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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

• 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”)

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

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

New Outlook Pioneers Region Contacts For Each Chapter

Many of the Region Officer pictured above attended the Pioneer Association Conference held in March 2019

During the executive board conference call on Thursday, May 7, 2020 a action item came up. It was decided it would be nice to have a list of chapter officers posted to the website to make it easy for others to find chapter contacts. A spreadsheet with a list of officers is now posted to the web. You may access the file by clicking on this link.

Another action item was discussed to make all the PAC forms available on the .  I have double checked and to be able to find and open all the forms you need to be signed in with the association website with a login and password to be able to open the link on the association website Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC).

If you need to be signed on the association website to open the link to (PAC) to get to the forms from them.  I don’t think we should put up a page with links to open the forms as you have to log in on the association web to open the link to the forms.  The general public shouldn’t be able to open and or copy the forms.  You need the authorization to be able access the forms at  and that should be the same anywhere else. 

If you need the Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC) forms you begin with then in the menu select Members, on the drop down menu click on the Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC) and login and enter your password and select the forms you need and download.  All officers should have a Pioneer Association login and password if you don’t you need to contact the Pioneers and get them.

Submitted by Region Webmaster

John D. Burlie Cub’s Christmas Party at Twin Valley Psychiatric Hospital

The John D Burlie Club’s Twin Valley Psychiatric Hospital Christmas party on 12/11/19 in Columbus. We had a DJ for dancing and provided soft drinks and appetizers for the residents.

The Burlie group has three events with this group annually to give their patients something different to look forward to and attend. There’s a corn roast during the summer, and a hot dog roast in the fall. Most of our attendees have been participating for 10+ years.

Santa is actually the grandson of Gary Bogart that started our tradition 50 years ago.

New Outlook Region Reorganization Coming Soon
The Pioneers New Outlook Region will soon be reorganzed from seven chapters down to two chapters. The two chapters will be New Outlook East Chapter # and New Outlook West Chapter #. It hasn’t been decided how many councils there will be or clubs. The final date of the reorganiztion hasn’t been established. It is moveing forward as fast as it can.

J.D. Burlie Club Crossroads Chapter 135 Working With GRIN

Gahanna Residents in Need

The Gahanna food pantry began in 1972 when Sarah and Jim Williams started the pantry in their own home. By 1978, Mifflin Presbyterian Church offered to house it for them.

The pantry officially became GRIN in 1999, with the support of the Gahanna Ministerial Association and Rotary under the leadership of Sally Williams and Reverend Roger Wagner from Mifflin Presbyterian.

Cheryl Malone a member of the John D. Burlie Pioneer Club regularly volunteers at GRIN (Gahanna Residents in Need), a local food pantry in central Ohio. Her volunteer responsibilities include shopping for the pantry to restock the shelves and helping clients select food for their families. The grocery shopping is done at our local Meijer store as part of their Meijer’s Gives Program.

Each month, the Burlie Club collects donations at out Luncheons to address food insecurity in our community. These donations are used to help local food pantries, including GRIN. This month, the Burlie Pioneers donated 150 boxes of cornbread mix, which will go into the Christmas food baskets being distributed to GRIN clients. We also plan to donate soups to the pantry after the December luncheon.

Submitted by Cheryl Malone


Recently I received a spreadsheet from Gordon Hankins presidnet Crossroads Chapter 135 updating some changes in their council roster. This is information for the Region and for others that would look to contact different members in the council. The council roster is information complied for an up to date record.

Please note that this is the current listing for 2019 and a new listing will be issued after the planned reorganziation is complete.

Gordon Hankins

You can click on this link to view the roster information.

TOT Radio Flyer “Smile Team”

The Radio Flyer “Smile Team” are employees of the corporation that do philanthropic projects.

Connie Hankins emailed me today and told me that on Friday, November 15 the Radio Flyer “Smile Team” made their annual visit to the home of the Hankins and TOT workshop in their basement.

Connie said, The Radio Flyer “Smile Team” has been coming to our workshop in our home, once a year for several years. When they were there on Friday the group brought 15 trikes with them and they assembled 20 trikes while there.

After the day was done They were treated to lunch for all their help. The group was make up of six wonderful young adults that participated in the work day. The group is supported by the Radio Flyer corporation and Connie said, “we are so grateful for their service to the T.O.T. project.

You can find out more information about the Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project here.