Fall 2017 Pilot Log

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INSIDE: An Introduction to Pilot International President Faith Stamps PLUS: Fall Membership Drive & Giving Tuesday



Giving Tuesday

27 Profile on Faith



Welcome to our 2017 Fall Issue – an introduction to our new president and executive committee! Pilot provides me the opportunity to join with like-minded individuals to render service to others and to support positive change in communities worldwide. – Collett Cross, Director Pilot lets me put in action my passion for service and do it side by side with some of my favorite people - other Pilots. – Karen Cupit, President Elect

Pilot is my service organization of choice because I believe in the ABC’s of Pilot and the opportunity we have as a Pilot to make a difference. – Lisa Patterson, Director Plot International is my service organization of choice because for nearly 100 years Pilots have continued to hold to their Code of Ethics to” never omitting an opportunity of doing a kindness or making a friend” worldwide. - Merrily Burns, Director

Pilot International is my service organization of choice because of the circle of friends who believe in kindness and service. – Peggy Benton, Treasurer Pilot is my service organization of choice because while service is the “hands” of Pilot, friendship is its “heart.” – Deb Hays, Vice President Pilot International has heart-service to our communities but done with love! – Rhona Espinoza, Director I believe in our mission, we do influence a positive change in our world. Each club does it in a different way, but in the end we all focus on the needs of our communities. – Elena Lara, Secretary

Pilot provides professionals not only an outlet for service, but also a strong network of friends throughout the world. – Faith Stamps, President PILOTLOG FALL 2017 | 3


PILOT INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Faith Stamps INTERIM DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & EDITOR OF PILOT LOG Kerry Freeman THE MISSION OF PILOT INTERNATIONAL IS: to influence positive change in communities throughout the world. TO DO THIS, WE: come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service. WE FOCUS ON: • preparing youth and young adults for service. • encouraging brain safety and health. • supporting those who care for others. The Pilot Log is the official publication of Pilot International. The Pilot Log (ISSN#1045-179X) is published quarterly at Pilot International Headquarters, 102 Preston Court, Macon, Georgia 31210. Printed in U.S.A. © 2017 Pilot International. Subscriptions US$10.00, US$15.00 if mailed outside North America. Periodicals Postage Paid at Macon, GA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Pilot Log, 102 Preston Court, Macon, GA 31210. As the official publication of Pilot International, this magazine carries authorized statements and articles regarding the activities and programs of the organization. Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the writer and are not necessarily the official views of Pilot International. The editor is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts. NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY STATEMENT Pilot International affirms the policy of participation in all programs and employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, age, national origin or disability. The Boards of Directors and Trustees are committed to each Pilot Club to uphold the Code of Ethics, purpose and mission of Pilot International by reflecting the common cause of friendship and service in all activities, including the consideration of prospective members, in a nondiscriminatory manner. PILOT INTERNATIONAL 102 Preston Court, Macon, GA 31210-5768 P: (478) 477-1208, F: (478) 477-6978 www.pilotinternational.org THE PILOT LOG 4 | FALL 2017 PILOTLOG

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We love to hear from you! Email or send by post your Pilot Club photos and news for possible inclusion in THE PILOT LOG or on our Pilot International Headquarters Facebook page! Here are some things to remember about photos: • If possible, identify the Pilots, Anchors or other subjects in the photo, left to right. • We cannot use photos clicked, saved and downloaded from the Internet because they will appear fuzzy or pixelated on a printed page. Also, news clippings and photos cannot be reproduced. • In many cases, the digital photos from your mobile devices will translate to print, but we may contact you if the photos you send will not reproduce well. • Lastly, if you email us, send any photos as attachments to your email; do not embed them with your text in the email. Email material to: kerry@pilothq.org Or send by post to: Communications Director, Kerry Freeman THE PILOT LOG 102 Preston Court Macon, GA 31210 Submission deadline for the WINTER 2017 edition of the Pilot Log is December 1, 2017

PILOT CLUB CORNER Reminders and Notices to Keep Clubs on Course • POCKET CALENDARS – The new 2017-2018 Pocket Calendars have arrived and can be ordered from the Membership Department. Order now in batches of 5 for $20. This price includes shipping/handling charges. The calendars make great club/marketing tools for your members and prospective members. You may contact the Club Services Department, stephanie@pilothq.org or you can call (478) 477-1208, Ext 308 to place your orders. • NEW BROCHURE – There is a new marketing/ recruiting piece for our Pilot clubs. The new Pilot brochure is available and can be ordered using the form on the website or contacting the Membership Department. We think you will be pleased to share the new trifold, double sided brochure with friends in your communities, letting them know all about Pilot International. You may contact the Club Services Department, stephanie@pilothq.org or you can call (478) 4771208, Ext 308 to place your orders. • THE 2018 PI DIRECTORY is also on the PI website and is a valuable source of information for all of our Districts. The Directory is password protected with the same password as used in previous years. You can find the dates and locations of all the 2018 District Conventions in the Directory. Please keep the Membership Department at HQ updated with all contact information, especially current email addresses. Remember, all Pilot Logs are mailed to the latest address we have in the database for our members. • CLUB SUCCESS STORIES – We love to share your events on the Pilot International FB page and/or the Pilot Log so please submit Club Success Stories to Communications at Headquarters.


