The Pilot Club of Great Bend membership each year chooses a member or members that exemplify the attributes of a Pilot. The member or members chosen as the PIFF Ambassador must be active in an assigned role within the club, promote and support the aims of Pilot International and its activities, and be active in a project that exemplifies the brain-related service focus of Pilot International and be faithful in attending meetings and give generously of their time to assist with service projects and fundraising activities.
Nancy Schuetz, the 2020-2021 PIFF representative, presented the club choice for 2020-2021 Pilot International Founders Fund Ambassador to Barbara and Daniel Watson. In a year where the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic places serious challenges on service organizations, these two members stand out in their generosity of time and talent, and willingness to serve the community. The club will honor them by sending a donation in their name to the Pilot International Founders Fund where the Ambassador donations go to help the SAFE HARBOR Fund which helps those Pilots in need after a local or personal catastrophe such as recently seen in Iowa.
The Pilot Club of Great Bend supports the efforts of Pilot International through the Pilot International Founders Fund (PIFF), which was established to support the community-based work of Pilot Clubs by helping to underwrite Club efforts to serve in the areas of Preparing Youth for Service, Encouraging Brain Safety & Health and Supporting those who Care for Others. Through the Pilot International Founders Fund, since its inception in 1977, PIFF has assisted local Pilot Clubs in their efforts to serve and meet the needs of others through an extensive grant program that has disbursed over $1,100,000. The Pilot International Founders Fund also provides scholarships that support graduate and undergraduate students working in fields related to Pilot International’s main areas of service focus. Pilot International and its local Pilot Clubs are able to improve the lives of others through education, volunteerism, financial support and research.