International Youth Day Essay and Dreams Ahead Award submissions due to PI HQ
Pilot International seeks Director of Youth Development – #Hiring – Macon, Georgia
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Envision 100 – What does that mean?
What does that mean?
Since this year marks Pilot International’s 100 years of friendship and service, we would like to celebrate by having a significant impact on our communities and by helping numerous students for the next 100 years. The Envision 100 Initiative’s goal is to “Envision 100 – Celebrating 100 years …Charting a course to award 100 Grants and Scholarships”. Our mission is to award 100 Grants and Scholarships that will positively impact communities and scholars throughout the world. We hope to do this in two phases. The first phase, Envision 100, is the fundraising phase. This is where we need your help through donations. The second phase, Impact100, is the awarding of the 100 grants and scholarships to assist Pilot Clubs with their service projects and to help students who chose to continue their education.
Our goal to be able to provide these 100 grants and scholarships is $150,000. We know it is an ambitious goal. We also know how generous Pilots are. Become a part of this historic initiative and assist our 2021-2022 Goal for Grants and Scholarships fundraising goal of $150,000. Help make the future brighter for our communities and scholars. We know that we together can achieve this goal.
Pilot International Founders Fund
Pilot International Foundation (now called Pilot International Founders Fund) was established in 1976 to further Pilot's humanitarian efforts. Since the Pilot International Founders Fund grant program began in 1977, nearly 1,200 grants totaling $1,883,000 have been disbursed to Pilot Clubs to assist with service projects in their communities. Also, 1,145 scholarships have been granted, totaling over $1,338,000.
PIFF Training for Club and District Representatives - Amy Martin
Scholarships at a Glance - Jennifer Hise-Trujillo, Amy Martin
Grant Update for Clubs - Amy Martin
Ruby Newhall, President of Pilot International in 1949, was instrumental in establishing Anchor Clubs, Pilot's youth service organization arm. We have recently re-established Compass Club for college-age students.
Keshani Perera, a Pilot International Ruby Newhall Scholarship recipient and Doctoral Candidate wrote,” This award is going to assist me significantly. I had been considering discontinuing the program due to financial struggles, and I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to remain in the program my final year.”
Martha Cesarano, President of the Pilot Club of Albuquerque, New Mexico wrote, “Many children said it was the first helmet they had ever had and wanted extras to give to their siblings. It was very heart tugging and heartwarming at the same time, and a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the children in our community.”
Pilot International is a 501(c)3 community-based 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. Pilots carry out their motto to “Do More, Care More and Be More” by providing financial and hands-on support for national and local initiatives in keeping with its causes of youth development & leadership; brain safety & fitness; and caring for families in times of need.
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Forward Together ~ Believe in Possibilities
Forward Together ~ Believe in the Possibilities is the focus for 2021-2022. We have an outstanding Leadership Team in place who are committed to building on our successes. Congratulations to all 2021-2022 Pilot Leaders. Please join us as together we move Pilot forward by believing in the possibilities!
Anchor Leadership Summit was a huge success!
2021 Annual Convention & Leadership Conference Videos now on Youtube
Pilot International Convention Media on Youtube
Be sure to check out our recently updated Pilot International Youtube Channel
featuring the 2021 Annual Convention & Leadership Conference
Pilot International honors Past Presidents
Thank you, Peggy Benton, for your kind words, but also for the leadership you have provided this year as our President, Executive Director, and Events Planner.
Vision Statement – Wow! That sounds very lofty, however, if you Google vision statement you will find that “a vision statement is a sentence or short paragraph that succinctly describes goals”.
Some of us remember Joan Rivers. Others of you are saying, “Joan who?”. She was a comedian and talk show host who coined the catchphrase, “Can we talk?” I’m not Joan Rivers, but can we talk for a few minutes this afternoon? I want to see some body language and prefer that it be positive, but want it to be honest expressions of how you feel.