2017/2018 PI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE New Executive Committee kick-starts year with service project in Macon, GA Representing Pilot leaders from nine states, the 201718 Executive Committee came to Macon, Georgia headquarters in late August for its annual strategic planning retreat. But before the business began, the newly minted leadership team took time out to serve others. With the support of Georgia Cancer Specialists and the Macon Pilot Club, they built hygiene kits for the local Daybreak Center clients. The Center helps individuals who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged. EC members were provided a tour of the facility when they delivered the hygiene kits. The items were collected at Georgia Cancer Specialist offices in the middle Georgia area. Headquarters staff picked up the items and brought them to their offices. There, Macon Pilot Club volunteers sorted the items into categories to expedite the kit building process for the EC. A big thank you to all who took part in this project; and thank you to the Pilot Executive Committee for leading by doing!



PI PRESIDENT ELECT Karen Cupit karen.cupit@att.net

PI DIRECTOR Merrily Burns





PI DIRECTOR Collett Cross




elena.pcdallas@gmailcom peggybenton1206@gmail.com

PI DIRECTOR Rhona Baca Espinoza ruapilot2@msn.com

PI DIRECTOR Lisa Patterson



MEMBERSHIP Nickola Gomez-Dawkins 242-324-2458 ndawkins02@gmail.com

PROJECTS Vivian Lee 843-439-1771


FUNDRAISING Holly Baker 815-228-8077


ANCHOR Sammye Hill 256-490-1845


LEADERSHIP Susan Blair 757-650-0667 lbp@lbwcc.edu

NOTE: For a complete listing of all 2017-2018 Pilot International Appointees and District Leaders, please visit www.pilotinternational.org

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Remember the Pilot International Founders Fund (PIFF) in your will, trust or other estate plans. Thank you. PILOTLOG FALL 2017 | 7


ALABAMA ARKANSAS-OKLAHOMA Beverly Wilkerson Patti Nelson 256-338-4754 918-367-7633

THE BAHAMAS Ethel Laing 242-727-0210




GEORGIA Katharine Banning 678-469-5703

JAPAN Shigeko Kamada

KANSAS-MISSOURI Joan Williams 913-205-5249



COED Maricka Jansen


KENTUCKY-OHIOWEST VIRGINIA Aynn Titchenal 614-599-0338

FLORIDA Caroline Fallis 850-570-1997


LOUISIANA Jo Ann Pickering 318-376-1687



MICHIGAN-INDIANA Sue Terrell 502-649-9501 sue.terrell@twc.com

MIDWEST Arla Sedlacek 319-354-4330


MISSISSIPPI Gail Adams 662-231-0780


NORTH CAROLINA Joyce Ferguson 828-429-5967 Jhferg49@gmail.com

NORTHEAST POTOMAC Nancy Swart 610-469-2546


SOUTH CAROLINA Anna Nunnery 803-968-1575

SOUTHWESTERN Ginger Mercer 505-864-4334

TENNESSEE Gay Hinson 931-306-8312

arnunnery@yahoo.com Gingermercer59@hotmail.com gayhinson@hotmail.com 8 | FALL 2017 PILOTLOG

TEXAS Connie Hernandez 713-301-8811 Connie0420@att.net

VIRGINIA Suzanne Langston 757-934-1346


MEMBERSHIP It’s not too Late! Do More. Care More. BRING MORE! Pilots! Our Fall Membership Drive is in full swing! Pilot International is offering cash prizes to clubs that increase their membership ranks at the 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% levels. Clubs are divided into three tiers according to size for these incentives. Our theme is “Do More, Care More, BRING More!” So Pilots, bring it on!! Show us what Pilots are made of; beat those bushes; place Pilot in your community’s spotlight! There are resources to help you on the Member Resources page of our website. All new members recruited between September 5th and November 10th apply toward the cash incentives below:

25% growth 50% growth 75% growth 100% growth

25 or fewer members $25 $50 $75 $75 + 1 Convention registration

Have you invited a guest(s) to a meeting? Please be intentional about recruiting and expanding your club. We hope you’re reading the “Do More, Care More, BRING More” weekly e-mail blasts that tell personal Pilot stories from across the Pilot geographic spectrum. Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a meaningful network of friendship and service? We scheduled the Membership Drive so that the cash incentive prizes could be sent to achieving clubs before the holidays. You might use them for enhancing your special Christmas outreach events; or for your club celebrations. Like the new members you recruit, the prizes will serve to multiply Pilot’s presence and impact.

25-40 members $100 $150 $200 $200 + 1 Convention registration

41+ members $250 $350 $500 $500 + 1 Convention registration


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PRESIDENT’S LETTER FAITH STAMPS PILOT INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Dear Pilots, Serving as Pilot International President this year is a great honor. Each of us on the Executive Committee is determined to uphold the trust and confidence of the members in the months ahead. As an international service organization, Pilots around the world must be willing to explore the possibilities and navigate Pilot’s vibrant future. Three strategic priorities will be at the top of the list this year for the Executive Committee and our Headquarters. First, we will work to support and strengthen Club and district engagement. Specifically, we hope to develop both training and training benchmarks for officers to help drive membership growth. Do you realize that if each club identified one or two members to bring to the Nashville Convention next year, we would bring our attendance numbers back up into the 1,000s? OR if every Club had the goal of recruiting just one member, what that would look like for our organization? Second, Pilot must more effectively brand itself. How can Pilot International do this better? Perhaps it’s a partnership; perhaps it’s strengthening our focus in a certain area. Consistency in branding must be at all levels of the organization; from the individual member, club, and district to Pilot International headquarters. Both headquarters staff and the executive committee hope to drive more effective and consistent branding standards for Pilot over this year.

And third…Pilot will work to become innovative; an organization that is willing to explore the possibilities. From examining how Districts vary in their individual needs, to exploring ways to become more relevant to more members – we must work on connecting with prospective members. And this doesn’t mean doing business as usual. It is imperative for us to think outside the norm and ask ourselves what is the value of Pilot not only in our communities, but internationally. What is our value proposition? As this 2017-18 Pilot year progresses, I challenge each of you, as Pilot members, to explore the possibilities….to challenge the status quo and not do business as usual. If we make this commitment worldwide, in clubs and districts, Pilot International will not only celebrate growth at its 100th anniversary; Pilot will be celebrated for years to come as the organization that really does…Do more Care more and Be more. In Pilot service,

Faith Stamps PI President


Our History Pilot International was chartered on October 18, 1921 in Macon, Georgia, U.S.A. by Elizabeth Leonard and forty local businesswomen. The name “Pilot” was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance. Pilot Principles: Friendship and Service Motto: “True Course Ever” Colors: Green (life and vigor) and Gold (sincerity of purpose) Emblem: A riverboat pilot’s wheel with eight spokes First Pilot President: Lucy B. Allen, elected at the organization’s first convention in 1922.


Our Mission The mission of Pilot International is: to influence positive change in communities throughout the world. To do this, we: come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service. We focus on: • preparing youth and young adults for service. • encouraging brain safety and health. • supporting those who care for others.


PROFILE ON FAITH mission driven person” who strongly believes in servant leadership. Faith joined Pilot in 2003, and today is a member of the Luncheon Pilot Club of Danville. Her most memorable Club experience is visiting local nursing homes with her dog. “Our club had a program where members visited monthly and took their dogs to interact with the residents.” A member of Pilot International for 14 years, Faith was the 2009-2010 Virginia District Governor, and has served in several capacities on the international level of Pilot, including membership on the 2012-2013 Partnership Task Force; and as a Division Coordinator. She served as Pilot International Secretary from 2013-2015 and Vice President from 2015-2016. She credits a few Past International Presidents with encouraging her to consider becoming involved at the international level.

The Pilot International community extends its warmest welcome to Faith Stamps, our 2017-2018 President. Faith is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville, Virginia Area, where she leads daily operations and works closely with a board of directors to raise funds and manage services. A dedicated volunteer and professional leader, Faith supervises senior staff at work and is responsible for planning and implementing the nonprofit’s strategic plan and annual budget. She holds a Master’s of Education from Averett University, as well as a Non-profit Management Certificate from both Stanford University and Duke University. In June 2017 Faith attended Harvard University where she was one of 60 Boys & Girls Clubs CEOs participating in Harvard’s Executive Leadership program. Faith grew up in Danville, Virginia where she and her husband Larry reside. She describes herself as a “very 14 | FALL 2017 PILOTLOG

“As an international service organization, Pilot must continue to look toward the future,” said Faith. “Pilot Clubs and individual Pilots make an impact every day by meeting the needs in their specific communities through service. Pilot International must be guided by its strategic direction. This year’s focus will include supporting and strengthening clubs, building training tools for future leaders and enhancing Pilot’s international focus and branding.” Faith’s immediate goal this year is to grow membership. She believes it is imperative that local clubs adapt to the needs and expectations of a new generation of volunteers. Her long-term goal is to connect with an international partner to expand Pilot’s impact of volunteerism and philanthropy. When asked why Pilot is the service club of choice for today’s professionals, Faith offered a thoughtful response: “Pilot was built on the foundation of friendship and service. It is this foundation that sets Pilot apart from other service organizations. Through the years, I have met many Pilots, and a common thread is apparent among all members – our passion for helping our communities and our focus on supporting each other. Pilot provides professionals not only an outlet for service, but also a strong network of friends throughout the world.”


Tuscaloosa Pilot Club honors past president, Cindy Shrum, with a lantern.

Defuniak Springs pilot member Marylene Rhodes being recognized by Florida Governor Caroline Fallis

On September 27th, 85 year old Ms. Edith Moore was presented with Pick Me Up from the Pilot Club of Lucaya. Ms. Moore has four special sons and she is their caregiver. 8 pilots visited the family and showered Ms. Moore with a certificate to Angela’s Beauty Salon, where she was be pampered by Denice. She also received a Fruit Tray, four gallons of drinks and a blanket. Ms. Moore was very surprised and expressed her gratitude to the Pilots.Standing left to right: Pilot Angela, Governor Ethel, Past International President Debbie, Pilots Johnika and Silvia. Kneeling: Karen Seated: Ms. Moore and Shanti.

President, Pat Follin, of the Pilot Luncheon Club of Morgan County presented a $530 check to Angie Speegle, Alzheimer’s Program Director at the Mental Health Association of Morgan County. They are music and memory certified. This donation will allow MHA to purchase 10 iPod Shuffles which will help Alzheimer patients and those with other forms of Dementia. The music and memory program helps patients to become more cooperative, happier, relieves stress, and helps with boredom in patients and much more. The Pilot Luncheon Club of Morgan County is excited to be contributing to this program.



Cell phone etiquette presentation with Gail Wilson & Debbie Ray

Pilots traveling to Pilot Club North Fall Council. Evening San Jacinto Pilot Monica Garza, Texas District Governor Connie Hernandez, Lt Governor Gail Wilson, Pilot Club of Baytown Pilots: Carolyn Parrish & Judy Wheat.

Allene DonCarlos, Membership Coordinator, presents on Membership and Concussion Awareness.


A sea of lavender bringing the joy of Pilot to Fall Council in Mesquite.


