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Heartland Pioneers Continue Thanksgiving Dinner 2020

TurkeyFest Check Presentation

The Heartland Pioneers continued their alliance with the Salvation Army and the Thanksgiving dinner they started with them around thirty some years ago.  In the beginning the pioneer volunteers prepared the dinners at their homes and then delivered everything to the Kroc Center on the night before Thanksgiving.  The pioneer cook, Bill Sucha, then prepared the potatoes and green beans while the volunteers sliced up the turkeys and all was ready to go early on Thanksgiving morning.  The first few years 300 meals were prepared and delivered by volunteers the Salvation Army assembled.  Now the Thanksgiving dinners are delivered to 1500 families in the Omaha Metro.  Other volunteers have taken over a lot of preparation of the meal.  The Heartland Pioneers have continued to supply volunteers over the years and this year the Heartland Pioneer Council presented a check for $1000.00 on November 19, 2020 to purchase turkeys for the Thanksgiving dinner.  The Pioneers plan to continue this Thanksgiving Dinner tradition with the Salvation Army.

Bob Wolkins, president Heartland Pioneers and Debbie Grady, Project Coordinator present check to Major Adams of the Salvation Army

Submitted by Bob Wolkins and Debbie Grady

Hug A Bears and Steve Dawkins – Heartland Pioneers


Steve Dawkins and his wife Marcy took over the Hug A Bear project in late 1999 as co-chairs.  When Marcy passed away Steve took over as chair of the Hug A Bears and continued on.  Steve has carried on for a total of twenty-one year’s producing thousands of Bears.  During this pandemic the group hasn’t been able to meet to make Bears.  At this time Steve has concluded that it is time for him to give up being the chair of the group.  He will continue to help as much as he can as the group moves forward.  The total number of Bears that the group has produced under Steve leadership has been 50,406.  At this time all of us in pioneering wish to say Thank You Steve for your dedication.

HUG A BEARS DELIVERED IN THE OMAHA METRO TO:

PROJECT HARMONY, THEY ALSO WORK ALONG SIDE OF THE BOYSTOWN BEHAVORIAL UNIT.

BERGAN MERCY HOSPITAL AND CHILDRENS GROUP

CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

RAINBOW HOUSE WHICH WORKS ALONG SIDE WITH METHODIST HOSPITAL

CHILDRENS HOSPITAL.

DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT.

OMAHA POLICE DEPT

FIRE DEPT # 43 AND # 44

BENNINTON FIRE AND RESCUE DEPT

MADONNA BURN CENTER

VILLAGE POINT CHILDRENS CARE

DR. BILL RUCKER FAMILY ENRICHMENT

OPEN DOOR MISSION

SALVATION ARMY

EPS BATTERED WOMEN CENTER

AS OF NOVEMBER 3, 2020, THE GROUP HAS MADE AND DELIVERED 50,406 BEARS SINCE DECEMBER OF 1999.

From all of the officers past and present of the Heartland Pioneers and everyone that has worked with the group making Hug A Bears we say Thank You Steve Dawkins

Posted by the Webmaster from President Bob Wolkins

Lucent / Nokia Chapter NRLN

ABOUT THE LRO & THE LUCENT CHAPTER

THE LUCENT RETIREES ORGANIZATION (LRO) was chartered in January 2003 in the state of New York. Its purpose is to address the interests of 127,000 individuals under the Lucent pension plan that embodies all Lucent and Bell Labs retirees, including those who retired when the company was known as Western Electric and/or AT&T Network Systems, plus subsidiaries such as Teletype and Sandia.   Western Electric — AT&T Network Systems Division — Lucent Technologies — Alcatel Lucent and NOW: NOKIA!! Throughout, the Lucent Retirees Organization — your LRO — has done its best to represent the interests of its retirees with whatever of the foregoing names. AND all retirees can be assured that the LRO will continue to make sure that company promises made to all of us are kept — no matter the latest corporate name or headquarters location!!”   And now we have teamed as a chapter of the National Retirees Legislative Network. The remaining Nokia issues of pensions, life and health care insurance increasingly require lobbying Congress for national solutions. Benefits, including pensions, life insurance, prescription drug costs, Social Security and Medicare are ongoing national issues that face Lucent / Nokia retirees and former Lucent employees who will retire from Nokia in the future and most if not all other NRLN association, chapter and individual members. These issues will impact our kids and grandkids in the future if our generation doesn’t address them now.   Your Chapter will continue the fight, with the support of two million other NRLN retirees and professional staff to lobby for legislation that will protect current and future retirees. The NRLN has the numbers, experience on Capitol Hill and the expertise to influence legislation. The LRO’s 17,000 retirees represents a powerful component of that force. Your active participation can make a difference.   Over the years over 17,000 retirees have been members, and over 13.000 are still active. Membership is open to current retirees with a Lucent pension, a person vested for a Lucent pension, or the spouse of any such retiree or vested person. JOIN US to receive email updates.

