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Hooks & Needles Pioneers Delivery


Betty Golmanavich has been a member of the Hooks & Needles group since her and Jerry transferred to the Omaha Works with the closing of the Baltimore Works in the mid eighties. Betty and a group of about 20 ladies are still making items for charities in the metro area. Last week Betty gathered up the 70 kitty blankets she had made to deliver to the Nebraska Human Society. Her husband Jerry took her there after dinner where they met Pam Wiese that accepted the kitty blankets and thanked her for the donation. Jerry was the photographer


Submitted by Jerry and Betty Golmanavich

Cozy Wraps Update of Needs For Lydia House

Earlier this week after Carolyn previously had told the ladies that knit with her of the need at Lydia House of the Open Door Mission, her friends told her they had more items for her to pickup and deliver to Lydia House. Carolyn and Bob picked the new items up and then loaded the SUV and headed to deliver the new items. When they arrived at Lydia House, Gwynne, the Development Associate, came out to meet them and accept the baby items. Gwynne told Carolyn how much they were needed and thanked her and Heartland Pioneers for the donated items.

Submitted by Carolyn and Bob Wolkins

Josie Harper Hospice House



During the early part of December Sandy shopped for personal hygiene products of need for the Josie Harper Hospice House. After purchasing the needed items of Creamy Body Lotion, Ocean Breeze Shampoo, Cherry Blossom Shampoo, Ocean Breeze Body Wash, Smoothing Body Lotion, Hypoallergenic Baby Powder, St. Ives Rose and Argon Oil Smoothing Body Lotion, Shaving Cream and Creamy Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter & Shea. It was time to arrange a time to deliver the items.

Sandy called the Josie Harper office and made an appointment to deliver the of personal hygiene products she had purchased. She was told that December 22, 2020 after lunch would be a good time to stop over. Meeting us outside of the Hospice House to unload the SUV were Heidi LPN, Elizabeth volunteer assistant, Lisa Development Director and Sandy. We were told that they were going to distribute the donation all over Hospice House, filling up the personal care rooms and fully stocking the closets.

Submitted By Sandy Viner

CARE Bears, Stuff Animals and Christmas Bags Project

Helen Loyd and her daughter Sherry Lynn Riddle were pioneers in the Western Horizon Council of New Frontier Chapter in California. Almost two years ago they relocated to Lincoln, NE and connected with the Heartland Council in Omaha, Ne. They found that there was a need to help children in Lincoln that wasn’t being met. There were many retired pioneers in Lincoln that worked at the Omaha Works and they soon had made a connection with many of them to help them with the new project

They decided the new project in Lincoln would be called Care Bears of Lincoln and work with the Heartland Council Pioneers of Omaha. The project would connect with Police Trauma Unit, the Cedar Home for Children, Homeless Children, Local Hospital and Fire and Rescue Units. The first thing they did was make some bears for the children, then got retirees, friends and neighbors to donate stuffed animal for children. The Cedar Home for Children told them that the children in their care didn’t have anything to put there belonging in when the came to the home so Helen and Sherry Lynn made tote bags for the children.

Helen Loyd and Sherry Lynn Riddle made 100 CARE Bears, over 300 hundred stuff animals, and 200 cotton hand bags which were picked up by a Lincoln, NE Police representative on October 15, 2020. They are donated to be used by the Santa Cops for the Children Christmas party.


Submitted by Helen Loyd and Sherry Lynn Riddle

Cozy Wraps For Lydia House (ODM)

After Carolyn delivered what she and her friends had purchased and knitted the last couple of months and delivered to Risen Son in Council Bluffs and Lydia House at the Open Door Mission. Carolyn and her friends got busy and knitted up some more items this time just for the Lydia House at the Open Door Mission. Pat, Dixie, Sharon and Carolyn enjoy knitting and making items for others. This time the four ladies crocheted some cocoons, baby blankets and baby hat. Jessica at receiving accepted the items made by Heartland Pioneer volunteers for the Open Door Mission and thanked them for the donations. She said the items were in need at the Lydia House of the ODM right now just before New Years Day.

On Sunday afternoon, January 3, Bob and Carolyn picked up some more crocheted baby cocoons from Pat. They then went over to Dixie’s to pick up more baby blankets that Dixie and her mother Sharon had made after Christmas. With the need at Lydia House of the Open Door Mission all of recent items they collected were deliver to them on Monday.

Submitted By Carolyn Wolkins

Hooks/Needles and Covid-19 in 2020

This year has been very difficult for the Hooks and Needles group coping with the covid-19 virus and not being able to meet once a month. The ladies in the group continue to make many different items to be donated to different organizations in the metro to help the needy. The chair of the group stated they still has over 20 members in the knitting group and plan to continue on making items for those in need.

The leader of the group said that being able to not hold their monthly meetings and turn in their items they have been working on for delivery. They held a vote and decided each of the ladies would delivering their completed items to the charties when they have a number of items ready to deliver. Nancy Domina’s husband took a picture of her when she delivered 126 scarves to the Salvation Army on December 8th. After the deliver she stopped by Betty Golmanavich’s and picked up a new supply of yarn to continue making more items.

Submitted By Nancy Domina

Cozy Wraps

Carolyn Wolkins has been kntting for many years and delivering her work to the Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, IA. and Lydia House at the Open Door Mission. Carolyn also has four ladies from church that knit with her and contribute to the items during the year for donation. The Risen Son Offers Assisted Living, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Continuing Care Communities, and Memory Care. Lydia House at ODM provides emergency and transitional services for single women & families in need of assistance. Food, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs are provided.

This December Carolyn delivered a combination of handmade fleece blankets, purchased fleece blankets and hand knitted and crocheted items purchased and knitted the last coupole of months. Eleven fleece blankets were delivered to Risen Son in Council Bluffs a few days ago. She was told the blankets will used for Christmas gifts. Bob and she then delivered the pastels and prints to Lydia House along with knitted and crocheted items. Risen Son and Lydia House were both happy and appreciative. The contact at Lydia House (Open Door Mission) told her they have 75 newborns each year and 150 older kids in residence so the fleece blankets will be perfect for the older ones.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins

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.