"Friendship and Service
The Pilot Club of Tallahassee is a part of Pilot
International, a worldwide service organization founded in 1921.
The Tallahassee club was chartered in 1935 and is still going strong.
The Pilot Club of Tallahassee spearheads efforts in
the arenas of brain disorders, not limited to but including Alzheimer's
Steering a True Course: THE
PILOT CLUB OF TALLAHASSEE
Tallahassee Woman Magazine, June/July 2011, page 37
"The mind is a terrible thing to waste."---Forest
This philosophy has been preached for years and is a belief held
by Tallahassee' brain health enthusiasts, the Pilot Club. For 75
years, the Pilot Club has been spreading the brain-healthy knowledge
about the risks we may face with our bodies' number one powerhouse,
and they have two awards to show, including the Community Heroes
award from the Alzheimer's Project. While it has been making quite
a name for itself for almost a century in Tallahassee, the Pilot
Club is only one branch of the worldwide service organization known
as Pilot International: "building friendship and service since
1935". The mission of Pilot International is to improve the
quality of life in communities throughout the world. Tallahassee's
Pilot Club is just one terrific example of their success.
The President of the Pilot Club, Claire Mikko, has been working
hard to maintain the stamina and reputation that this group has
created, as well as the bond that results from a common desire to
help others. As a welcome to newcomers, Claire says, "Come
for the service but stay for the friendship."
Through the group's constant efforts to educate society in the areas
of brain disorders, they have managed to raise awareness within
schools and communities as well as help aid and fund research for
these struggles. Their projects and effective efforts have stood
out amongst the Tallahassee community, and they have certainly made
a name for themselves.
Perhaps you have heard of some of their projects around town. From
the LaVerne Weddle Scholarship House to the Forget-Me-Not Walk and
Fall Festival, their weekly events are educational and exciting
enough to fill anyone's calendar. Perhaps two of their most famous
projects are Project Lifesaver and BrainMinders, which won the award
for best in the state. This partnership of events is changing the
way brain disorders are viewed, with efforts from not only the Pilot
Club, but from our community as well.
Project Lifesaver provides technology for participants that track
possible Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is one of the many brain
disorders with which the Pilot Club is involved. This piece of technology
is a simple bracelet that emits a radio tracking signal every second,
programmed to detect any signs of this disease. Partnered with Project
Lifesaver is BrainMinders. This is a public service campaign designed
to promote brain awareness by using safety tips for children. It's
difficult at times to connect with children to ensure they truly
grasp an understanding of safety, but the Pilot Club covers all
necessary topics through a fun and energetic learning system that
children really enjoy.
The Pilot Club is always looking for new members to become a part
of the group. For more information, visit their website at Tallahasseepilot.org
or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PILOT CLUB OF TALLAHASSEE
"COMMUNITY HEROES OF THE YEAR"
On March 19th, 2011, at the FSU Doak
Campbell Stadium University Club, The Alzheimer's Project, Inc.
(APT) named the Pilot Club of Tallahassee the 2011 Community Heroes
of the Year. Our club was selected by the APT Board because of our
involvement in the community and our commitment to brain safety.
Some of the reasons we were selected for this
- In 2004, the Pilot Club of Tallahassee provided the start-up funds
to bring Project Lifesaver, Inc. to our city. To ensure success
of this program, we have partnered with The Alzheimer's Project,
Inc. and the Leon County Sheriff's Department. Project Lifesaver
helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential
for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's,
autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions.
Clients enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter
around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking
signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies
the Leon County Sheriff's Department and a trained emergency team
responds to the wanderer's area. Most who wander are found within
a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours
and days to minutes.
- In 1985, our club members started the Annual Alzheimer's Disease
Education and Training Conference. The Conference was started when
a club member's father developed Alzheimer's Disease and she could
not find anyone in the local area to provide information and/or
assistance. Because she couldn't find anyone in the Tallahassee
Area to help with her father's care, she sought out doctors and
obtained information about the disease. From there, our club took
this on as one of our major projects. The Conference is held for
caregivers and professionals to provide the current information
on Alzheimer's research, legal issues, personal care tips and other
important information about Alzheimer's Disease. - We also partner
with The Alzheimer's Project, Inc. at the Annual Forget-me-not Walk,
which is a fundraiser.