On July 29th, The Pilot Club of Lucaya, started its 2017- 2018 Pick Me Up Program, under the leadership of President Keira Cox. For the past three years we observed Mr. Seymour, a faithful dedicated husband, and caregiver for his beautiful wife stricken with cancer. He is a loving, committed, positive role model for the three daughters that he adores.

Pilot Club Health & Safety Leader, Tammy Phenicie, presents donation to David Bernard, Chief Executive Officer, Becky Chalupa, Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Ruby Parveen, Neurologist, and Susan Zamora, Stroke Coordinator. Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital urges the residents of Baytown and the surrounding communities to educate themselves regarding the symptoms and possible prevention of this potentially deadly condition. As a Gold Plus Primary Stroke Center, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is committed to helping stroke patients achieve the best possible long-term outcomes. For more information about The Stroke Education and Outreach Program at Houston Methodist San Jacinto.

The Japan District’s Fall Workshop took place in Tokyo September 9 with 90 Pilots attending; and Hiroshima September 10 with 72 Pilots attending. What a great turnout! Governor Shigeko Kiki Kamada reports that all Japan Pilot Clubs are enthusiastic about their social contributions and very active in serving their local communities.

Japan clubs are also challenged with membership retention and growth. They listened to presentations by successful clubs, and exchanged ideas with question and answer sessions. The Fall Workshop also featured a presentation on Pilot’s enhanced BrainMinders™ program; as well as business sessions on membership, projects, fundraising, policies, etc.



The Pilot Club of Fort Lauderdale is proud of our member Dorothy Moore (top right) as she takes on the position of LT Governor of the Florida District South Region. She jumped right in and scheduled the South Region Workshop for August 12th. One of the activities we did was to break into 3 groups and discuss Membership, Projects and Fundraising. Each group brainstormed old activities that their clubs have tried and new ides to try in the future. We were honored to have the Florida District Governor, Caroline Fallis (top left), in attendance. She shared some great ideas for projects. She also gave us closing remarks as to how to make this upcoming year successful for each club, for the District which in turn makes PI successful as well.



Georgia District Fall Council GA District Fall Council Pilots participating in a workshop called “The Wishing Ornament� led by Governor Katharine Banning (standing). Seen in the foreground are Past PI President Ann Adams and Past Governor Gail Sharber

Start a Compass Club TODAY! Compass Clubs provide young adults and professionals with the opportunity to be a valuable part of their community. Members serve as volunteers in community service projects, develop leadership skills, and advance personal and professional goals. For more information on establishing a Compass Club, contact Donna Rainwater at 478-477-1208 ext. 305 or visitwww.pilotinternational.org/compass


ANCHOR CLUB NEWS September was a great kickoff month for the Maclay Anchor Club’s (Tallahassee, FL) 2017-2018 year. They were able to gain up to thirty fabulous new members, formulate their plans for the upcoming year, and most importantly, honor those in their Maclay community who have had cancer. In early September, they had a teal-themed bake sale, as the ovarian cancer’s official color is teal. With each sale they made, they passed out cards that had facts about ovarian cancer, from survival rates to treatment options. They made upwards of $175, all of which will go toward ovarian cancer research. At the end of the month, on September 27 during lunch, they held a remembrance for those who have


experienced cancer. They are an open-air high school with a medium-sized oak tree in the center of all the classroom pods. They wrapped a string around the trunk of the tree, put clothespins on the string, and laid out different colored notecards which represented many different types of cancer, including breast, childhood, and, of course, ovarian. Students and faculty wrote symbols, notes, and names on the cards and then hung the cards up on the tree. Their Anchor club was able to bring their community closer together and touch many hearts through their event, and it was a terrific way to start their year.


Brenham High School Anchor Club members participating in their County Fair’s Parade. From left to right: Anchor Colton Jaster, Anchor Mary Caroline Bearden, Anchor Andrea Jantzi, Mom Collena Jantzi, Anchor Rosie Mendoza

The Our Lady of Grace Anchor Club members decorated rocks to participate in the Kindness Rocks Project. These rocks will have a note attached and will be distributed around the community to brighten someone’s day.

Club of Brenham attend South Texas Fall Council in El Campo, Texas. Anchor Left to Right: Marshall Wagner, Anna Longhofer, parent Collena Jantzi, and Andrea Jantzi


COORDINATOR UPDATE HOLLY BAKER 2017-2018 FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR A record 373 billion was donated to charities in 2016. This represents an almost 10% increase from the previous year. Demographics change not only why people give, but how and how often. Understanding generational giving behaviors is key in effectively engaging supporters for fundraisers through channels they prefer. In doing this, you will capture maximum support, participation, and donations for your clubs and districts. Let’s break it down. Millennials born from 1980-1997 represent 25.9% of the US population and 11% of total US giving. A record 84% of them give to charity donating an annual average of $481 across only 3.3 organizations. To become one of those 3.3, you must understand they are highly active on their phones and respond to text messages and social media. Millennials are most likely to contribute to peer to peer initiatives due the fact they feel connected via social media. To attract Millennial support, you must go mobile with your event or cause. Many Millennials will watch organizational videos and visit your organization’s website prior to giving.


