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