- Our club members also volunteer to help The Alzheimer's Project,
Inc. at their annual Caregivers Forum, support and attend the annual
"Leading The Way" Gala, and serve as members of the various committees
for their events.
Submitted by Claire Mikko.
Pilot Club of Tallahassee partners
with The Alzheimer's Project, Inc.
26th Annual Alzheimer's Disease Education and Training Conference
On February 19th, 2011, the
Pilot Club of Tallahassee partnered with The Alzheimer's Project,
Inc. at the 26th Annual Alzheimer's Disease Education and Training
Conference, held at Florida State University's Collect of Medicine.
The Conference was started in 1985 when a club member's father developed
Alzheimer's Disease and she could not find anyone in the local area
to provide information and/or assistance. Because she couldn't find
anyone in the Tallahassee area to help with her father's care, she
sought out doctors and obtained information about the disease. From
there, our club took this on as one of our major projects. The Conference
is held for caregivers and professionals to provide the current
information on Alzheimer's research, legal issues, personal care
tips and other important information about Alzheimer's Disease.
This year there were over 200 caregiver, professionals, sponsors,
speakers and volunteers at the Conference. There were seven Pilot
Club members and seven LaVerne Weddle Scholarship House residents
working together at the event to provide a continental breakfast
and inform the attendees about our club and what we do.
Submitted by Claire Mikko.
Sponsors Patriotism Writing Contest:
Fourth-graders write about Patriotism
November 9, 2010-
by Caryn Wilson, Local Section, Tallahassee Democrat. Fourth-graders
at Roberts Elementary learned the importance of Veterans Day by
writing for the first annual Patriotism Essay Contest hosted by
the area of Pilot Club. Claire Mikko, Pilot Club of Tallahassee
president, said the students were excited about the assignment from
the beginning. "We came by for the kickoff Oct. 8 and the American
Legion donated flags for the kids-they were ecstatic," she
said. "The topic of the essay was 'Who are Veterans and what
did they do for our country?'" The Pilot Club of Tallahassee
is affiliated with Pilot Club International, a service organization
with a mission to improve the quality of life in communities throughout
the world. Charlotte Edenfield was part of the selection committee
and said there were close to 100 essays submitted. "They were
all really neat to read. Some students even interviewed family and
friends that were veterans," Edenfield said. She said the top
three were judged on whether their essay adhered to the theme, and
the quality of the content, grammar and punctuation. Edenfield said
it was hard to choose winners among the many good essays. The fourth-grade
classes gathered in the school's media center Monday and the top
three essay winners were announced after a human drumroll. The winners,
Patricia Waltz, Tommy Le, and Victoria Schaffer, each won a medal,
a certificate and a monetary prize for their work. Fourth-grade
writing teacher Christine Welke said this was a great experience
for the students. "It gave them a reason to go home and discuss
the topic with family members and the students gained a lot of knowledge
about veterans in their own families," she said. Welke said
the winner, Patricia, "Always goes above and beyond."
Nine-year-old Patricia said she wasn't sure she was going to win.
"At first I didn't know anything about veterans. It was difficult
finding all the information," Patricia said. "My grandfathers
were both in the Army, and I learned a lot from them."
Tallahassee's Lillian Cox on ABC
April 1, 2008: Tallahassee's most stylish centenarian, Lillian Cox, will be featured on tonight's Barbara Walters special on longevity.
Mrs. Cox is an Emeritus member of the Pilot Club of Tallahassee-Lillian, hats off!
To view the special (Live to 150, Can You Do It? Secrets to Living Longer With Barbara Walters ), visit:
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Leon County Awards
$5,000 to Local Club for Alzheimer's
May 10, 2005 The Leon County Commission granted $5,000 to the Pilot Club of Tallahassee for equipment to help track missing Alzheimer's patients.
Project Lifesaver, as it is officially named, is
a program that supplies local sheriff's offices with a sophisticated
system of radio receivers. Used in concert with one another these
receivers help to triangulate the location of an Alzheimer's patient
wearing a special transmitter bracelet. Average search times are
usually short, having found the patient in less than 30 minutes.