Pilots, feel free to use one of these ways to Touch 100 Lives or create your own service project/event!
Please share photos of your service project or event on your Club, District and PI’s website and Facebook page, using the hashtag, #PilotInternational or #Touch100Lives.
Fall 2021 Pilot Log (Digital Copy) – In this edition, enjoy learning about the Pilot International 100th Anniversary Luncheon. This celebratory luncheon was held at the historic Terminal Station in Macon, Georgia. As many Pilots know, Pearl Sparks composed the Code of Ethics while riding a train to convention. Learn the benefits of Sensory Bags and the interesting sensory stimulating items and activities included in the bags. In addition, learn the different ways to leave your Pilot Footprints. We invite you to cement your legacy into Pilot International’s amazing history. Lastly, don’t forget to register for the next Virtual Power Hour on December 14, 2021 to learn all about Officer Nominations (Club, District & International). Presenters will be Peggy Benton and Joseph Cunningham.
Macon’s historic Terminal Station is included on the National Register of Historic Place and is part of Macon’s Historic District. The former railroad station, built in 1916 in the Beaux Arts style, was designed by architect Alfred T. Fellheimer acclaimed for his design of New York City’s revered Grand Central Terminal.
A $5-million renovation of the Terminal Station was completed in 2010 which included a new Transfer Station, updates to the waiting room and lobby, plus a new conference room and meeting room.
Set on 13-acres on Fifth Street at the foot of Cherry Street, the Terminal Station is a distinctive venue providing a dramatic backdrop for weddings, receptions, fundraisers, parties, and special occasions.
The grand limestone building with its beautifully restored 14,000 square foot lobby features the original pale pink Tennessee marble walls and floor, gilt molding and long wooden benches which curve along two walls providing an abundance of seating for the hundreds of events the Terminal Station hosts annually.
Originally, the majestic structure was owned by the Macon Terminal Company and served as the union station of all 15 railroads operating in Macon at that time. More than 100 arrivals daily were handled through the Macon Terminal during the 1920s and 1930s, the heyday of the city’s passenger rail.
After nearly 60 years of service, the Terminal Station closed in 1975 and in 1982 was purchased by the Georgia Power Company, serving as its local headquarters until the 1990s.
In 2002, the City of Macon purchased the Terminal Station and renovated it in 2014, restoring it to its former glory, then transferring the title to the Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority (MTA). Since then, the MTA has been honored to manage the historic gem, along with its tenants and rentals.
Pilot International’s Hundredth Anniversary Service Project relates back to the organization’s early beginnings. Soon after Pilot was organized, a school bond proposal failed due to lack of interest in the community. So, as their first civic project, Pilots secured enough petitions to call for another vote. Pilots encouraged people to vote and the bond issue passed. To honor the first service project by the Pilot Club of Macon, the Hundredth Anniversary Service Project was selected to parallel the original project’s focus. It was decided that Pilots would donate school supplies for children in schools in Bibb County School District, Georgia.
Clubs, groups, and individuals within the Pilot organization generously contributed a total of $21,805 for classroom supplies. This allowed us to purchase enough supplies for 429 classrooms in 16 priority-needs schools. Bibb County School District Communications Specialist Jeremy Timmerman provided the names of the schools with the greatest need for school supplies. Senior General Manager of Office Depot James Allen assisted with the bulk purchase of school supplies, storage of these supplies, packing of the 429 boxes, and delivering the boxes to PI Headquarters. On August 27, 2021, Hundredth Anniversary Committee Chair Laura Keever, Committee Member Judy Langley, and 2020-2021 PI President Peggy Benton were joined by the 2021-2022 Pilot International Executive Committee to deliver the boxes of school supplies to each school.
From 1921 to 2021 and beyond, Pilots improve the lives of others in their communities through outstanding service projects, not only in the United States, but also globally where Pilot Clubs exist.
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