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The Pilot Club of Muscatine Celebrates Pilot International’s 100th Anniversary by Touching 100 Lives

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MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Pilot Club of Muscatine has been in existence since 1961, but in the year 2021, Pilot International is reaching the milestone of 100 years of friendship and service in clubs and countries in America and around the world. Pilot International was chartered on Oct. 18, 1921, in Macon Georgia, by Elizabeth Leonard and 40 local businesswomen. The name Pilot was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance.

The Pilot International Founders Fund was established in 1975 to further Pilot’s humanitarian efforts. Since the Founders Fund grant program began in 1977, nearly 1,500 grants totaling more than $1.5 million have been disbursed to Pilot Clubs to assist with service projects in their communities.

Pilot’s mission is to influence positive change in communities throughout the world. We focus on encouraging brain safety and health and support those who care for others. The Pilot Club of Muscatine has served our community continually for the 50 years of its existence by participating in many local efforts. The club’s fundraising activities have allowed the purchase of equipment for Harmony House and the Muscatine Fire Department, specially-adapted trikes for several local children, Wii and Let’s Chat systems, as well as supplies for the sensory rooms for special needs Muscatine classrooms. The club has presented bike safety programs, BrainMinders puppet programs for pre-school and elementary school children, and Pilot Club scholarships. Pilot supports caregivers in families and those working in care facilities through their “Pick Me Up” program and also makes and delivers memory books for use in Alzheimer’s units and care centers. The Brain Injury Support Group in Muscatine was established by the club, and continues to support it.

For more information about the Pilot Club of Muscatine, please visit our google site https://sites.google.com/view/muscatine-pilot-club or contact Tammy Ales, President, at 563-299-4286. We are currently seeking new members who wish to join this great organization of friendship and service and make an impact not only in their local community, but also in the world. Also, please visit our international website at www.pilotinternational.org.

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