International Care & Kindness Week is a week-long public awareness campaign meant to bring awareness to how simple acts can change a day, a life or the world by simply showing somone you care. International Care & Kindness Week encourages people to “Take time to Care and Be Kind.” Pilots mission is to influence positive change in communities throughout the world by coming together in friendship and service, focusing on encouraging brain safety and health and supporting those who care for others.
Body Venture is a unique educational program designed to involve 5th grade students in learning the skills and choices for a healthy lifestyle. At each of the BODY VENTURE’s eleven stations, a Pilot volunteer presents information using a written script and engages the students in a five-minute activity focused on healthy food choices & being pysically active. Body Venture is about learning to EAT SMART, PLAY HARD. Follow the studen’t journey through the body in pictures and scripts about each station.
Students enter the main body structure through the mouth and sit on stools shaped like teeth. Ros Neeland discussesssss the importance of eating foods with calcium to build strong teeth. Ros helps a student floss the teeth the correct way. “Mr. Gross Mouth” is a hands-on prop that emphasis the importance of avoiding tobacco products and drugs.
Sharon Mauler shows the students the lungs of a smoker. PLAYING HARD is an important concept learned in the lungs Physical activity, PLAYING HARD, is good for the lungs just like it is good for the heart. Students participate in an activity to learn what breathing is like if you have emphysema or asthma.
Mary Aldrich teaches the students the importance of having three servings from the MyPlate milk group everyday. Our bones are called the skeleton and our bodies have 206 bones. Some of the bones are long, short, round, flat, big or little. About 100 of our bones are in our hands and feet. Kids are shown a real wild pig bone which resembles a human bone, but are much smaller.
Nancy Schuetz is getting ready to set up her station on the muscles. A replica of one pound of fat and muscle is shown. Muscle is much more compact than fat making it healthier in the body. To provide fuel when kids are PLAYING HARD, muscles need carbohydrates from grain, vegetable and fruit groups. To keep muscles strong, students learn they need protein from the meat, bean and milk groups. The students participate in a stretching activity to emphasize the importance of stretching their muscles.
Barbara Watson teaches the importance of taking good care of your skin on the inside and outside. The skin is a protective covering for all the other body parts. It is important to take care of any injury to the skin. Clean cuts with soap ad water and keep the cut covered. In this station, “pretend germs” are placed on a child’s hand and everyone can see them under a black light. The child then shakes hands with another child. Then everyone looks at both hands of both children under the black light to learn how easily germs are spread. Students leave the body through a cut in the skin and proceed through the Panther Power Pathway to Life.
In the Pathway to Life, Daniel Watson reviews all the important concepts learned in all the other stations. The Pathway has many graphics of Power Panther engaged in various activities.
On October 16, 1921 the forty Charter Members of Pilot International came together to sign the origional Pilot Charter. From that day on, Pilots aroung the world celebrate & honor this historic day, October 18, as Founders Day, the birthday of Pilot. Pilot International Founder’s Fund was estabilished to support the community-based work of pilot clubs by helping to underwrite the club efforts to serve in the areas of preparing youth for service, encouraging brain safety & health and supporting those who care for others. Pilot International and it’s clubs are able to improve the lives of others through education, volunteerism and financial support and research.
THe PROMISE GARDEN is a hands-on, mission-focused experience that allows particiapnts to raise flowers representing their promise to remember, honor, care & fight for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Together, the PROMISE flowers create a dynamic, colorful and meanful “garden.” The color of the flowers represent: BLUE - I have Alzheimers/dementia. YELLOW: I am supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia. PURPLE: I have lost someone to Alzheimer’s/dementia. ORANGE: I support the cause & the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s/dementia. Particiapnts can write a name or a personal message on their flower to further show their dedication to the cause.