Generation Xers are the group born from 19651979. They hold 20.4% of the population and a whopping 20% of total US giving. They tend to give a bit more, an average of $732 to 3.9 organizations. Here is what you need to know about this group. They will stay up to date with social media; however they prefer text messages, personal phone calls, and they will actually check their email. They are more apt to fundraise for a cause, make a pledge, and volunteer their time to an organization. The Boomers are our beloveds born from 1946-1964. They are 23.6% of the US population and a booming 43% of total US giving. They average $1,212 across 4.5 organizations. Boomers will answer the phone calls, check email regularly and are warming up to social media. They are the most likely to make recurring donations on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. Greatest Generation individuals were born before 1945. 11.8% of the US population can call themselves part of this group and they hold a healthy 26% of total US giving. A generous

generation, 88 % of the “Greats” give an average of $1,376 spread within 6.2 organizations. You will need to get on the phone or direct mail them to get their attention and they are most likely to give through a direct campaign or donate physical goods. You are probably thinking why so many numbers and what can we take away from this to benefit our clubs. As our clubs evolve and include members from multiple generations, it is vital and smart to be cognizant of how your fundraiser should be presented for maximum effect. Know your target audience and take their preferred mode of communication into consideration. Think about which groups may be passionate about your cause or event and reach out to them. You may need to consider multiple media and graphics to appeal to multiple generations. There is power in knowing your possible donor bases. Below are a few suggestions to further educate yourself and your clubs in regards to fundraising efforts. I wish you all the very best wishes in your fundraising efforts this year! Holly Baker


“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the one who serves nor the served, but all pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.” Mahatma Ghandi Pilot International means many things to many people. Most of our members join Pilot to provide service to others. As Mahatma Ghandi was a strong proponent of service, we all in Pilot share the spirit of his belief of the true value of service. There is a pleasure that we receive when we provide a service that we give with all of our hearts. Throughout the world, in every organization, club, household, church, etc., we all bring different thoughts and talents to the table. Some people are very comfortable providing service directly to individuals; others may not be as comfortable, but they are able to provide supporting services. Each team member can make a valuable contribution – within their comfort level. The common element is that they want to participate in the process of improving the lives of others. These are the individuals that over the course of the next year we are looking for to increase our numbers. As the saying goes, “There is strength in numbers”! October is Membership month and there are several questions that we should ask ourselves: • Does my club set goals for membership each year? • Does my club have a plan to grow the membership? • Do we encourage or reward members for bringing in new people? The Pilot Club of Lucaya held share pilots, game nights, invited guests to

meetings and simply had fun with prospective members. Last year this Club grew its membership by twenty-nine percent and was recognized for this outstanding achievement at the District and International Conventions. The pride was evident in the President, the executive members and the entire club! Two years ago, I myself won the designation as the Pilot bringing in the most new members in the Bahamas District. At the District convention, I too felt a sense of pride when I received my award. This pride is even greater when persons that you have brought into the club go on to become presidents and even governors! The bottom line is that people like to feel rewarded and we need to give some incentives for growing our clubs. Pilot International is doing it with cash back; let us see how (in each of our clubs) we can incentivize our members to bring others into the organizations and the spirit of service.

Nickola Gomez-Dawkins has been a Member of the Pilot Club of Nassau for the past fifteen years and has served in several capacities including Governor, President, Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator for both the Club and the District. Nickola is currently serving as the Membership Coordinator of Pilot International.Nickola is active in her Church and other civic organizations. She is the President & CEO of her own IT & Project Management, IBIIS Ltd. She has one daughter, Dr. Gabrielle Dawkins.

As powerful as Mahatma Ghandi was he still felt that service was what he could provide for his people. The fire that he had inside compelled him forward. Over the course of this year, I will share some writings with you as we move toward our goal of growing our membership and impact. President Faith has shared her ideal, “Explore the Possibilities”. I ask that we “explore the possibilities” together this year so that Pilot International will have the best year ever and grow by leaps and bounds!



We burn out not because of what we do. We burn out because we forget WHY we do it. Remember your why. This summer I have been interested in reading books and articles by Dr. Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders. According to this wise man, it seems the latest voices from Generation iY, (the latest batch of Generation Y) call for a return to relationships. Communication is at an all-time low which is significant in that methods of communication are abounding. Pilot International is a great model of the power of relationships making a difference. The children’s song, “The more we get together, the happier we’ll be” can be broadened to include the activities, projects, and even fundraisers of the Pilot and Anchor Clubs. We truly need each other. As we begin our school year, I hope we can strengthen relationships between Pilot and Anchor on the club, district, and international levels. Congratulations to the Cape Coral High School Anchor Club! It was Pilot’s first new Anchor Club of the 2017-2018 school year. We have hopes of chartering new Anchor and Compass Clubs in each district. IMPACT: An assignment given to the struggling class of seniors was to write a short essay on an encounter with someone famous. Mark, an Anchor member, had just returned from the District Convention. He had had a weekend full of teens from other schools around the state as well as the District Administrative Council. Full of the excitement of the past few days, he wrote his essay about running errands for the governor, being called on for assistance by the governor, and even a conversation with the governor about his future. When he referred to the governor in the feminine tense, the teacher knew he was making it all up. She called on him to explain and maybe confess that he did not really know the governor. There was more than a little confusion when finally he realized that she thought he was writing about the Governor of the State when the reality was he was writing about the Pilot District Governor. He made the distinction to his teacher by saying, “No, I was talking about the kind of governor who helps people!” For Mark, the opportunity to be on the side of the helper rather than his usual place on the side of the needy fellow


