One Scott County organization is making an impact in its community through service, support, and safety.
The Pilot Club of Scott County has been part of the community since 1978, providing scholarships, doing community service projects, and helping other community groups. The Pilot Club is an international service club, started in 1921 in Macon, Ga., by a local businesswoman, Elizabeth Leonard. Inspired by the character of riverboat pilots, Leonard focused on the pilots’ leadership and guidance. Today, the Pilot Club has more than 7,500 members in 375 clubs worldwide.
At Christmastime, the Pilot Club of Scott County works with LifeSpan Resources to provide 10 local senior citizens, who do not have any family, with Christmas gifts. It’s like the Angel Tree but for senior citizens.
“They wouldn’t have got a Christmas gift,” said Teresa Begley, president of the Pilot Club of Scott County.
The Pilot Club buys requested gifts, such as food, fruit baskets, sugar-free candy, and compact discs with music. One senior asked for bird feed for their bird feeder, so they can watch the birds come to the feeder.
“We put them in gift bags,” Begley said. “Before the 20th or 21st, we deliver them, just before Christmas.”
The Pilot Club has been participating in the Christmas for seniors project for more than a decade.
“They wouldn’t have any visitors,” Begley said. “A lot of organizations do Angel Trees. We started doing the Senior Angels.”
Throughout the year, the Pilot Club of Scott County provides a scholarship to an adult, who enrolls in college to becoming a healthcare professional. They sponsor and organize the county spelling bee and the Scott County Fair Queen contest, and work with the Scott County Health Department. They provide groceries for those less fortunate and meals for community groups providing education for families to move beyond poverty. The group brings puppet shows to preschool and Kindergarten students to teach children how to protect their brain from injury.
“We have three focuses: anchor youth leadership, brain-related service projects, and caring for families in our community,” Begley said.