Pioneers member benefit programs opportunity for your community, friends and family
Pioneers have a long-standing history of providing support in our communities. We do it through hands-on projects and by providing resources and opportunities to enhance one’s quality of life. In an effort to build on the support we provide, Pioneers are happy to announce that our Affinity Partnerships and discounts are now additional resources and benefits that you can offer to your community partners, organizations, family members and friends. We make a real difference in the communities we serve, and we want Pioneers’ benefits to make a difference as well. Every time someone uses a Pioneers Affinity Partner link, in addition to receiving a great discount, they are also helping the Pioneers retain those Affinity Partner relationships which assists with overall support of the organization. To start sharing, please reference the website or links below. Thank you for your continued support of Pioneers Affinity Partnerships.
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Pioneers Telecom Volunteers | Member Benefits | Partners Discounts
Pioneers get 35% off the first year of LifeLock
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Pioneers save $235+ each year on eye care and eyewear
Up to 25% off
Up to 25% off
Pioneers can save up to $500 per person* on seasonal offers
Pioneers discounted group rates
Average savings of 26%
Welcome – Orlando Employee Discounts
Pioneers can save up to 35% off their next vacation to Orlando
5% member discount and “Price Match Plus”
Life Line Screening
Special discounted flat group rate. 4 screenings for $135, plus osteo for $10 more
Pioneers can save up to 75% qualifying items
SCI – Neptune & Dignity
Pioneers receive an additional 10% off the standard pricing
Special Offer for Pioneers. Starting at $19.95/month.
Hear in America
Planning Kit Call: 1-800-616-8759
MetLife TakeAlong Dental – Dental Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance
Simply Affordable Insurance
7.5% off monthly fees
** Available to Canadian Pioneers
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Submitted by Administrator
PENSION NEWS How we run our money: Nokia
In the article below, Arto Sirvio, Nokia’s director of pensions, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo how the communication and information technology company manages a large portfolio of pension plans. Reprinted from January 2018. In a world where corporate behaviour comes under closer scrutiny, the way companies treat current and past employees is critical. Ensuring they are financially secure in retirement is not something that can be overlooked by management boards. But for a company such as Nokia, which has about 100,000 staff and more than 200,000 retired employees, pensions can become a great challenge… Click here for the full article.
All retired employees that worked for Western Electric, AT&T, Lucent Technologies but retired from Avaya has their pension from Avaya paid by the PBGC the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation as Avaya filed bankruptcy under chapter 11
Summitted by Administrator
This year Bobbie Hall and Jerry Dunbar led the J.D. Burlie Club Pioneers in this years Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down “Duffle Bag Drive” for Vets of Central Ohio. This year the Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down had a fundraiser to fill Duffle Bags for Veteran Men and Women. Each Duffle bag will be filled with items that will help Veterans wherever and however they live. They will have a mix of personal hygiene items, socks, and bedding. All will also have a box of Girl Scout cookies.
“Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to Veterans such as food, shelter, new clothing,VA health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services. Included in these services are housing, employment and substance abuse treatment, education and jobs. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated among local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the Veteran community.”
We are creating an opportunity to serve Veterans that best use existing community services and secure our use of funding from veteran focused organizations (i.e. VA, VOA, etc.). We will not be providing services to non-veterans or individuals without credentials. Prior to the Stand Down, we will work with local agencies to help veterans obtain credentials.
In align with our mission, we invite community service providers to offer needed services to our veterans. In this manner, our program will continue to meet the fluid needs of our Veterans in Central Ohio.
Submitted by Elaine Housley New Outlook Director
The last pioneer life member luncheon was on December 5, 2019 and they resumed on July 29, 2021. The LML resumed at a new venue the German-American Society and will be held there in the future. The luncheon had 105 pioneer life members attend the luncheon and they enjoyed seeing each other again. In conjunction with LML the pioneers held a food drive for the Salvation Army. President Bob Wolkins collected the food to be delivered after the luncheon to the Salvation Army.