FOR THOSE REVIEWING THEIR MEDICARE OPTIONS,
BE SURE TO CONTACT STATE HELP FREE

Submitted by Webmaster

Southwest Chapter 136 – Eastern Missouri Council – Council President Judy Herbst’s Husband Passed Away

Harry “Glen” Herbst
He was a member of St. Louis Family Church, a Board of Director Emeritus at Pond Athletic Association, retired Associate Engineer at Lucent Technologies/AT&T/Western Electric, cherished youth baseball and softball coach, a Mineral Area College Alumnus, proud Vietnam Veteran, and a devoted Kentucky Wildcat fan.

Beloved husband to Judy Herbst of Wildwood, Missouri; loving father of Dionna (Austin) Helfers of Labadie, Missouri; Todd (Tanya) Norman of Cape Coral, Florida; Lora (Monty) Duke of Wingo, Kentucky; dear brother of Mary (Terry) Mabery of Highland, Illinois; brother-in-law to Larry Richard of Town and Country, Missouri; Tammy (Jerry) Hall of Sarasota, Kentucky; loving Papa Glen to 8 grandchildren: Ryan (Brandi) Duke, Lindsay (Matt) Ross, Alex Carollo, Marcus Norman, Brody Norman, William Helfers, Addison Helfers, Carson Helfers; 7 great grandchildren: Levi Frizzell, Abigail Frizzell, Jonah Duke, Georgia Duke, Hannah Ross, Paige Ross, Kyle Ross; uncle to Tanner Hall of Sarasota, Kentucky; Tyler Hall of Wingo, Kentucky; Shelley (Chris) Ball of Valparaiso, Indiana; Brett Mabery of York, Nebraska; great uncle to Michael (Romi) Ball of Summerville, South Carolina; Brandon Ball of Summerville, South Carolina; Bryce, Payton and Juliana Ball of Valparaiso, Indiana, Cousin to many, a loving “Papa Glen” and friend to everyone he met. He was the proud son of the late Earl and Irene Herbst.

Services at St. Louis Family Church, Chesterfield, Missouri, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the youth baseball and softball program at Pond Athletic Association, P.O. Box 111, Wildwood, MO 63040. Visitation at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Missouri, Monday, September 28, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Pond Athletic Association in Wildwood, Missouri.

Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory
14960 Manchester Road
Holloway, Ballwin, Missouri

Submitted by New Outlook Region Director Elaine Housley

Atlantic Coast Chapter 133 Food Bank Project

Mission Lexington Food Bank

L to R Pioneers Don and Anne Mellen with Mission Lexington, SC director of the Mission Lexington food bank, Lauren Palkowski

Pioneers Anne and her husband Don (both retirees of Bell Labs) are working independently in Lexington making a donation to the Mission Lexington Food Bank. There is no pioneer council or club located close to Lexington, SC, so they are working through the Atlantic Coast Chapter 133. Anne and Don both retired from the Bell Labs in NJ and they have retired to their home in Lexington, SC.

Mission Lexington Food Bank
Mission Lexington has been meeting the needs of Lexington County, SC residents in crisis. Originally founded in 1978, Mission Lexington today is the hub of care for Lexington County, assisting families and individuals with life essentials, resources, and guidance. We meet over 35,000 needs in Lexington County each year. Our partner network includes local businesses and government agencies, corporations, organizations individuals and more than 50 member churches who sustain our vision daily. Today we offer a thriving thrift store, food pantry, donation center, and social services and guidance.

