Improving the quality of life through Pilot International

Improving the quality of life through Pilot International
The Pilot Club of Martin has a long and illustrious history in Martin and Weakley County. Chartered in May, 1971, the club has become synonymous with many worthy projects that have greatly benefited those with brain-related disorders as well as many others throughout the community. This follows closely the Pilot International Mission Statement of striving to improve the lives of those in communities throughout the world. A name that has been closely aligned with the Pilot Club of Martin and the Tennessee District is Janey Tyner. Tyner was invited to become a member of the service organization in the late 1970s, and has served the club in every office and appointed position. She has also represented the club and community on both the District and International levels, recently completing her second term as Tennessee District Governor, the highest office on that level. The office carries with it the opportunity to serve on the organization’s International Board of Directors. Her first term was in 1996-1997, followed by the appointment of the International President to International Club Operations Coordinator. She returned earlier this month from the 2008 Pilot International/Pilot International Foundation Convention in Phoenix, AZ, where she was appointed International Projects Coordinator for 2008-2009. “The projects sponsored by Pilot Clubs around the world are focused primarily toward helping those who are affected by brain-related disorders,” Tyner said. “Many projects are paid for through matching grants from the Pilot International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organization, established in 1975. Locally, the handicapped-accessible playground equipment in the Virginia Weldon City Park and the handicapped-accessible computer stations in the C.E. Weldon Public Library were both funded in part through such grants. “In addition to grants, the Foundation makes scholarships available to students meeting specific criteria who are studying in the field of brain-related disorders,” she said. The disorders include traumatic brain injuries, developmentally disabled, chemical dependency (fetal alcohol syndrome and infants born with drug addictions), diseases which cause dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, Multi-Infarct dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, etc.), mental and emotional disorders (schizophrenia, chronic depression and mental illness), and other brain disorders including brain tumors, neuromuscular diseases and strokes. “The fund-raisers held by the Pilot Club, most recently the Bar-B-Que Chicken dinner and the Miss Martin pageants each spring, help fund both our local projects and contribute to the PIF grants and scholarships program,” she said. When asked on a more personal note what the organization has meant in her life, she is quick to tell of the great opportunity to give back to the community. She also values all the wonderful friendships she has established with Pilots around the world. Tyner said she is also grateful for the personal growth she has gained over the years. “When I was invited to become a Pilot, I told my sponsors that I would do whatever was necessary, from bake sales to bicycle rodeos, to promote the club, but please, don’t ask me to stand up and speak to more than three people at a time.” During the convention she took the microphone on stage before more than 1,100 attendees and participated in conducting a number of workshops. “We have a phenomenal club here with active members who work extremely hard to make each fund-raiser and project a success. Our new slate of officers was installed in May and I look forward to a very exciting and successful year. “Next time you hear about a Pilot fund-raiser or a Pilot asks you to buy a ticket to a Pilot-sponsored event, please don’t hesitate to help. The funds that are raised will be used to help many people – in this community and others.” To learn more about the Pilot Club of Martin and Pilot International and the PI Foundation, the web site pilotinternational.org offers a great deal information. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Tyner or any of the members of the Pilot Club of Martin.

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