with the needy family, proved to be a change point in his life. He began doing better in school: arriving cleaner, trying harder, holding his head a little higher. Through his years as an Anchor, he was given more responsibility, more occasions of being showcased (i.e. receiving the “Anchor of the Month” award), and more personal mentoring. He found a group of friends who worked together doing BrainMinders’ puppet shows or giving Pick-Me- Up baskets or washing dishes at a pancake breakfast. He applied for and received a scholarship to attend a technical school. Through his Anchor/Pilot connections, he got his first nice clothes to go for a job interview, notes of encouragement, advice on buying his first car, and help when his single mother was faced with a life-shortening medical diagnosis. In general, joining the Anchor Club was the impetus for his life’s journey into adulthood. Not all Anchors are changed as much as Mark. But the truth is, we don’t know who is changed, how much, for how long, or in what ways. But there is hope that each year, more than 7,500 young people around the globe are given an opportunity to feel valued, to learn how to serve, and to make a difference. What an awesome privilege we Pilots have to be a part of something so great! If your club does not sponsor an Anchor and/or Compass Club, would you consider making that step? Or at least help another group maybe in a neighboring Pilot Club or across your district? Sammye Hill is a high school teacher in Alabama. She is a member of the Pilot Club of Gadsden (Alabama District) and the advisor for the Hokes Bluff High School Anchor Club.


“Pilots engage in a variety of service projects. These projects encompass many areas, including supporting Anchor Clubs, producing BrainMinders presentations, volunteering at bike rodeos, and providing Pick Me Ups to caregivers and public servants. While some projects are handled by an individual club, other projects are provided by an entire district. Whether the focus is Anchor, Brain Safety, or Caregivers, all ideas are needed and welcome. If you are a Project Coordinator in your club or

district, please contact me directly so we can explore new possibilities in Pilot. Vivian has been a member of the Pilot Club of Bennettsville (South Carolina District) since 2000. She was encouraged to join by her mother, who is a 50+ year Pilot herself! She now shares her love of Pilot with her daughter. She hopes to influence positive change in all communities by sharing her fellow Pilot’s ideas with the whole Pilot family so they may continue to come together in friendship and service. “


“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pilot clubs are great places for leadership to blossom. You are part of an organization that offers friendship, compassion, and leadership. The leaders that have stepped up and taken on these roles are dedicated coaches and team players that offer guidance and support to their members. Their leadership roles are ones of building teams to achieve the goals set forth by the club. Everyone in your club has a strength that can be utilized. We, as leaders, need to be able to see our member’s strengths and put them towards achieving the goals. The first thing in achieving a goal is to create a vision. Leaders should be able to create inspiring visions and motivate their members to engage in that vision. The vision will provide directions and priorities. Leadership is being proactive-problem solving and looking ahead. Leadership can be hard to define and it means different things to different people. Leaders set direction and help

themselves and others do the right thing to move forward. To do this they create vision and then motivate and inspire others to reach that vision. They build and coach their teams to make them ever stronger. Susan has been a member of the Nansemond River Pilot Club for 9 years. She has been married to her husband Joe for 10 years and she has a son, Kyle, who is 29 years old. She is very active in the community and various organizations.”


DONOR PROFILE BARBARA A. CROW PILOT CLUB OF LEESVILLE, LOUSIANA DISTRICT Why did you charter/join your club? And how long have you been a member?

We have the annual Reindeer Run that raises money for Brain-Related Disorders.

I joined Pilot on February 12, 1984. My mother, Dorothy Crow, wanted me to join and be a part of the Chartering of the Pilot of Coushatta. I was very hesitant but finally gave in. I was not as excited about it as she was. Over the first few years I grew as a Pilot and wanted to be a part of this organization. I do Love Pilot and all of the work that is done on the club, district, and international levels. Several years ago, I moved my membership to the Pilot Club of Leesville. There I have joined a wonderful group of ladies, some I have known since first becoming a member of Pilot. I have now been a member for over 33 years and my passion for Pilot continues to grow.

Why is it important for you to attend the PI Convention—what is your best take away from being with all the other Pilots/Clubs?

What is your favorite part of being a member of your Club?

Because of the workshops, the Louisiana District started a TBI Camp for Survivors and Caregivers. A special thank you goes to Joanna Horton for all of her help in guiding us along to start this. It was her workshop at PI Convention that got us to believing that we could “Do It” too.

I truly love the members of my club. They are an outstanding group of ladies as well as my friends. The work that is done through this club by the many dedicated Pilots is remarkable and has put their mark on the city of Leesville. We want to be known through the many projects we participate in. The ladies in this club are so welcoming and seem to always have a smile on their face. Who would not want to be a member of this club, Pilot Club of Leesville?

You learn so much at convention that you can bring home to your club or your community. Before retiring from teaching, I could use a lot of what I learned in my classroom and the organizations that I was over. I enjoy seeing all of my friends from around the world, seeing my sister Governors, and most important, meeting new friends. It seems like we all just pick up where we left each other at the past/ last convention.

When you have to skip a year from convention, you feel like you have lost out on the friendship, service, workshops, and your friends. It just does not seem like there is enough time to visit with friends, old and new, and before you know it, it is time to come back home.

What is your favorite Club project and what makes it so wonderful to be a part of?

Does your District support your Club, and if yes how, if no what would you like support on?

This club donates to the local veterans. My father was a veteran of four wars so therefore it is a great passion of mine. The district has made this a service project several times at convention.

