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Pilot International Convention & Leadership Conference

Come Celebrate 100 Years of Pilot Friendship and Service July 7-10, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Overview

The countdown to the 2021 Pilot International Convention and Leadership Conference has begun! While our founding Pilots had their first formal “meet and dinner night” at the Dempsey Hotel in Macon, Georgia, we will be having our convention at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta! We hope you will join us there July 7-10, 2021.

This year's registration form includes an opportunity to sign up for a bus trip to tour Pilot International Headquarters and the Heritage Garden in Macon on Friday, July 9th.

This convention will be truly celebratory! We will honor the past but also envision the future of our wonderful organization. We will begin our celebration of 100 years of Pilot Friendship and Service with an opening session on Wednesday evening, July 7th. Included in that session will be the Flag Ceremony and special entertainment followed by a reception featuring our Pilot International Hundredth Anniversary Cake. Photo opportunities with the cake will be available and great fellowship will be shared.

To help you in your planning for this milestone event, we are sharing some photos of places to eat in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, as well as in The HUB (a food court) which is accessible through a Skywalk in the hotel. We are also sharing restaurants outside but within walking distance of the hotel. Additionally, you will see photos of local attractions you might want to take advantage of while in Atlanta. Can’t wait to see you in Atlanta!


Registration

Registration: February 1- May 24, 2021.
There is no on-site registration for the 2021 Pilot International Convention.

Highlights of our 100-Year PI Annual Convention and Leadership Conference are the opening ceremony and celebration on Wednesday night, tour of PI Headquarters on Friday, outstanding speakers, workshops, entertainment/fundraiser, PIFF fundraisers, President’s Breakfast, District meetings/luncheons, and Installation Banquet. Pilot registration will be $425, Co-Pilot $300, and Anchor $260. There will be no early bird registration discount this year. The Pilot room rate at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is $185.03 for a regular room (1 or 2 beds).

You do not want to miss celebrating with friends in Atlanta, Georgia, July 7-10, 2021.

Send your completed Registration Form and payment by mail to Pilot International Headquarters or by email to (claire@pilothq.org).

Pilot International
Attn: Convention Registration
102 Preston Ct.,
Macon, GA 31210

For assistance: Call (478) 477-1208 or send an email request to claire@pilothq.org.

 

Bus Tour to Pilot International Headquarters

The Bus Trip and Tour of Pilot International Headquarters is being planned for the 2021 Pilot International Annual Convention and Leadership Conference attendees only.  This requires special planning as we must time the bus arrivals and departures so that we abide by the Bibb County Code regarding the occupancy of the building.  Also, refreshments are being planned for the number of people registered for the bus trip.

Another opportunity to tour Pilot Headquarters will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021 (more details to come later).  Following the Hundredth Anniversary Luncheon at the historic Terminal Station, Pilots in attendance as well as other Pilots are invited to visit Headquarters and tour the building and gardens.

Also, please remember that Pilot International Headquarters is open for Pilots to visit at any time.  A call beforehand would be appreciated so that staff might be on the lookout for you to arrive.

The Bus Tour to PI Headquarters opportunity is included on the Convention Registration Form. Be sure to register for either a morning or afternoon bus trip. On Friday, July 9th, Pilots and Co-Pilots who have registered and paid a nominal fee of $15 will get to ride in a comfy, air-conditioned bus to visit Headquarters in Macon, Georgia. You can view the beautiful Heritage Garden and recently re-landscaped outdoor area, redesigned Donor Recognition Room, grand foyer, Board Room, Heritage Library, the new Archive Room, and offices. The Pilot Club of Macon will be serving light refreshments, and the Hundredth Anniversary Committee and Past International Presidents will be serving as guides. While there, you will have a shopping opportunity to buy Pilot items at reduced prices. Be sure to bring your camera!

 

2021 PI Convention T-shirt

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Be sure to order your 2021 convention t-shirt located on the Convention Registration Form, so that you can be a part of the 100-year celebration of Pilot International friendship and service. Shirts can only be purchased prior to convention. The deadline for ordering t-shirts is May 24, 2021. The walk this year will be a virtual walk through Macon, and it will be built into the convention general session. There is no designated “walk” t-shirt.

 

Reserve Your Room 

Pilot International Special Room Rate: $185.03 including taxes and fees per night.

To reserve your room by phone, you MUST contact the hotel directly at (888) 789-3090 and mention that you are with the Pilot International group to take advantage of the special room rate.

Please note reservations must be made no later than June 11, 2021 as the hotel CANNOT guarantee convention rate after the cut-off date.

To reserve your room online, please visit:
https://book.passkey.com/go/pilotinternational2021

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA
(888) 789-3090

 

Event Cancellation & Refund Policy

All event cancellation requests must be made in writing. (Email is acceptable; send your request to claire@pilothq.org)

There is a $75 per person deduction for cancellations.

No refunds will be issued after May 28, 2021.

 

Atlanta Marriott Marquis COVID Policy

Customers should review government guidance to confirm eligibility to travel & stay at hotel.

