Hello to all! My name is Nancy Grieshaber and I have been appointed to the position of KS-MO District Coordinator of Membership. By way of introduction, I will give you my background as a Pilot, specifically a member of the Sunflower Pilot Club of Manhattan Kansas.
After many, many years of involvement in organizations connected with my children’s interests and activities, such as 4H, church youth groups, school clubs and organizations, and of course the ever present athletics, I took a “sabbatical” of two years from doing any type of volunteer work … I was burned out! I found out soon enough that this lying low, so to speak, was not for me and I began a search for an outlet to get back in the swing of things.
I wanted to become involved more in my church, in a civic organization and, even though my musical talent is severely limited, I wanted to try my hand at something in the musical arts area. It was easy to reunite with my spiritual self and joining a bell choir was just the thing that fulfilled the music wish.
But – to the civic organization. I had done some asking around and found there were several choices here in Manhattan. I could become a member, write a check and go to meetings. I needed more … I needed to be “feeling” the satisfaction of doing good of making even the slightest difference. I needed to find a group that would actively seek out the means to be a volunteer organization that would do things for the community.
I found that in the newly formed Sunflower Pilot Club. A group of women who were finding ways to support local needs and earning the funds to do so, a group that was accepting of me, a group that was friendly and not demanding, a group that lets all the members participate at each one’s own level of comfort, and a group that has given me the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.
We are always hearing that Pilot needs more members, and yes that is very true. I am sure we all know of someone who just might be searching for the same things I was years ago. Give some thought to what our organization has to offer to others, each other, and to one’s self.
Pilot Membership provides an opportunity to:
- Develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills - Help people through community service at home and throughout the world - Attend District and International conferences and workshops - Learn more about the community and its needs, especially in the area of brain-related disorders - Network with people who share similar interests - Develop new social and business relationships both locally and internationally - Make a difference in the lives of the people throughout the world
A Pilot Member...
- Aspires to the principles in the Pilot Code of Ethics - Attends meetings and projects whenever possible - Is an active participant in club decision making - Supports decisions made by the majority, regardless of personal preference - Encourages decisions which affect "the greater whole" - Is professional in all matters concerning Pilot business - Keeps club strong by inviting new members to join - Encourages cultural diversity in club membership - Does their "fair share" to plan and carry out service projects and fundraisers whenever possible - Becomes familiar with District and International issues and Pilot's service focus of brain-related disorders - Enhances the club's image within the community by promoting the club's projects and activities - Networks with other civic/service organizations and local agencies