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HOGANSV HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, l'OvMtmK ,,. ,.,,oo la, ,, tClub Officers (I-r) Shelia Christner- secretary, Nell Estes - Donna Arnold - president, Elaine Carr - president-elect, Stitcher - director. Not shown: Linda Ayers - director, Sybil - director. Arnold with Melissa Howington. Melissa did a program on stamping. il Ayers with Sheila Spinks. Pilots Back to School Bags. presented teachers with prepare gifts for the Senior Citizens Christmas Party (I-r) Coggin, Dee Hendrix, Sheila Christner and Betty Spinks. guest, Alison Arnold. C00rales 79th00ersary Pilot International is a global organization with 508 clubs and more than 14,000 members. The purpose of Pilot, both locally and worldwide is simply stated in their mission statement: 'The mission of Pilot International is to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the world." Pilot Clubs are segregated by districts (geographical area), with Georgia being the largest. There are 73 Pilot clubs in the state of Georgia. There are 19 other districts, which in many cases, are states and/or areas combined. The first Pilot Club was organized in Macon, Georgia, which is still the site of Pilot International Headquarters. Pilot was the first international organization established for women. In the late 1980% Pilot changed their membership status and Code of Ethics to allow men to become members. Brain Disorders is Pilot International's current service focus. The purpose of this focus is promote awareness of brain-related disorders and to improve the lives of those affected through education, volunteer activities,'financial support and research. The Pilot Motto is 'qi'ue Course Ever"; the Pilot colors are green and gold; the basic principles of Pilot is "Friendship and Service"; an6 the traditional Pilot emblem is the Pilot Wheel. Around 1995, Pilot International adopted an additional logo using the words "Pilot International". The Pilot Club of Hogansville was chartered on January 3, 1957, with 19 members. The first president of the Pilot Club of Hogansville was Leona Daniel. The current Pilot Club of Hogansville has 18 members and still boasts about having a charter member, Fannie Mae Cannon. Through the years, other members have come and gone, but Fannie Mae has been loyal to Pilot for more than 40 years. A bit of information about the Pilot Club of Hogansville: Upon it's charter the current meeting format was established with two meetings per month, a business meeting and a program]dinner meet- ing. The first meetings were held at Leona Daniel's office, which is now part of the Grand Hotel. The Charter Night meeting was held in high school lunchroom and attended by the Georgia District Governor of Pilot. Many officer installations were also held in the lunchroom. Throughout the years meetings were held in many various places, includ- ing private homes, churches, the school lunchroom, the old community building, local businesses and restaurants. In 1990, the Pilot Club of Hogansville leased the "old scout house" adjacent to the elementary school and we finally had a home. When repairs got to be more than we could handle, and Hogansville School System became a part of the Troup County System, we then moved to our present home in the Recreation Department Building. While meetingin the community building, our dinner meetings were catered by Mary Lizzie Johnson (Tommy and Henry Johnson's mother). When the community building closed, the members started bringing a covered dish for the dinner meeting. One of the highlights of being a Pilot Club member is the friendships that are formed at conventions, both local and international. Fannie Mae said that at the International Convention in 1962, while she was presi- dent, that Hogansville Pilots attended convention in. Washington. D.C. She arrived at convention to be greeted with a Surprise when she dis- covered that she had been invited to sit at the "Head Table" with the Pilot International President. Fannie Mae learned that she received this honor because the Pilot Club of Hogansvflle had a large increase in the num- ber of members. She said that was quite a treat at a time when ladies really dressed up. She remembers all the ladies wearing hats and gloves. Community Service is what Pilot is all about. Fannie Mae recalls that at one time, Pilots spent every Sunday afternoon at the Roosevelt Rehabilitation Center with local Girl Scouts who were working on their badges. Another project was to sell soft drinks at Little League ball games. One project that began many years ago and still continues today is the Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Those first parties were for the parents of Pilot Club members; however, through the years it has evolved to become one of the largest projects undertaken by the Pilot Club, and is open to all local Senior Citizens. Other current and/or recent projects include the Senior Olympics, the Partner in Education Program, the Susan St. Clair Scholarship, the Empty Stocking Fund (with United Way), and the Miss Hogansville Pageant. I Pilot Club members devote about three to four hours per month attending meetings, and another three plus hours working on projects (depending on which project it happens to be. The Pilot Club of Hogansville is not a Social Club, but a working, worthwhile organization dedicated to the citizens and community of HogansviUe. For more information about Pilot, ask any member or call Donna Arnold at 637-4436, or log on to the international website at www.pilotinternational.org. Donald Arnold with International President, Laura Keever Donna Arnold with her Installing Officer and Charter Member, Fannie Mae Cannon. Donna Arnold with her Installing Officer and Charter Member, Fannie Mae Cannon. Janie Dollar and Nell Estes. Janie was selected as Pilot of the Year 1999-2000. Pilots tour the International Museum of Art (I-r) Museum Curator, Donna Arnold and Linda Ayers. Pilot hosts many guest speak- ers. pictured are Linda Ayers with Nurse Practitioner Beverly Cyphers. P i_ i _i _i _i _i _i _i _i INTRRNATIoNAL