The Louisiana District is an awesome district to be a part of. It feels like the members in our district are one big happy family. We love and truly care about each other. All of the clubs are supported by the district. Fall Council is always so much fun. We are gathering information to take back to our clubs to make them better. District Convention is a more serious time. We are electing new officers, getting to know the new DAC

We are also part of Camp Fleur de Lis. This camp is for TBI Survivors and Caregivers. We donate our time and resources to helping make this camp better each year. 26 | FALL 2017 PILOTLOG

and Appointees. It is always fun to have a little free time to talk with Pilots from other clubs. We always seem to have a great time with each other laughing and sharing news from home and checking on Pilots that could not be there for the weekend. How does your community benefit from Pilot? The city of Leesville does know the Pilot Club is there. The presence of Pilot greets you coming into town. This club does so much for this community, the veterans, and the schools. We have Bingo with the residents of the nursing home. We are a giving group of ladies. I am only a small part of this great group of Pilots, my friends. I am so honored to be a part of this club. What new initiative could Pilot support that would further your Clubs/Districts goals? I believe in reaching out to those that cannot attend all of the meetings. Through the use of Skype or Zoom, members could still be a part of every meeting. If this service was provided, we could improve attendance on the club level and retain members. It may also be a way for those not able to attend Fall Council or District Convention to be included. There is always the challenge of retaining members and gaining new members. We always need to find new projects to be a part of. If we had more time to brainstorm ways to improve these areas, our clubs would grow and be challenged by new and exciting projects. Clubs need to keep up to date with social media. Clubs need to keep their public Facebook page up to date. This is one way other clubs could learn about the projects other clubs are a part of. Pilot Clubs could adapt those projects to meet the needs of their community, town, or city. Sharing is the key to making things better or improving a project.


BLACK FRIDAY. CYBER MONDAY. And now GIVING TUESDAY! We are so excited about our first #GivingTuesday on November 28, 2017! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on holiday and end-of- year giving. The event began in 2012 as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season. Since then, non-profits around the globe have participated in #GivingTuesday as a way to kick off the giving season, increase visibility, and encourage end of the year giving not only from membership, but also from non- members who learn about our organization through the campaign. With #GivingTuesday only a few weeks away, we encourage you to continue liking and sharing our Facebook posts. This helps expose Pilot to a larger audience and increases our online visibility! Donations from Giving Tuesday will support the Pilot Endowment. An endowment fund is a financial asset typiWhat would you like other Pilot/Clubs/ Districts know about your Club – your Clubs challenges—your Clubs successes? The Pilot Club of Leesville is a hard working club and truly does care about the citizens and the city. It is a growing club with members from near and far. We have one member living in Germany. Her husband is in the military. We truly miss Meri and having her be able to Skype or Zoom the meetings would be a wonderful treat for the members and especially Meri. Lastly, why do you feel it is important to give to Pilot? My mother got me hooked on the Foundation, now the Founder’s Fund, when she was the PIF Representative for the Louisiana District. I helped her raise money, I traveled with her as she served, and saw firsthand what this

cally held by a non-profit organization which contains the capital investments and related earnings leveraged by the non-profitorganization to fund the overall mission. While endowment funds are structured by contractual obligations and rules, the primary purpose of an endowment is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the non-profit organization. So essentially, it’s a fund that builds interest, and eventually the interest income may support special projects and initiatives while the principle investment remains intact. By investing in the growth of Pilot’s endowment, we are investing in Pilot’s long-term success. A robust endowment will allow Pilot to expand our service outreach, support programs like Anchor and Compass, increases our participation in charitable giving, and open the doors to potential partnerships in the future. Make your commitment to participate in #GivingTuesday on November 28, 2017 NOW! Share your passion for Pilot International with your friends, family, and your community!

money did when clubs would receive grants or students receive scholarships. I eventually was asked to be the PIF Representative and enjoyed that so much that I decided it was time to take it a step further. I encouraged clubs to apply for grants and to give when they could. I gave workshops on writing grants at Fall Council, District Convention, traveled to local clubs, and helped my own club apply for a grant. Every dollar given would help someone or a project that was needed in their community. I served as the Governor of the Louisiana District 1997-98 and could see the work going on in each club. I served on the Pilot International Foundation (Founder’s Fund) Grants Division Committee for several years and was Trustee of the Grants Division for four years. Hearing about the success of these grants was awe inspiring. When Camp Fleur de Lis was started, Pansy Morgan and I wrote a grant and it was approved. We were

able to purchase things for the camp that are still being used each year. It has always been an honor to help my club and my district. It is more important to let others see what their money given can do for others. I truly love my district. I want it grow not only in members, but in knowledge about the Founder’s Fund. Helping the Louisiana District reach Legacy Wall has been my goal for the past year. I asked for help from members of the district and yes they stepped up. I am so grateful for the caring, giving Pilots of the Louisiana District. They never cease to amaze me when you asked them for help. Most important, I am so grateful that my mother insisted that I join Pilot. I am so grateful that I took the time to learn about Pilot and the good that comes from belonging to such a wonderful organization. PILOTLOG FALL 2017 | 27

NEW MEMBERS Reported to Pilot International as of July 2017 ALABAMA Lisa J. Hicks Jennifer K. Kotouch Bonita Mitchell Vivian Leigh Sims Amanda Leigh Douglas Leslie Marie Hanson Elise Wilson Amanda Faye Currie Savannah Marie Morrow Abbie Caroline McKee Christen Moore Anida Stubbs

Andalusia Andalusia Decatur Demopolis Enterprise Enterprise Enterprise Gadsden Guntersville Huntsville LuncheonPC of Enterprise Troy

ARKANSAS-OKLAHOMA Sue Gaines Gloria M. Snider Ashley Fu

Fort Smith Fort Smith Honolulu

COED Pamala "Jean" Gough Amy Jo Smith

Greater Gainesville Gulf to Lakes

FLORIDA Deborah Stanley Amanda Valdespino Charliah Starks Gabriella Ruiz Rebecca C. Hartlage Kimberly D. Grant Barbara Lengemann GEORGIA Sarah Andrews Colleen Lambert Cindy Saylor Lynette Pollard Turns Melissa Jo Feuer Sherrie Atterholt Brandi Brown Quintanna Gordon Juaquita Williams Kayci Godfrey Nicole Collins Lisa Shows William A. Crain 28 | FALL 2017 PILOTLOG

