On March 25, 2022, volunteers from the John D. Burlie Pioneer Club escorted the elementary students from the Ohio State School for the Blind in Columbus on a field trip to the Aladdin Shrine Circus. The students were paired with adult volunteers who acted as their mentors for the day. Students who attend this school are blind or significantly visually impaired, so many of the children cannot actually see the performances.
However, the students and their chaperones were provided with headphones and a radio receiver so they could listen to an announcer describe the various circus acts and activities. This audio-described activity provides a unique educational opportunity by allowing the children to hear what they cannot see.
During intermission, additional Pioneer volunteers distributed free lunches to the students, staff and chaperones. The students look forward to this exciting and fun-filled educational opportunity, which first began by the Burlie Club 46 years ago.
Dear Volunteers of the John D. Burlie Pioneer Club,
Thank you so much for taking the students of the Ohio State School for the Blind to the circus. They always look forward to sitting together on the bus and visiting throughout the circus. The students appreciate having the audio-description through their headsets and getting to spend time with all of you. Thank you for taking the time to help them enjoy the circus!
Elementary Coordinator, OSSB
Submitted Cheryl Malone
Most organizations or committees like to hear back now and then from organization(s) that the donations are appreciated and they know that what they are doing is making is a difference. Over the course now and then thank you letters are sent to the committee or group thanking them for what they do. The pioneers receive thank you letters and pass them on to the committees or groups so they are aware their work was appreciated. Below are a few thank you letters that the New Outlook Pioneers have received recently.
Laura Whitlock, Executive Director, just announced that the Pioneer Headquarters new address is;
8547 East Arapahoe Road, Unit J-312
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Submitted by Elaine Housley, New Outlook Director
The Pioneer Organization and the New Outlook Region Pioneers want to take this time to thank Connie and Gordon Hankins for their leadership and volunteer hours devoted to this very special project for physical challenged children. From all of us in Pioneering we thank you for your 26 plus years leading this project.
West Suburban Pioneer Club hasn’t had Monthly Club Meetings since they were suspended in March, 2020 due to Covid-19. So, I’m going to review the results for 2021 to bring everyone up-to-date on the Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project.
Assembly and shipping of trikes went on as usual, with 7 being shipped out of state and 31 presented at our home workshop here in Naperville, IL. Those shipped out of state included 4 to CA and 1 each to OH, IN, and MN. Presented at our Workshop included 29 from IL and 1 each from IN and MN. All presentations were made in our garage or outside with everyone wearing face masks.
We had one major building event during 2021 with 10 volunteers building 25 TOT’s. We have been fortunate to have found a volunteer who is going to be taking over the TOT Project with Connie and I finally retiring after 26 enjoyable years of building trikes. Actually, I semi-retired 10 years ago with Connie taking over all responsibilities with me just helping out here and there.
The new Project Leader will be Elizabeth Bishop who lives in St. Charles, IL, only a half hour drive from us. She is retired and belongs to a bicycle club where she is hopeful of recruiting some volunteers. Our current volunteers will also be available. She will be using our current workshop for at least a year and possibly longer. She has been busy learning all aspects of the TOT project including assembly of back rests, foot containments and trikes. She is also getting familiar with the paperwork involving communication with clients, vouchering expenses/deposits, making presentations to TOT recipients, and preparing for the out-of-state shipping by FedX. She has applied for membership in the Pioneers. We are extremely happy to welcome her and to work with her as she serves the needs of our special needs children.
I would also like to announce that we will be working with a local teenager during 2022 to help him achieve Eagle Scout status. He will be the Project Leader of a group of volunteers, that he recruits, to build a quantity of trikes and raise funds for the project.
As I mentioned above, we shipped and presented 38 TOT’s during 2021. Our fund rasing for 2021 exceeded our expenses and the project is in excellent shape beginning our 2022 pioneer year. Our expenses were lower than normal because we had major expenses during 2020 for the TOT add-on components including foot containments and back-rest assemblies. During 2021 we reported 980 hours worked on the TOT Project. We are in good financial health and have not requested Grant money for several years. We are looking forward to the PAC getting us cut over from New Outlook Crossroads Chapter 135 to New Outlook East 160, hopefully during the first quarter of 2021.
Gordon: 630-355-7211 home email@example.com
Connie: 630-841 4542 cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth: 872-243-1177 cell email@example.com
Gordon Hankins, Secretary
West Suburban Pioneer Club
Creation of the 2022 New Outlook newsletter took a bit more time that expected this year since we wanted to include tentative dates for our volunteer activities and a full listing of local deaths in 2021.
Print copies went out in the mail today to those members that don’t have email addresses (copies were in black and white to keep our cost down). We have a little under 150 members without email.
Hopefully you’ll join us at John D Burlie luncheons and events in the future.
Please remember to track your volunteer hours done on your own since we are asked to report them to help Pioneers attract organizations to provide us benefits, etc.
If you need to update your email or have other questions, feel free to contact me.
Elaine A Housley, New Outlook Director
337 Glen Meadow Court
In Memory of those reported of their passing through 2021 of the Columbus Works to the John D. Burlie PIoneer Club.
Submitted by Jerry Dunbar, President/Treasurer, John D Burlie Club & Elaine Housley, Director, New Outlook Pioneers
Connie and Gordon Hankins hosted a Therapy Oriented Tricycles (TOT trikes) build November, 2021 in the basement of their home in Naperville, Illinois. The trikes are built and stored in their basement. When a request comes in for a TOT trike they then pack the trike from the inventory and delver it for shipping.
The group in this trike build consisted of 13 people: eight members of the Joliet Kiwanis as well two neighbors, Gordon and Connie Hankins and their daughter. After the days work and the completion of 20 TOT trikes the group was served homemade cookies, coffee and drinks with a job well done.
You can find out more information about the Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project here.
Submitted by Region Director Fred Salomon
The John D. Burlie Club of the Telecom Pioneers donated many items for veteran’s on Stand Down Day October 15 in Columbus, Ohio.
Left to right : Frank Juodvalkis, Elaine Housley, Karen Juodvalis, Jim Refinati and Bobbie Hall0 Refinati. All belong to American Legion #430 out of Bexley Ohio, but Elaine.
Stand Down are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to veterans. Stand Downs are typically one day events providing services to Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services. These include services such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.
Stand Down is a program that was conceived from the ground up specifically for Veterans. It is designed to transform the despair and immobility of into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health services and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets.
After over 25 years of hosting Stand Downs in Columbus Ohio, we have expanded our services to meet the needs of all Veterans. This is in response to the ever changing challenges facing our Veterans. All Veterans are welcomed to Central Ohio Veteran Stand Down held on Tuesday, October 15th!
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