Local Pilot Club member wins big at District Convention

by Theresa Bridges

Members of the Pilot Club of Louisville joined more than 100 Pilot
members from Mississippi at the MS District, Pilot International 25th
Annual Convention held at the Clarion Inn and Summit Convention
Center in Tupelo on April 12-13, 2013. Governor Janie Cirlot-New,
Pilot Club of Starkville, presided during the weekend. Those
attending from the Pilot Club of Louisville were: Kathy Sinclair,
Beverly Wilkes, DeLaine Woodruff, and Tara Woodward.
Theme for the weekend was “Grow in Service and Membership.” Those
attending took part in informative workshops, officer training
sessions, election of district officers, and conducting district
business. Sherry Johnson, Pilot International Vice President, from
Quitman, Texas attended as the Executive Committee Representative for
the MS District. A special fundraiser for the Pilot International
Foundation was held on Friday night. The Pilot Clubs of Fulton and
Houston Community served as hostesses for the successful weekend of
training, entertainment, inspiration, and fellowship.
Founded in 1921, Pilot International is a human service organization
of volunteers working together to improve the quality of life in
communities throughout the world. The organization’s service focus
is helping persons with brain-related disorders and disabilities
through education, volunteerism, and financial support. The Pilot
International Foundation awards thousands of dollars annually in
grants and scholarships to further education, research, and programs
that benefit those affected by neurological diseases and injuries to
the brain.
With special note, the Pilot Club of Louisville won the Yearbook
Award, placed 2nd in the Newsletter Award and won the coveted Mary
Jane Green Pilot Club of the Year Award. To win the Green award, the
Awards Jury, appointed by the PI Governor, judges each club’s entry
using a point system. Points are attained by the quantity and
quality of the club’s projects, neatness of the entry, and overall
presentation of the entry as detailed in a book. As Winston County
residents can attest, the Pilot Club of Louisville deserves this high
honor as recipients of the many projects, volunteerism, and good
works of the club. The award is named in memory of Pilot member, Mary
Jane Green of Grenada, who served as governor of the LA/MS District.
“We are proud to announce that the Louisville Pilots have won this
award ten out of 13 years! What an accomplishment!”