CAMP HOPE WAS THE DESIGNATED PROJECT FOR THE HEARTLAND DISTRICT SRING CONVENTION IN JUNCTION CITY, MAY 2ND & 3RD.

Betty Schneider (projects chair) presents a van load of items collected at Pilot Club Spring Convention plus 9 digital cameras and $1150.00 in checks & gift cards to Gail Moeder from Camp Hope

Betty Schneider (projects chair) presents a van load of items collected at Pilot Club Spring Convention plus 9 digital cameras and $1150.00 in checks & gift cards to Gail Moeder from Camp Hope

Camp Hope - Heartland is a 501c(3) nonprofit camp whose goal is to provide a normal, active and safe camp experience where children can celebrate life beyond a cancer diagnosis. It takes place at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, Kansas June 16-22, 2019. Camp hope was started in 1983 by Donna Brown who lost two precious children to cancer (Kyle and Melanie). Camp Hope is open to children & teens between ages of 5-17 years of age who have or have had cancer. A day camp is offered for ages 4 or for youth unable to attend the the full week of camp. Camp Hope is FREE for all attendees. It costs approximately 41,000 per camper for the week. Campers coome from Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Camp Hope is unique. It assists camper’s needs through a fully functional, on-site medical team 24-hours a day.Volunteers come from as far as Alaska and return year after year. Some of the campersreturn as volunteers when they become adults.It takes approximately 120 volunteers to run the camp. The campers enjoy traditional summer camp activities including, but not limited to swimming, bowling, golf, fishing, hiking, archery, arts, crafts, photography, and more.

Camp Hope is a time for children to be with peers who have or have had similiar life-altering illnesses and in a setting that lets them forget about their cancer, enjoy normal activities, and enjoy one of the best weeks of their lives. It gives them a sense of empowerment, self-determination anfd self-esteem. Some campers return year after year.

Great Bend Pilot Club is the first sponsor for the Barton County Walk to End Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is a gradual and slowly progressive disease of the brain that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It is a neurodegenerative disorder chacacterized with impaired memory, reasoning, language and perception. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia in the United States. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s increases drastically after the age of 70 and affects roughly one half of the population over the age of 85, although many people live into their 90’s and never develope Alzheimers.

The causes of Alzheimers is unknown. Living with the disease impacts an individual’s ability to function in everday life. Treatment options are available. The individuals with Alzheimer’s needs to feel safe and secure in their environment and need a solid sense of routine. Reducing clutter in the home and keeping everything in the same place can help reduce confusion. A healthy diet and daily walks and light exercise can be beneficial to reducing the symptoms of the disease.

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Betty Schneider of the Great Bend Pilot Club presents a check for $500 to Denise Vann, Program Specialist/Walk Manager for the Barton County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday5, 2019, location to be determined. Pilot Club is the first sponsor for the walk. Honor a loved with Alzheimer’s or who had the disease with a tribute donation to the Great Bend Pilot Club Alzheimer’s Walk Team.

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GREAT BEND PILOT CLUB SHARES BRAIN-O BINGO WITH COMMUNITY SENIORS

March 11-17 is dedicated as Brain awareness week. The Brain Awareness Week campaign unities families, schools, and communities in a worldwide celebration of the brain.The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiative founded the now- global campain in 1996.

Great Bend Pilot Club advances Pilot International’s goal to protect the brain through education and research. BrainMinders is Pilot International’s signature program origionally designed in 2001 to teach safety to chilren to help prevent brain injuries. Realizing there was a need to teach brain prevention to people of all ages, Pilots have expanded the program to include presentations for youth and seniors. One of these presentations is Brain-O Bingo for Seniors. Great Bend Pilots decided to support brain awareness by introducing Brain-O Bingo to four senior health facilities is in Great Bend, Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Riverbend, Medicalodge and Brookdale.

Instead of calling out bingo numbers the call-cards have a safety picture with a written safety tip on the card such as, a picture of a walking cane with a safety tip of “if you need a walking cane to walk independently, make sure you have one that will not slip on the floor.” Another example is a call-card with a picture of eyeglasses under the R heading. The safety tip reads: “if you wear eyeglasses, keep them clean so you can see better to prevent accidents and keep them in a designated safe place where you can easily find them.” Frequently Pilots give you a story or example of what happens if the safety tip is not followed. If the picture called is found on your card, you place a marker. Markers in a straight line up & down, across or diagonal give you a bingo. An owl picture in the center is like the free space on a regular bingo card.

On March 15, 2019 James, a resident at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center, played Brain-O Bingo with Pilot Club. Note the pictures on his card instead of numbers.

On March 15, 2019 James, a resident at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center, played Brain-O Bingo with Pilot Club. Note the pictures on his card instead of numbers.

On March 19, 2019 Great Bend Pilots Sally O’Connor & Norma Ward assist residents at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation with Brain-O Bingo. Janice Walker calls out the picture on the call-card and gives the appropriate safety tip that matches the picture.

On March 19, 2019 Great Bend Pilots Sally O’Connor & Norma Ward assist residents at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation with Brain-O Bingo. Janice Walker calls out the picture on the call-card and gives the appropriate safety tip that matches the picture.

On March 22 Great Bend Pilots Renee Johnson, Joyce Fry, Janice Walker, and Darlene Mathers assist residents at Riverbend with Brain-O Bingo. Jari Marietta calls out the picture on the call-card.

On March 22 Great Bend Pilots Renee Johnson, Joyce Fry, Janice Walker, and Darlene Mathers assist residents at Riverbend with Brain-O Bingo. Jari Marietta calls out the picture on the call-card.

Medicalodge residents play BrainO Bingo.

Medicalodge residents play BrainO Bingo.

Pilot member Donna Kimber assists residents at Mediclodge. play Brain O Bingo.

Pilot member Donna Kimber assists residents at Mediclodge. play Brain O Bingo.

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On March 27, Pilot Club members assist Brookdale residents play Brain-O Bingo. Members are Betty Schneider, Janice Walker, Barbara Watson, Marilyn Kopke and Carol Hawk and Daniel Watson in the back.

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Brookdale residents play Brain O Bingo.

Great Bend Pilot Christmas Luncheon was held on December 18th at Flavored Celebrations.

Mary Lou, Dee, Dalene, Renee

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Marilyn, Barbara, Janice, Jari, Carol, Marty

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Cindy, Norma, JoAnne

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Becky, Nancy and Lois

Pilot Club members enjoyed a lunch of chicken club casserole, salad andchocolate turti cake for desert. Christmas games and drawings were enjoyed by all. Each member was given a Christmas name according to their month of birth and first name.

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Nancy, Lynette, Dedra, Sally and Mary

Great Bend Pilots provide supper for the Circles of Central Kansas Program

Circles of Central Kansas, is a program designed to give people a road map out of poverty. Circles of Central Kansas is a joint effort between the Barton County Health Department, the 20th Judicial District Community Corrections, the Essdack Program at the Barton County Academy, and the Kansas Kids at Gear Up.  The Circles program connects people in relationships across income lines and helps develop clear goals for education and stable income.  Circles are focused on supporting families to help themselves completely out of poverty.

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Nicci Henderson, Judy Fox, Joyce Fry and Ros Neeland provided desert for supper and  pizza for the Circle's meeting on August 16th. Janice Walker decided not to purchase a past president's pin and donated the money for the pizza.