See travelguidance.marriott.com.

At this time, face coverings are required in all indoor public areas.

The health and safety of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis guests is their top priority: COVID-19 updates and what to expect at their hotel.

Keynote Speakers

Victoria Huggins

Introducing Victoria Huggins.  Victoria first became interested in Alzheimer’s because of her grandfather Charles Tucker Huggins, who suffered with Alzheimer’s. Her passion for Alzheimer’s disease Awareness and music therapy captured the attention of local and national leadership, including FOX News and PEOPLE Magazine. Nurturing relationships that were cultivated as Miss North Carolina, Victoria has served as a keynote speaker in Alzheimer’s and Dementia conferences across the state, including the launch of the North Carolina Brain Health Registry in conjunction with Duke University’s Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

She represented the Tar Heel State in 2017 as the 80th Miss North Carolina.  The focus during her term was Alzheimer’s for which she continuously advocated while traveling over 30,000 miles with over 300 scheduled appearances.  Victoria served as a public speaker & philanthropist; from the floor of the legislature in Raleigh, to civic, educational, military, religious, and social groups across North Carolina.  Prior to her year of service, Victoria was the Morning News Producer for WECT/WSFX in Wilmington, NC.

Victoria Huggins joined the Houston Astros organization in January of 2019. As the Community and Media Relations Manager of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Victoria manages community presence and partnerships, serves as the Director of the team charity, and coordinates media requests. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Urban Ministries, the Women in Baseball LIFT Mentorship Program, and the Miss North Carolina Organization.

Victoria received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with a double minor in Music and Religion from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Business Administration online, utilizing her scholarships earned through the Miss America Organization.  Pilots and Anchors look forward to hearing from Victoria on Saturday, July 10th.

Derrick and Julie Tennant - Convention Speakers 2021

Meet Derrick and Julie Tennant.  As a promising athlete Derrick suffered an injury that left him in a coma.  After brain surgery, years of rehab and life in a wheelchair, he ultimately got on his feet again.  Despite the very limited use of his left side, Derrick loves life and “looks on the RIGHT side” of things.  He communicates the importance of shifting obstacles in life into opportunities.  Derrick’s sister Julie has Down Syndrome which is caused by an extra chromosome.  Her Grampa called it a Love Chromosome.  Together, Derrick and Julie will share an inspirational and uplifting message for Pilots and Anchors on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Community Service Project 2021

Our service project at this convention relates back to our 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. We want to honor the first service project by the Pilot Club of Macon. Therefore, our service project in Atlanta will be donating school supplies for children in schools in the community of Macon, Georgia. We are asking that clubs and individuals contribute $50 to provide supplies for a classroom.  You may choose to provide supplies for more than one classroom, of course.   We plan to include a list of all classroom service project contributors in the Convention Program.  Checks may be sent to PI and earmarked “Service Project.” In the photo are PI President Peggy Benton, Senior General Manager of Office Depot Richard James, 2021 PI Convention Chair Judy Langley, Director of Communications for Bibb County School District Jeremy Timmerman, and Hundredth Year Anniversary Committee Chair Laura Keever planning the service project.

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International Service Project Touches Lives

Pilot Clubs and individuals are asked to participate in the International Service Project at convention in Atlanta. Through you, our organization is hoping to Touch 1,000 Lives! For each $50 contributed, a teacher in the Bibb County School District will receive a box of needed school supplies.

Also, during the 2021-2022 Pilot year, Pilot Clubs and Districts are encouraged to provide a service project that will Touch 100 Lives. In this effort, Pilot International has developed a document with suggestions for service projects and a template for a press release.

View or download the International Service Project Touches Lives Flyer (Adobe PDF)

View or download the International Service Project Touches Lives Press Release (Adobe Fillable PDF)

Schedule at a Glance

Download the 2021 Convention Schedule (Adobe PDF)
Last Revised May 5, 2021

2021 Workshop Schedule

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Seating is as follows:

Elite Seating, Section A: $100 per person
Super Seating, Section B: $75 per person
General Seating, Section C: $50 per person

A cash bar will be available.

Colored bracelets will be in your registration bag to gain admission to the event and to designate your seating section.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday - June 25, 2021.
Mail in orders must be received by Friday - June 25, 2021.

For assistance: Call (478) 477-1208 or send an email request to claire@pilothq.org.

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For only $10 a chance, you may win one of these eight beautiful treasures.  Can’t decide which raffle to take a chance on?  Why not try several?  Put the number of chances you would like to purchase in the box beside the items of your choosing. Your name will be entered into those raffle(s), and when your number(s) comes up, you will be the lucky winner!  The drawings will be held at convention in Atlanta. The online and mail-in entries deadline as well as the deadline for receiving donation credit for the 2020-2021 Pilot year is May 24. Any entries received after May 24 or in person in Atlanta will be designated for the 2021-2022 Pilot year. We hope to see you there and thank you for supporting your Founders Fund!

For assistance: Call (478) 477-1208 or send an email request to lia@pilothq.org.