Members of the Pilot Club of Lucaya, recently attended the 96th Pilot International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were a part of nearly 600 Pilots and Anchors who participated in the global event that drew representatives from more than four countries and geographic areas around the world.
Pilot International is a community-based volunteer service organization founded in 1921 in Macon, GA on the principles of “Friendship and Service.” Pilots carry out their mission to “Do More, Care More and Be More” by providing financial and hands-on support for national and local initiatives in keeping with its causes of youth development and leadership; brain safety and fitness; and caring for families in times of need.
According to Keira Cox, 2017/18 President of the Pilot Club of Lucaya, who served as the official club delegate, “It was exciting to gather with so many Pilots from other countries. It’s a great reminder that Pilots are not only making a difference in our local communities, but also around the world.”
Convention highlights included a spectacular Flag Ceremony with Pilots from around the world who marched along with their country’s flag. Ethel Laing, Governor of the Bahamas District of Pilot International, presented the Bahamian flag, alongside her husband Michael Laing. The Pilot Club of Lucaya received the Outstanding Pilot Club Growth Award, while its youth arm, the Anchor Club of Lucaya, received the Anchor Club of the Year Award.
Convention attendees heard a keynote speech from LaDonna Gatlin, a dynamic, uplifting and entertaining motivational speaker. Additional speakers included entrepreneur, Patrick Ibarra, and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Jeanne Jacobs. Pilots attended workshops, learned about important issues facing communities globally, elected international officers, voted on the 2017-2018 Pilot International Budget and helped set the future direction for Pilot International.
Locally, The Pilot Club of Lucaya continues to make an impact in the Grand Bahama community through service to the elderly, disabled, special needs and underprivileged. Proceeds from past fund-raising events have also been used to fund the club’s educational grant. The Pilot Club of Lucaya is currently preparing for their Summer Service Initiatives which include a Brain Minders Presentation, to educate young children and senior citizens on brain safety & health and a Pick Me Up Program. For more information please view the Pilot Club of Lucaya’s facebook page: @pilotclub.oflucaya.1