There were three speakers to update the pioneers of important things for them to know about. The New Outlook Region Director Elaine Housley from Columbus, Ohio was the first speaker. She introduced herself and spoke about her work history starting with Western Electric and becoming a director with the pioneers after retirement in 2000.
Vern Larson and Cindy Hadsell with the NRLN followed Elaine. Vern spoke first updating the benefits for those that retired from Avaya. Cindy’s key points were the action alerts and how important they are to let those in congress know what those back home are interested in. Cindy mentioned the voting records of the senators in NE and IA.
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Submitted Gordy Viner
Gordon Hankins president of Crossroads Chapter 135, New Outlook Pioneers has submitted a club and chapter roster for 2020. This is information for the region and for others that would look to contact different members in the club and Chapter. This roster is to make it easier to contact the officers in the club and chapter. Gordon is also co-chair with his wife Connie of the Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project. They took over the TOT Project in 1996.
Submitted by Gordon Hankins President
The Heartland Council had a food drive for the Salvation Army pantry connected with the Life Member Luncheon. After the luncheon was over with Bob and Carolyn Wolkins took NO Director Elaine Housley back to the airport they stopped and delivered the food to the SA food pantry.
Submitted by Gordy Viner
During our spring conference call president Bob Wolkins made a note about Heartland Council restarting our life member luncheons this coming summer. Elaine called him said she would like to know the date and was going to make arrangements to come out to Omaha and attend the LML.
The LML was set for July 29, 2021. Bob and Elaine discussed that since she would be flying out the day before that the council should have a meeting and supper to meet her and the officers could get to know her.
Bob made a reservation at Brother Sebastian’s for Wednesday evening of July 28, 2021. The officers had a meeting with Elaine before supper and after supper Elaine discussed her back ground and then opened it up to a question and answer session that was very informative. The New Outlook reorganization was the big topic of discussion.
Front Row L to R; Deb Grady, Judy Coffey, Elaine Housley, Virginia Fugger
Middle Row L to R; Gordy Viner, Sandy Viner, Joe Bonaiuto, Ray Fugger
Back Row L to R; Jerry Golmanavich, Betty Golmanavich, Bob Wolkins, Carolyn Wolkins, Steve Dawkins
Submitted by Gordy Viner
Salvation Army Annual Fan Drive
You probably have a way to stay cool this summer but not everyone does.
That’s why the Salvation Army is kicking off its annual fan drive this year with Ace Hardware from June 3 to June 20, 2021. Because of COVID-19, the organization is asking for monetary donations, which will allow them to buy new fans for those in need. This year you can donate to the drive at all ACE Hardware locations in the Omaha Area.
The Heartland Council Pioneers of Omaha, NE purchased 60 box fans for the needy and elderly in the Omaha area. Bob Wolkins volunteered his pickup truck and the pioneers sent out a call for more help to pick up the fans at the Ace Westlake Hardware store and deliver them to the Salvation Army.
On Friday afternoon Heartland Council Pioneers President Bob Wolkins came with his truck, Joe,1st Vice President showed up with his cargo van, Steve, 2nd Vice President showed up with his cargo van and Jerry, past president showed up with his cargo van. After loading Bob’s truck Mike, the store manager said, “Hey guys let me help you out here. Let me deliver the rest of the fans to the Salvation Army up on NW Radio Highway for you.” It was over 90 degrees out and getting hotter and all said that is a great idea Mike and thank you.
Last picture L to R; Jerry Golmanavich, Bob Wolkins, Joe Bonaiuto and Steve Dawkins
Last Frame; These fans are being donated this year by the Heartland Council Pioneers in honor of Dick “Max” and Cathy Maxwell. They volunteered for the Heartland Pioneers for over thirty years with the Salvation Army. Dick “Max” Maxwell passed this last fall from covid-19.
Submitted by Gordy Viner Treasurer and also the photos