Pilot Clubs celebrates 50th year Saturday

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HOUSTON – There are thing in this town that were started, built and done by Pilot International.

But if ask a Houston Pilot Club member what they like the most about their organization is the people it has helped.

“I’ve been a member since 1976 and I can’t tell you how many people we have helped in that time,” said Mary Davis, who has served as club president four different times. “It hasn’t always been big things, but I has always been appreciated by the people whose lives it has changed.”

Davis said those benefiting from local efforts have been students, single moms, the elderly, families and other civic efforts in the community.

“We give scholarships to high school students, we work with groups at Christmas time, we helped put up the signs at the entrance to Houston,” said Davis. “And of course our national mission is to help prevent brain injuries and help fund research to cure brain diseases.”

Davis said she has handed out helmets to kids who ride bicycles, stood at local intersections to raise money for the club and helped with bringing vendors to the Houston Flywheel Festival.
“But it is the friendships I have built over the years that mean the most,” said Davis. “I invited Dorajean Sanderson to join this club years ago. She has been a dear friend ever since.”

Sanderson agreed with Davis it is the relationship with other women and girls that has meant the most to her.

“Pilot Club women and Anchor Club girls have a heart for service,” said Sanderson. “If we see something that needs to be done, we do it.”

Sanderson said through the years those relationship have spread across the state and country.

“I’ve met a lot of good people at state and national programs,” said Sanderson. “They are people I can call today to help with issues and concerns in my community and my life.”

And Sanderson and Davis and the other members of the Houston Pilot Club and Anchor Club will celebrate those bonds with a reception from 2-4 p.m., Saturday at Parkway Baptist Church.

And the community is invited to attend.

There will be refreshments and a program. Most of all there will be a chance for Houston Pilots to mark this milestone and look forward to 50 more years of service to their community and each other.

Pilot International was chartered on Oct. 18, 1921 in Macon, Ga., by Elizabeth Leonard and forty local businesswomen. The name “Pilot” was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance.

Anchor Clubs are the student-led organizations whose aim is to develop young ladies into civic-minded adults.

 

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