Concussions are suprisingly common in sports injuries especially football, ice hockey, soccer and even volleyball. Concussions do not always involve being “knocked out” or a loss of consciousness. A concussion occurs whenever a child’s mental status is altered as a result of trauma (usually a blow to the head). A child who shows signs of mental confusion or is “dinged” by a blow to the head has suffered a concussion. Concussions often result in mental and physical symptoms such as inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. Most sysptoms disappear in 10 days. Concussions are managed according to the severity of symptoms. If a child losses consciousness he should be evaluated immediately after the concussion occurs to rule out other injuries, loss of consciousness and his vital signs. REMEMBER NOT ALL BRAIN INJURIES HEAL THE SAME.
Judy Fox and Nancy Sundahl representing the Pilot CLub of Great Bend present a check to Patrick Busch for the BCC Food Bank. The Pilots donate funds to support the food bank each semester. Food insecurities on college campuses is a nation-wide concern. Pilot Club realizes their is a need for a food pantry. Good nutrition fuels the brain making studing and retention of knowledge important. Brain safety is a major focus for the Pilot Club. Coleen Cape, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, from BCC stated the food pantry is a tremendous success and many students have benefited from the generosity and kindness of the community and Pilot Club.
Darlene Mathers, Sharon Mauler and Nancy Schuetz tie fleece blankets for project “Warm Embrace.”
Arrowhead West, Inc is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. They serve 14 counties and have offices in Dodge City, Medicine Lodge, Pratt, Kinsely and Wichita. they have touched the lives of more than 1,000 clients and emplay 235 members.
Arrowhead West’s mission is to employ people to live meaningful and productive lives. Their vision is to provide outstanding service that leads to making informed choices about independence, employment, community participation and healthy lifestyles. They provide day services, community integrated employment, targeted case management, transportation for their clients and opportunities for volunteering.
Alzheimer’s disease is a global crisis with significant local impact. Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million individuals are serving as their unpaid caregivers. Right here in Kansas 53,000 families are facing this progressive disease which is devastating our families, our finances, and our future. 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2020, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.
Barton County Community Foundation Board has chosen to recognize Kevin and Nancy Sundahl with the “Ol Bill Honorarium” at its annual Benefit Auction which is set for 6 p.m. on August 24th at the Breat Bend Columbus Club. The honorarium allows acution attendees to donate a scholarship in the name of the honorees. Kevin and Nancy were two members of the first Barton class in the fall of 1969. The Sundahls have recently established an endowed scholarship as a way to “pay back’to the college. They are both involved in the community. Nancy is a charter member of the Pilot Club of Great Bend. She serves as Corresponding Secretary and Co-chair of the Projects Division.
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.
Pilots Ros Neeland, Janice Walker, Heather Quillan representing Sunflower Diversified, Betty Schneider presenting the check, Sally O’Connor and Barbara Watson. These Pilot Club members along with Heather are working on the next Autism workshop scheduled for April 18, 2020.
Great Bend Pilots collect their spare change in a can at all their meetings. Part of this money was donated to Sunflower Diversified Services to support their “Invest In Kids” Club. The “Invest In Kids” Club ensures the future of infants and children with develomental delays. Their mascot is Grant the Giraffe’
Great Bend Pilot Club Members - Seated: Rhonda Knudson, Darlene Mathers, Renee Johnson and Nancy Schuetz. Standing: Sharon Mauler, Judy Fox presenting the $250 check to, representing the library, Marty Aldrich, Mary Cramer, Nancy Rogers and Carol Hawk.
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.
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.
Great Bend Pilot Club President Rhonda Knudson explains how Pilot Club got it’s name. The name Pilot was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of the 1920’s who represented leadership and guidance. Pilot Club’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in our community. Our focus is to Do More, Care More and Be more. Our emphasis is on brain related diseases and injury, research and how to prevent brain injury. Rhonda discussed our projects which aide our community and the fundraising that makes these projects possible. Geraniums and a pie were given as door prizes.
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 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.
Brookdale residents play Brain O Bingo.