My vision for Pilot has not changed since I was first elected to the Executive Committee. Simply stated, my goal as Pilot President is to increase our membership.
This is certainly not new or very creative, but it is the very most important thing we can and must do in order to accomplish Pilot’s mission and to ensure that Pilot will exist for another 100 years.
We talk about it all the time, but we are lacking in transferring our talk into action.
I have had the most wonderful experience this year getting to know and communicate with the District Governors in monthly Zoom meetings. They are an incredible group who want what is best for Pilot.
Early last year we started discussing the need to grow Pilot. I shared with them what my goal is and how I hoped to achieve it.
First, we need to have net gains in members of individual clubs. The more members we have, the more we can accomplish for Pilot. Also, many hands make light work. Can we talk? If you know anyone in your own world who is not a Pilot, please raise your hand. I do not think it is impossible that everyone in this room could sponsor a Pilot next year, but it may not be realistic. However, some of us can. I have asked the Governors to strive for a net gain of three to five members in each of their District’s clubs. I believe that is a very possible, very realistic, and very modest goal. Can we talk? If each club has a 3–5 member net gain, this time next year we would have approximately 1,000 more members than we do today! I have already read in a Governor’s Bulletin plans to add younger members. Can we talk? It’s no secret, we get older ever year! If we don’t attract younger members, we will age out!
Second, I have asked each Governor to work to a charter a club in her District, and hopefully not lose any of the existing Clubs. Yes, if that goal is achieved, we can add 19 Clubs this year. Some of you, I hope not many, are sitting there thinking, “Well, that won’t happen!” or “I’d like to see that!”. Don’t underestimate Pilots! If you look through your Through the Years book there were several years when 17-20 Clubs were chartered in one year. Look what resources we have today that they didn’t have.
We need to help each other with this one. I think we concentrate on our own clubs and fail to think about individuals we know in other locations who would be excellent Pilot members.
I am sharing contact information for three former Pilots who live in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. I am also sharing contact information for individuals who have never been a Pilot who live in South Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. I tell you this to be accountable to you. Can we talk? Are you willing to share contact information for potential Pilots?
I have changed my thinking about chartering smaller clubs. It sure worked for the Lake Houston, Texas and Franklin Parish, Louisiana. However, that’s a conversation for another time.
I have selected Forward Together ~ Believe in the Possibilities as the focus for 2021-2022.
It is critical that Together we focus on moving Pilot International Forward by increasing the number of members in our existing Pilot, Compass, and Anchor Clubs and by chartering clubs.
More members and more Clubs will increase our opportunities to promote brain safety and health through our BrainMinders and Helmet projects, to support those who care for others with our Pick Me Up program, to award grants and scholarships that will influence positive change in the lives of individuals and communities.
In order for these goals to be accomplished, we must Believe that we can do it and put our beliefs into action! We accomplish only what we believe we can accomplish and commit ourselves to doing. I think that might be called “walking the talk”. Can we talk? Remember the story, “The Little Engine That Could”?
This past year many Clubs and Districts challenged the pandemic through creative and innovative thinking. When “doing business as usual” was not an option, Pilots explored doing things differently or doing different things. We are only limited by our own thoughts and actions!
In 1901, a Minnesota newspaper reported that President Theodore Roosevelt wanted his warships on the move, and that they would rust and rot if left in the harbor. Twenty-seven years later, a professor by the name of John A. Shedd solidified Roosevelt’s sentiment into a pithy, memorable quote to share with the world, reminding us that great experiences are sometimes found over the horizon. Just as ships are meant to sail the seas, so too are we meant to explore new ideas and experiences.
A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.
Pilots, please join me this year and move out of the harbor to grow Pilot, Anchor, and Compass.
We don’t need to be a reservoir; we need to be a river.
Thank you for your trust and confidence in me and the 2021-2022 Leadership Team. It is time for us to go to work and make the Pilot difference in the lives of those around us!