Gulf to Lakes Miami Miami Miami Riverview Tallahassee Tallahassee

Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta Chatham County Covington Dublin Dublin Eastman Eastman Eastman Eatonton Gainesville Gainesville

Scott Crain Cathy Huska Patsy Lawson Shelia Martin Cindy Crane Sheri Thurmond Smith Rhonda Howington Rebecca Ann Gusek Lindy Lively

Gainesville Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Madison County Oconee Cnty

KANSAS-MISSOURI Faye Kennedy Peggy D. Flouer Ashley Lynn Sellin Joan K. Percy Margaret Elaine Pendleton Chelsy L. Parsons Cindy D. Donohoue Brandy M. Collins Jan Hayes

Manhatten Manhatten Manhatten Manhatten Manhatten Manhatten Manhatten Manhatten Pratt

LOUISIANA Laura Anne Stone

Twin Cities

MICHIGAN-INDIANA Peggy Griffin Monicka Gillespie Theresa (Tracy) Cash Leonard

Jeffersonville Jeffersonville Jeffersonville

MIDWEST Cathy A. Deters


MISSISSIPPI Anita Culver Helen Guin Mindi Ann Guin Joy Carrie Lowrey Amanda West

Houston Comm Houston Comm Houston Comm Louisville Oxford

NORTH CAROLINA Pat Gates Linda A. Hamrick Kari Ledbetter Carol M. Deaton Kara R. Sims

Cary Rutherford County Rutherford County Rutherford County Rutherford County


Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Sayville

SOUTH CAROLINA Alice Hardwick Kristine Lavin Sandra Humphrey-Ross Patricia H. Page Julie Hatcher Wendy Wethington Amy Turner Lois Mitchum Sandra G. Boggs Susie C. Groomes Lori B. Rholetter Betty Jean Drayton

Aynor Aynor Dillon Dillon Dillon Dillon Kingstree Kingstree North Myrtle Beach Seneca Seneca Sumter

SOUTHWESTERN Gene Kastelic John Tyler Ivey Diane M. Dine

Belen Belen Belen

TENNESSEE Jennifer Foshee Daria Leland Barbara Preuett

Lenoir City Lenoir City Lenoir City

TEXAS Lori Gail Balusek Diann Marley Donna Clay Barbara Hemmer Renee Tucei Venessa Ferguson Ruth Crouch Kathy Schermerhorn Samantha Sutton A'Drienne "Renee" Wilke Jessie L. Lemke Brook Quick Terry Reither Glenda K. Lucas

Brenham Brenham Brenham Brenham Canyon Lake Canyon Lake Canyon Lake Canyon Lake Cuero Cuero Cuero Cuero Nacogdoches Shiner

VIRGINIA Rachel Turner McKinney Donna Bonner Wooten

Dan River Region Luncheon PC Chesapeake


MEMORIALS Reported to Pilot International Memorial contributions to Pilot International Founders Fund honor the memory of friends, relatives, and acquaintances. A memorial card is sent to the family or other designee of the deceased advising them of the generous donation and identifying the donor. Memorial Contributions support the programs and function of the Pilot International Founders Fund and enhance the work of Pilot Clubs around the world. The name of the deceased is listed first in bold followed by the contributors. Claire Eberbach-Smith Pilot Club of Sayville Carl & Ila Kelly Pilot Club of Wills Point Betty Glanz Margaret Ann Fallon Danelda St. Aubyn Pilot Club of Great Bend Bettye C. Klein Dorina Ponessi Lytha Keesler Col. James & Mary Natho Clara Butler Pilot Club of Laurinburg Ercel Quick Jennifer Rushworth Vickie Green Pilot Club of Leesville Judy Smith Pilot Club of Dallas Joyce Beene Pilot Club of Longview Myron H. Atkinson, Jr. Pilot Club of East Valley Jen Hart Pilot Club of Peoria Scott Weaver (Father of Cindy Weaver) Dorothy C. Franklin Past International Presidents Past Georgia District Governors Pat & Gary Jarvis Carol Sanders Sherre McGinnis Jesse & Sharon Hunt Judy Jackson Lucille Huffman North Carolina District Nell Daniel Carole Simmons 30 | FALL 2017 PILOTLOG

Eli Brandon Lopez (Grandson of Rhona Espinoza) Carol Sanders Judy Breaud Sherre McGinnis Shirely Pyle Jesse & Sharon Hunt James Benton (Brother-in-law of Peggy Benton) Judy Jackson James Weaver (Brother of Avaline Adams) Judy Jackson Mysterious Brown (Mother of Angela Gillis) Judy Jackson Mark Labby Vickie Green Ed Johnson (Husband of Renee Johnson) Judy Jackson Gay Crawley Classic City Pilot Club Dottie Rodgers Classic City Pilot Club Lynetta Jewel Classic City Pilot Club Linda Kirksey Pilot Club of Mantachie Evan Fraser (Son of Laurie Fraser) Jesse & Sharon Hunt Jeff Wilkinson (Husband of Patricia Wilkinson) Judy Jackson Martha Arnold Pilot Club of Covington Grace Phillips Pilot Club of Covington Dorothy W. Stroud Vickie Green Bong Gilbert Toledo Vickie Green







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