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Pilot International is a community-based volunteer service organization founded in 1921 in Macon, GA. With more than 8,000 members, Pilots can be found across the United States, and also in The Bahamas, Canada, Japan, Sinapore and South Africa.This is a worlldwide network of volunteers who take an active part in helping our communities to be better places to live...today and tomorrow. The steadfast volunteers combine their talents and resources to benefit the qualtiy of life through excellence in community service. Pilot members are a part of an international family of volunteers who speak a universal language of freindship and service.The river boat pilots of the early 1900's are the inspiration for the name, Pilot. These pilots were admired for their ability to steer a "true course" through challenging conditions and obstacles. The service focus of Pilot International is brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injuries, developmental, emotional, and mental disabilities.Committed to: "Do More. Care More. Be More." Our Club members provide financial and hands-on support for numerous local initiatives in keeping with the focus of brain safety and fitness, caring for families in times of need, and youth development and leadership.
BRIEF HISTORY OF KY-OH-WV DISTRICT
District 10, Pilot Club International, was organized in 1939, and included clubs in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Of the original clubs, four are still in the KENTUCKY-OHIO-WEST VIRGINIA DISTRICT: Columbus, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, Lexington, Kentucky, and Louisville, Kentucky.
The first District Convention was held in Dayton, Ohio, in March, 1949, and a convention has been held annually since, with most of the clubs having served as hostess.
In 1939 Florence Thacker Bradley from Indianapolis, Indiana was the first Governor of District 10.
District 10 hosted two Pilot International Conventions; in Columbus,Ohio, in 1947, and in Cleveland, Ohio , in 1966.
In 1977-1978 Pilot International made the change from numbers to state-names for the Districts, and District 10 became Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia District.
In 2010 the KY-OH-WV District hosted the Pilot International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
Leadership from our District has been recognized through the years on the International level. Those serving as Pilot International Presidents are: Winifred Newman, Charleston, West Virginia – 1954-55; Marjorie Ater, Columbus, Ohio – 1980-81; Phyllis Mayne, Dayton, Ohio – 1985-86, Sue Trautwein, Owensboro, Kentucky – 1990-91; and Sharon Slusher, Springfield, Ohio – 2001-02. We also have had members serve on the International level as Secretary, Treasurer, and Director also many Appointees.
At the close of the 1981 Pilot International Convention in San Diego, CA, Cookie Brooks, Executive Director, Pilot International presented to the KY-OH-WV District the flag which had flown at P. I. Headquarters during the Presidency of Marjorie Ater. Usually the State Flag of the P.I. President is flown at Headquarters. However, Marjorie had a special flag designed to include all three states of the KY-OH-WV District. This was a “first” at Pilot International.
16 Pilot Clubs throughout KY-OH-WV are diverse and tailor their service activities to suit the requirements of their own communities. We get together twice a year for our annual District Convention and Fall Council meetings to share fellowship and to learn new things. Pilot clubs in the KY-OH-WV District support Pilot International's signature project, BrainMinders™, and Project LifeSaver in addition to other community service projects of special interest in their neighborhoods.
Pilot International's trademarked BrainMinders™Program is a flexible program with components for children three to six, six to nine, teenagers, baby boomers and seniors. BrainMinders™ for the young children educates them about the importance of brain safety. Teen and elder care programs illustrate the dangers of brain injuries.
Project Lifesaver, an international program that provides tracking devices for bracelets worn by Alzheimer's patients and, in some communities, autistic children, is being funded by many local KY-OH-WV Pilot Clubs who, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, provide this service to a very vulnerable population.
New volunteers are always needed to grow our organization and help meet local community needs. If you are a current KY-OH-WV resident or are moving to the KY-OH-WV District and would like to enrich your life with important community service, consider visiting a local Pilot Club. Our rich tradition of friendship and service is waiting to be shared.
Our 2009-2010 Governor, Pamela Gray and her Webmaster Lynn Preast developed our district a web site. www.pilotkow.org.