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On October 21st, 2010, the Pilot Club of Sayville was honored at a "Neighborhood Caring Breakfast" by Day Haven Adult Day Services.

The program read – “Honoring individuals and organizations in our community who support quality of life for frail older adults, individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers”. Recognition in the program cited – “Members of the Pilot Club of Sayville, through a hands-on approach and financial support, have benefited numerous programs and organizations in Sayville and its surrounding communities. The donation of their time and new equipment for our therapeutic recreation program has enhanced our Day Haven program. Their partnership with the Suffolk County Sheriff on Project Lifesaver further ensures the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens.”

On behalf of the members of the Pilot Club of Sayville, President-Elect, Ellen Hathaway accepted a beautiful hand-painting, created by Jim F., age 78. A card on the back of the painting reads:

“A former fabric salesman and student at the University of Arizona, Jim enjoys exercise, sing-a-longs, gardening and poetry. He especially likes his black lab and the intergenerational programming at Day Haven. This watercolor painting was created especially for you.”

Nintendo Wii Equipment presented by the Pilot Club of Sayville

The Pilot Club of Sayville, through funding from Pilot International Foundation, recently presented the Development Disability Institute, Smithtown, NY, with Nintendo Wii equipment for use in a physical fitness program in their Special Education School for students with Autism and Development Disabilities.

The equipment will increase the opportunities for the students to participate in activities that will improve their health.

Pilot International Foundation is a philanthropic arm of Pilot International, a non-profit service organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in communities worldwide. Pilot International’s service focuses in prevention and education regarding traumatic brain injury and brain-related disorder.

The Pilot Club of Sayville is a member organization of Pilot International and, through projects such as this, seeks to improve the quality of life for those with brain-related disorders.

Pilot Club of Sayville members, presenting the Wii equipment to DDI Development staff member, Ellen Holmes

DDI students using the Wii equipment

Pilot Club of Sayville Sponsors Alzheimer Program

The Pilot Club of Sayville sponsored an Alzheimer's Program at Sayville Library. The guest speaker was Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director/CEO of the Alzheimer Association of Long Island. Ms. Malack-Rsgona spoke on “National Early Detection- Know the 10 signs Campaign”. The program discussed the disease process, the importance of early detection, early diagnosis and how to find additional help.

Lawrence E. Davidow, Esq. of Davidow, Davidow, Siegel & Stern, LLP also discussed planning for a long term illness and the documents necessary to ensure a successful planning process for elder care.

The program was well received by the public.

Claire Eberbach-Smith, Ellen Hathaway, Ms. Malack-Ragona, L. E. Davidow, Esq., (in fornt of him) Judi Koerner (next to him) Dolores Savitsky, Pat Sedlick, Dot Lamens, (behind Dot) Susan Kubelle and Irene Yesenowski.

Pilot Club International Partners with The Children's Community Head Start to Protect Children's Brains

The Pilot Club of Sayville donated 100 size extra-small bicycle helmets to the Children’s Community Head Start in Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. The Children’s Community Head Start provides a comprehensive preschool program for children and supportive services for families. The bicycle helmets were distributed to the children who are three to five years old from low income families.

The Pilot Club is an international service organization. Sandy Sacks from the Pilot Club’s Sayville chapter says that the helmets were purchased with money from the chapter’s fundraising efforts. The Pilot Club focuses much of its attention on brain related disorders. Using a bicycle helmet is a practical way of “keeping our brains safe for life,” adds Ms. Sacks.

The Children’s Community Head Start is a federally funded preschool program serving 13 school districts in central Suffolk County. Denice Karotseris, the Director of The Children’s Community Head Start, says “We are grateful to the Pilot Club for their generosity and thoughtfulness. The helmets are a great way to begin creating safe bicycle riding habits.”

In the photo are of members of the Pilot Club of Sayville with children from the Children’s Community Head Start. For more information go to: www.childrenscommunityHS.org.
For more information contact Julie Wexler at (631) 585-2020.

Shown with some of the children sporting their shiny, new red and green bicycle helmets are (l to r) Pilot Club of Sayville members Judi Koerner, Dolores (Dee) Fiederlein, Sandra Sacks and Irene Yesenowski.

Pilot Club of Sayville Honored By Sheriff’s Department

The Pilot Club of Sayville, a local division of Pilot International/Pilot International Foundation, a world-wide volunteer, civic service organization, recently received a proclamation from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. The award, presented by Anthony Dolan, Corrections Officer noted Pilot Club of Sayville’s many charitable activities that improve the quality of life for those in need in local communities. The Pilot Club of Sayville’s continuing support of the Sheriff Department’s Project Lifesaver Program was given special recognition. Project Lifesaver is a tracking system designed to assist law enforcement and rescue agencies in locating lost or missing persons who are diagnosed with cognitive disabilities. Project Lifesaver users wear a personalized battery operated transmitter bracelet that gives off an automatic tracking signal.

To date, the Pilot Club of Sayville has purchased, through fundraising and matching grants from Pilot International Foundation, Macon, GA, 16 Project Lifesaver transmitters and a year’s supply of batteries and bracelets for each. These were donated to the Developmental Disabilities Institute and Day Haven Adult Service for the use of the participants in their Autism and Alzheimer’s programs with no charge to the transmitter users.

The Pilot Club of Sayville’s main focus is the improvement of the lives of those with brain-related disorders and the prevention of traumatic brain injury.

Dear friends of the Pilot Club of Sayville,

The Pilot Club of Sayville is proud to announce that in April of this year, our club expanded the presence of Pilot International on Long Island by sponsoring the formation of a new Pilot Club. There are now four Pilot Clubs on Long Island: the Pilot Club of Babylon, the Pilot Club of Patchogue, the Pilot Club of Sayville, and the new club, the Pilot Club of Greater Long Island, each serving its own geographical area.

The Pilot Club of Sayville, a community service organization, has served the Sayville and neighboring areas for the past thirty-five years. We remain dedicated to our mission of helping those in need and improving the quality of life for those affected by brain-related disorders through hands-on and educational projects, financial assistance and grants and scholarships. We will continue to do so in this community under our traditional name of the Pilot Club of Sayville.

We want you to know that your past support, without which we could not have done our work, is greatly appreciated. We are the only Pilot Club exclusively serving this area and we hope we can rely on your continuing support for all our future endeavors.

The Pilot Club of Sayville is a division of Pilot International, a global volunteer, civic service organization with approximately 25,000 adult and youth members. Our goal is to help those in need and to improve the quality of life in our community and communities around the world. Pilot’s main focus is working with people affected by brain disorders and disabilities and the prevention of traumatic brain injuries.

The Pilot Club of Sayville has received a $1,500.00 matching grant from the Pilot International Foundation to help fund (in cooperation with another community organization) the purchase and installation of a poured rubber surface for an existing playground area at Angela’s House II, a home that specializes in caring for children with severe medical and physical conditions that require life-sustaining technology. The special surface will permit the wheel chair-bound children access to the existing wheel chair swing and hammock, which is not now accessible to wheel chairs.

Volunteer members of the Pilot Club of Sayville will initiate a supper-time reading program for the children. This will occupy and stimulate the children as they wait for their turns to be individually fed by staff members. The children will benefit from the mental stimulation, social-interaction, education and acceptance provided by our member-readers and this, in turn, will encourage improved interactive and conversational skills, and ego enhancement.

In the past, through another matching grant from the Pilot International Foundation, the Pilot Club of Sayville was able to donate a wheel chair swing for Angela’s House I.

Pilot Club of Sayville