(MACON, GA, July 5, 2019) – Pilot International, Inc. is pleased to announce Debbie Hays as the new Pilot International President. Debbie belongs to the Pilot Club of South Bend, IN, where she practiced law for 36 years.
Debbie is originally from Merrillville, IN, where she grew up volunteering as a Girl Scout. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, followed by her Juris Doctor from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Debbie was introduced to Pilot International through a friend who invited her to visit a Pilot Club with her. Debbie enjoys doing volunteer service with her club and considers her close Pilot friendships to be the most rewarding aspect of membership.
A member of Pilot International for more than 24 years, in addition to serving as her club’s president multiple times, she has served as Director, Secretary, and President-Elect. In the Michigan/Indiana District, Debbie was the Pilot International Foundation representative, Governor-Elect, and Governor. At the Pilot International level, she served on the Foundation Board of Trustees and has been a Pilot International Director, Secretary, Vice President, and President-Elect.
During her tenure as 2019-20 Pilot International President, Debbie plans to continue to increase Pilot membership and promote club growth, enhance member resources, and explore collaborative partnerships. She also hopes to expand awareness through Pilot’s signature helmet and brain health and safety initiatives as well as increasing Pilot International’s overall visibility.
Pilots can be found across the U.S., the Bahamas, Japan, Liberia, and South Africa with almost 7,000 members in over 300 Pilot Clubs. Pilot International’s youth and young adult divisions, Anchor and Compass Clubs, have more than 7,000 members worldwide. Pilots, Anchors, and Compass members provide financial and hands-on support for international and local initiatives focusing on brain safety & health and caring for families in times of need.
Pilot International is a volunteer service organization founded in 1921 in Macon, GA on the principles of “Friendship and Service.” The name “Pilot” was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance.