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50 years of service
Pilot Club of Statesboro to mark anniversary
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The Pilot Club of Statesboro has reached a milestone in the history of the club. For 50 years, the Pilot Club has served Statesboro and Bulloch County, reaching many in need and touching the lives of countless local residents.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the club will hold an anniversary celebration on Saturday at RJ’s Grill, from 2 to 4 p.m. The celebration is open to the public. Finger foods will be provided at the no-cost event and an RSVP to (912) 682-9901 is strongly encouraged. A program at 2:30 p.m. will feature Pilot International President Shannon Clegg and Pilot Club Georgia District Governor Grace Crittenden.

Also, Pilot Club members will speak about various projects, and the club hopes to encourage others in the community to join the organization during the membership drive.

Pilot Club of Statesboro President Faye Ruarks, said, “Fifty years of service to our community and moving forward to do even more. We have several worthwhile projects that focus on brain related disorders and help caregivers and loved ones for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.”

For Project LifeSaver, Statesboro Pilot Club members work with the assistance of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department to offer a tracking system for Alzheimer’s patients who may wander off.

Through the Caring Closet Project, the club supplies personal items for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. Members also regularly assist the Silver Lining Project, a community effort that provides lunch for caregivers.

The club participates in the Alzheimer’s Support Group held at East Georgia Regional Medical Center each month.

Ruarks added, “Our members love volunteering for the BrainMinder’s Project, a puppet show for every kindergarten student in Bulloch County that teaches participants how to keep their brain safe.

“This year, the Pilot Club of Statesboro implemented two new projects: ‘Casseroles for Caregivers’ and ‘Hugs for Soldiers,’” she said.

As the name implies, the casserole project involves preparing food for a caregiver.

The Portal High School Anchors and youth Pilot Club members work with each other to create greeting cards for the “Hugs for Soldiers” program that aims to add a little cheer for soldiers injured while serving.

In respect to brain-related illnesses or injuries, very few in the community remain untouched, whether personally affected or who love and care for someone affected. The Pilot Club of Statesboro strives to serve those that fall into either category.

“As president of the Pilot club of Statesboro, I am blessed to be part of this group of volunteers and friends who come together to get things done for our community,” Ruarks said. “Our mission is ‘Do More, Care More, Be More.’

“Our club continues to grow and develop new ideas to serve our community. If you would like to join us, please contact any of our members or call me, at (912) 486-2102.”



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