Submitted by Pioneers Anne and Don Mellen

Crossroads Chapter 135 – Burlie Club Pioneers

HELPING HANDS Medical Equipment Ministry – Peace United Methodist Church
Volunteer Hours & Information
2019 and January 1 – June 30, 2020

2019:
• Total families served 3,381
(includes deliveries, pick-ups, and pick up of equipment at the church)
• Coordinator Volunteer Hours: 1960 (averaged 40 hours a week/49 weeks)
• Approximate hours given by other volunteers in HH Ministry: 5,000 – 6,000
(*See info below for “other volunteers”)

2020:
Families served before shutdown:
January 333
February 268
March 139 (thru 12th)
Shut-down due to Covid 19 virus – March 12 thru May 31
During closing we continued setting equipment outside for pick-up at the church which was requested by physical therapist, nurses, social workers
and a few folks that call the church and a few of our Peace family
Equipment was put outside the west entry doors with names attached. Paperwork completed for file, but not signed. No personal contact.

During that time 6 hospital beds were picked up at Peace. (our men and those picking up all wearing masks)

Families served during shutdown:
March 50 (March 16-31)
April 49
May 70

Reopened June 1: (2 to 3 truck runs only and only if absolutely couldn’t pick up
or drop off at Peace)

Families served after reopening:
June 249

Total families served January 1 thru June 30, 2020 – 1158
(Approximately 1690 during same time in 2019)

2020 Coordinator Volunteer Hours
January 1 through March 12: (11 weeks-open) 275 hours
March 12 – April 30: (7 weeks) (shut down) 84 hours
May: (shut down) 48 hours
June (partially open) (4 weeks) 100 hours

Total volunteer hours January – June 2020 507 hours

Important Fact! Beginning last fall, we added a volunteer helper each weekday morning to help get equipment marked and out for pick-up, getting small equipment ready for truck runs, spray dropped off equipment and move inside for scrubbing, legs back on cleaned equipment, check equipment for needed repair, etc. (cut coordinator weekday morning hours at the church in half!)

*All Other Helping Hands Ministry Volunteers
(Coordinator hours not included in figures below)

Approximate hours given by other volunteers in the ministry:
• Scrubbers (6 ladies/4 scrub a week) 3 to 3 ½ hours each = 12 to 14 hours weekly
• Call receivers (5 persons each week) 4-5 hours weekly = 20 – 25 hours weekly
• Weekday morning helpers (5 persons each week) 2 – 2 ½ each = 10 – 12 ½ hours weekly
• Repair small equipment. 2-3 hours weekly
• Truck Drivers (2 drivers each day/5 days each week) 5 – 7 hours each = 50-70 hours weekly
• Cleaning beds, mattresses, lifts -& bed repair – 5 1/2-6 1/2 hours weekly
• Office staff – unknown

Average weekly hours by other volunteers:
(at least 5 truck runs a week)
Volunteers weekly hours: 99 ½ to 131

Average annual other volunteer hours (49 weeks): 4875 ½ to 6,419

REOPENING INFORMATION GUIDELINES
Reopened partially, June 1 and planning to continue to the end of 2020 or
until vaccine is developed, approved and distributed
• Pick up at church encouraged by all equipment requests
• Drop off at church encouraged by all equipment donations and returns; all sprayed with Selectrocide before taking into building
• Everything outside for pickup – no paperwork (to avoid spreading of virus)
• Hospital beds – encouraged to pick up at Peace
• Call receivers get calls each day
• Scrubbers began Monday cleaning June 1 (wear masks/social distancing – no more than 4 each Monday) (Cleaned June 1 & 2 to catch up then each Monday)
• Truck Runs:
o Pick up equipment including hospital beds that could be left on porch, driveway, in garage, etc.
o Only going inside homes to set up or repair hospital beds when they had no family to assist putting together, or to pick up as needed.
o Drivers wear masks and gloves/people in homes wear mask and observe distance guidelines
o Equipment sprayed with Selectrocide (which kills the virus) when picked up and when dropped off before going inside church buildings
o Half of our drivers are not comfortable going out on runs or into homes, so truck delivery/pickup limited.

