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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

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.

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 www.newoutlookpioneers.net .  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 http://www.pioneersvolunteer.org/  and that should be the same anywhere else. 

If you need the Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC) forms you begin with http://www.pioneersvolunteer.org/ 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

New Frontier Ch. 137 Heartland Council (8255) Council Officers

Bob Wolkins president of Heartland Council of New Frontier Ch. 137 submitted a council roster for 2020. This is information for the region and for others that would look to contact different members in the council. The roster is to make it easier to contact the officers in our council or one of our project leaders. Bob is also chair of the Davao City project and founder and past president of Jacob’s House International, Inc.

Submitted by President Bob Wolkins

You can view the council roster by clicking on this link.

A Jacob’s House and Heartland Pioneers Face Mask Project

Face Masks for Davao City
Bud and Jo Jo decided to take all the material scraps left over from the
“Clothes for the Children” project and make face masks for the poor villagers.

Last week, the government ordered all citizens to wear masks when venturing outside during the month-long lockdown. Most all of the very poor do not have facemasks.

As of April 4th, the Philippines has reported 3,246 COVID-19 cases with 152 deaths. The main island of Luzon which is 120 miles from Davao City has been under lockdown since March 16th, while local authorities in other provinces have imposed their own set of restrictions.

Mayor Sara Duterte has placed all of Davao City under “community quarantine” amid the growing number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

In her Executive Order No. 1 issued on March 15, Duterte said the local government here should take “aggressive and proactive” measures, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to rise.

You may click on this link to view the Face Mask Project

Update on the Davao City Face Mask Project

Submitted by Bob Wolkins President of Heartland Council

A Jacob’s House and Heartland Pioneers Project


Davao City Philippines
A Jacobs House and Heartland Council Project

The purpose of the Davao City project is to try to lift these kids out of poverty. The only way to do this is to educate them. This is what we are trying to do. We have, however, found out in the past 4 years, that the children learn very little when they are starving. These children are lucky if they get one meal per day. That meal consists of a small cup of cooked rice, not the kind of meals that American kids get. They do not know what it is to have 3 full meals each day and are very thankful and lucky if they get a single cup of rice per day, not per meal.

As for the kids, we spend 3 days per week in this squatters village teaching the kids. We concentrate on English and Math. We also teach them how to put others ahead of themselves, in other words to serve others. After all, this is what Pioneers do.

The front yard you saw in the photo is also their school house. No desks, no floor, no rulers, no pencils and NO anything else. They sit on the ground or mud, depending on the weather each day they are in class. This is not conducive to learning. When the lockdown from the Virus is over, we will provide folding tables and chairs for the kids as well as some teaching aids to help further their learning experience.

You may click on this link to view the Davao City Project

Submitted by Bob Wolkins President of Heartland Council

Hug A Bears Given To The Lincoln Police Force

Last year Helen Lloyd lived in South Carolina via California. Then her and her daughter moved to Lincoln, NE. In the process of the moves she brought a project with her. Helen was making some Hug A Bears when she was an officer in the pioneers located in California. Helen had some bears made and sewed but she need some filler and a few other items to finish the bears she had.

The Heartland council had a meeting with director Elaine Housley at the Omaha Hug A Bear work site located at the Maple Ridge Retirement Center on 5 November 2019. Helen came up from Lincoln and met with Elaine at our meet and greet meeting with Elaine. Helen was the treasurer for the New Frontier Chapter and told all that she would like to finish the Bears she had brought with her to Lincoln. She talked with chair Steve Dawkins and he sent her home with some supplies to finish her bears.

Elaine finished the Hug A Bears and donated all of them to the Lincoln police department to give to children in the Lincoln area. The Lincoln police took a picture of Helen and her bears and posted it to their Facebook page. They thanked Helen and told her how much they appreciated the bears.

Project submitted for Helen by president Bob Wolkins

Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence

Hospice House is a not-for-profit organization, and relies on the generosity of the community. We cherish those who give generously of their time, talent, and treasure. It is because of their unwavering commitment and selfless support that we can open our doors to whomever needs our services, even when they have limited resources.

The Josie Harper Residence provides comfortable end-of-life care, on-going support for families, and community-wide educational outreach. We are a unique partnership between Omaha’s expert healthcare leaders and through generous support from the community.

Nurse Heidi on the left, our niece, made Sandy in the middle aware of some to the special needs that the nurses need at the hospice house for the patients. With that in mind Sandy decided to see if she could help out and buy some of the items that the nurses need to provide for their patients.

Sandy and her husband went shopping for the items the nurses need and to date have donated 14 cans of shaving cream, 8 baby powders, 15 bottles of hand lotion, 16 bottles of shampoo, 16 bottles of conditioner, 34 bottles of body wash, and our dentist donated two boxes of tooth brushes (24 per box). The supplies have been delivered and donated in the name of the Heartland Pioneer Council of chapter 137.

Hospice House Newsletter v30 Issue 1 January 2020