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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!
The Pilot International Founders Fund was established to support the community-based work of Pilot Clubs by helping to underwrite Club service in the areas of Encouraging Brain Safety & Health, and/or Supporting Those who Care for Others. Through the Pilot International Founders Fund, Pilot International and its local Pilot Clubs improve the lives of others through education, volunteerism, financial support and research. The Pilot International Founders Fund supports five Scholarship Programs to benefit graduate and undergraduate students studying for a career in one of Pilot’s chosen areas of service focus – Encouraging Brain Safety & Health and/or Supporting Those who Care for Others.
To learn more about Pilot International Grants & Scholarships, please visit:
Pilot International is influencing positive change in communities around the world!
The time our members spend volunteering for their club, district, or Pilot International are important for our 501(c)(3) status. The hours may also impact grant applications that may be submitted by our organization.
Pilot/Anchor/Compass volunteer service hours will focus on service projects that encourage brain safety and health and support those who care for others. In order to count volunteer hours, the service project should be included in the Club Plans of Works. Hours that may be counted as volunteer hours include:
- Time members dedicate to a service project (purchasing, assembly and delivery)
- BrainMinders™ presentation
- Safety day or bike rodeo
- Pilot and Compass members assisting with an Anchor convention
- Presenting a Pick Me Up
- Presenting helmets
- Volunteering at a community function and representing Pilot International by wearing your Pilot shirt and promoting Pilot.
- Fundraising for a Matching Grant or a special service project where the money is restricted to that project.
Hours that do not count as volunteer hours include:
- Fundraising for your club where the money is deposited into operations or an unrestricted fund.
- Church functions
- Training workshops (ex. PI Power Hour)
- Preparation for a meeting, district convention, or PI convention
How many hours do your members volunteer? Perhaps you don’t think it is a lot. Visualize it. At each meeting, when members arrive, have them place one marble, M & M, or mint in a jar or container for each hour they have volunteered since the last meeting. Accumulate this until your club representative submits these hours on the Pilot International website. You will be surprised!
Each club should assign one person to submit the volunteer hours for all members of the club monthly. This is done in MemberClicks. This is a very simple form and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. The data submitted is collected in MemberClicks. Volunteer hours should be submitted monthly for all members. Hours no longer need to be submitted per member or event. (Note: You should receive a confirmation email detailing what you submitted. This will enable each club to have a monthly record of hours submitted).
The club can also create a spreadsheet to assist in gathering the monthly hours to submit online. The spreadsheet will compile total volunteer hours to-date.
We look forward to seeing how many volunteer hours our members/clubs contribute each month. Thank you for all you do as we Do More, Care More, and Be More in our communities.
Submit Your Volunteer Hours
Need more information? Send your request by email to email@example.com.
We are proud to present the recently updated BrainMinders Informational PowerPoint for Clubs, Districts, and members.
designed in 2001 to teach safety to children to help prevent brain injuries.
Local 4 News WHBF interviews Holly Baker, Pilot International 2020-2021 Secretary. Baker discusses the history of the Pilot Club of Moline in the Midwest District. The Pilot Club of Moline was chartered in 1939. Baker explains how the PC of Moline influences positive change in their community and in communities throughout the world.
Learn more about the Pilot International Midwest District by visiting:
About Pilot International
Pilot International started in 1921 in Macon, Georgia by Elizabeth Leonard and 40 local businesswomen. The name “Pilot” was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance. Today, you can find Pilot clubs all over the world.
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Macon, Georgia – On Friday, August 23, 2019, Pilot International Headquarters staff and the Executive Committee participated in a service project sorting and boxing books donated at Pilot International’s recent convention in Chicago. The books were given to Book ‘Em, a Macon/Bibb County based non-profit that provides at-risk children of all ages with new and gently used books.
The books are distributed by the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office at school-wide book giveaways in an effort to prevent summer learning loss, also known as “Summer Slide,” during The Sheriff’s Office’s summer CHAMPS camps; during various community events, many held at our local recreation centers; at back-to-school kick-off events; and by patrol officers who keep books in their cars to give to children they encounter through their patrol duties.
Why is this so important?
The literacy rate really determines the success or failure of a community, as demonstrated by the fact that many municipalities use the reading achievement test scores of 3rd graders in their schools to project the number of jail cells needed in 20 years. Additionally, the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office hope is that this gift of books will help the children of Macon-Bibb see law-enforcement officers as friends and allies whom they can trust.
To learn more about Book ‘Em, please visit:
About Pilot International
Pilot International is a community-based volunteer service organization founded in 1921 in Macon, Georgia, 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 “Do More. Care More. Be More.” by providing financial and hands-on community service, focusing on brain safety and health and supporting those who care for others.
The organization also provides service opportunities for youth in Anchor clubs, and young adults in Compass clubs. With almost 14,000 members, Pilot, Compass, and Anchor Clubs are located throughout the United States, the Bahamas, Japan, and South Africa.
Pilot International remains headquartered in Macon, where the staff serves its international constituency. Contact your local Pilot Club(s) or visit our website at https://pilotinternational.org to find out more about our friendship and service opportunities.