Summited by Elaine Housley Director for Linda Hottle

Southwest Chapter 136 – Eastern Missouri Council

Comforting Crafts Projects – Eastern Missouri Council

Delivery of Pioneer Crafts to Mercy Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center

In keeping with the requirements associated with COVID-19, the following donations made by the following volunteers, our May delivery was delayed. Through special arrangements, the deliveries were made on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

MERCY

10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Annette Ravens)
5- Flannel Blankets -Rehabilitation Department (Annette Ravens)
1- Crocheted Baby Afghan (Dottie Dunker)
2- Crocheted Adult Shawls (Laura Shively)
10- Crocheted Baby Hats (Phyllis Huddleston and Maryann Reitz)
10- Hug -a- Pillows (Paula Fox)
10- Palm Toys (Pat Hawkins and Paula Fox)

MISSOURI BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER

10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Annette Ravens)
5- Flannel Blankets- Pediatric Department (Annette Ravens)
10- Incubator Pad Covers (Paula Fox)
1- Crocheted Baby Afghan (Dottie Dunker)
10- Crocheted Baby Hats (Phyllis Huddleston and Maryann Reitz)
15- Mother/Baby Scent Pads (Paula Fox)
10- Hug -a- Pillows (Paula Fox)
10- Palm Toys (Pat Hawkins and Paula Fox)

It is our pleasure to donate these items to provide in our small way, some additional comfort to your patients.

A special thank you to Sara Funaiola and Susan Smith for making arrangements for the deliveries.

Paula Fox
New Outlook Pioneers
Comforting Crafts Coordinator
706-669-0857

Submitted by council president Judy Herbst for Paula Fox Project Coordinator

Western Electric TPA Pioneers Handbook 1983

FOREWORD

The booklet is published to acquaint you more fully with the Cornhusker Chapter of Telephone Pioneers.

The first Pioneer Club formed in 1957 and became affiliated with the Yost Chapter of Northwestern Bell. As the membership grew they became a council named Arthur B. Goetze in 1959 under the Yost Chapter. In 1978, with 1,872 members, the council petitioned the Association to become a chapter. In June of 1978 the chapter was granted and became the Cornhusker Chapter. The Pioneers remained a chapter under AT&T. Lucent Technologies reorganized the Pioneers and they were given the name Heartland Council of the New Outlook Region. When the Omaha Works was spun off to Avaya they quit supporting the Pioneer organization. At that time the Omaha Works became a self sponsored Pioneer group with no financial support which brings us to today.

Southwest Chapter 136 – Eastern Missouri Council

Comforting Crafts Project

The Eastern Missouri Council provides calming and comfort to adults, teens, pre-teens, toddlers and babies who are patients at Mercy Hospital, 615 S. Ballas Rd.; Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 3015 N. Ballas Rd. and SSM Health/ St. Joseph’s Hospital, 300 Medical Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri.

In keeping with the requirements associated with COVID -19, the following donations made by the following volunteers, our April delivery was delayed. Through special arrangements, the deliveries were made on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

MERCY

10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Toni Forth)
5- Flannel Blankets – Rehabilitation Department (Donna Sturgess)
1- Crocheted Baby Afghan (Dottie Dunker)
2- Crocheted Adult Shawls (Laura Shively)
10- Crocheted Baby Hats ( Phyllis Huddleston and Maryann Reitz)
10- Hug-a-Pillows (Paula Fox)
10- Palm Toys ( Pat Hawkins and Paula Fox)

MISSOURI BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER

10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Charlotte Stevens)
5- Flannel Blankets- Pediatric Department
10- Incubator Pad Covers (Paula Fox)
1- Crocheted Baby Afghan (Dottie Dunker)
10- Crocheted Baby Hats ( Phyllis Huddleston and Maryann Reitz)
15- Mother/Baby Scent Pads (Paula Fox)
10- Hug-a-Pillows (Paula Fox)
10- Palm Toys (Pat Hawkins and Paula Fox)

It is our pleasure to donate these items to provide, in our small way, some additional comfort to your patients.

A special thank you to Sarah Funaiola and Susan Smith for making arrangements for the deliveries.

Paula Fox
New Outlook Pioneers
Comforting Crafts Coordinator
706-669-0857
pmfox2003@yahoo.com

Submitted by president Judy Herbst for Paula Fox Project Coordinator