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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

New Outlook Penn-Jersey Chapter 132 Refurbished Computer Project Update

Morris County Council for Young Children (MCCYC) worked with Habitat for Humanity and The New Outlook Pioneers Chapter 132 to bridge the Covid-19 learning gap by bringing refurbished laptops to the families. This is a MCCYC member with four children picking up laptop.

The Morris Club of Penn Jersey Chapter 132 of the New Outlook Pioneers is engaged in providing multimedia personal computers (PCs) to schools and community organizations throughout New Jersey.

The purpose of the computer donation program is to encourage and foster the learning of basic educational skills through the use of modern technology.

The PC donation program focuses on recycling computer equipment that is no longer needed by local businesses and making it available for educational purposes.

The process developed by the Pioneers includes the following activities: 1) Refurbish PCs and assemble PC components into systems, 2) Install educational software on the PCs (if the PCs are for preschools, 3) Deliver, setup and test the PCs at a community or school location and 4) Provide ongoing support for the donated PCs to solve any software or hardware problems that may be encountered.

Our community applicant base includes preschools, churches, handicapped individuals and the blind.

The software and educational games installed on the preschool PCs help develop basic learning skills, such as math, vocabulary, reading, language and problem solving. Using the software makes learning interesting and fun while helping to develop basic computer skills.

Windows and office software are installed on the other PCs along with screen-reading software (if the PCs or laptops are donated to blind individuals).

The program has been in place for since 1995. The New Outlook Pioneers have assembled and delivered over 7000 PC systems to date

You can read more about the program here.

This update to the program was submitted by chapter President Jim H. Heidler for Elisabeth

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

Charlene Hill Executive Director Pioneers Concerning COVID-19

March 12. 2020 Dear Pioneers,

Like many of you, we are concerned about the occurrence of the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus). We continue to closely monitor recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how the spread of this virus might impact the volunteer activities we engage in in our communities.

Many of our activities involve working with at-risk populations such as the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions. It is very important that you exercise strict adherence to the preventative actions recommended by the WHO and CDC when working with these populations. We have attached a copy of the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus.

Avoiding large gatherings of people is one of the recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus. This may mean postponing volunteer events in your communities. We encourage you to error on the side of caution when determining whether to hold or attend events.

As of today, the Pioneers Headquarters remain open for business. However, the governor of Colorado has declared a state of emergency as we have had reported cases of the virus in the region. Should Pioneers need to close the offices, we will communicate with you immediately and often about the status.

Please be safe and keep others safe. Yours in Pioneering,

Charlene Hill Executive Director

Click – Take steps to protect yourself

Southwest Chapter Eastern MO Pioneer Council St. Louis, MO

A Thank You Message to the Council

Email From Mercy Rehabilitation Resources After Delivery of Craft Items by the Council To:
Judy Carroll Herbst
3708 Hawks Rest Rd
Wildwood, Mo 63069
jcherbst@att.net
Home:636-458-3790
Cell:314-753-8988

Many thanks to all! Our patients very much appreciate these special items.Georgia Primo
Director of Human Resources
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital – St. Louis
14561 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Office: 314-881-4007 | Fax: 314-881-4188
gprimo@mrhsl.com

On Wednesday, February 26, the following craft items made by the following volunteers were delivered the following hospitals:
MERCY HOSPITAL

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

MISSOURI BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Charlotte Stevens)
10- Flannel Incubator Pad Covers (Paula Fox)
5- Flannel Blankets – Pediatric Department (Donna Sturgess and Toni Forth)
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 (Paula Fox, Pat Hawkins, and Shirley Sisson)

It is our pleasure to donate these items to provide some comfort and calming to your patients.
Regards,
Paula Fox
New Outlook Pioneers
Comforting Crafts Coordinator
Submitted by Judy Herbst for chair Paula Fox

Southwest Chapter Eastern MO Pioneer Council St. Louis, MO

Comforting Crafts Project

When I delivered our January Comforting Crafts Hug-a-Pillows and Palm Toys to Julie Campbell, the Lead Nurse in the Pediatrics Department at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, she shared with me a story about a 15-month old boy who was in their care who was watching a video on his I pad and she asked him who he was watching. He said Mickey Mouse so she went to get a palm toy and held it up to him, she asked him who that was and he said Mickey Mouse and reached out for it, his little hands opening and closing wanting the toy. She said the smile on his little face was unforgettable.
Submitted by Judy Herbst for chair Paula Fox

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

S0UTHWEST CHAPTER 136 – EASTERN MISSOURI Council

17th Annual New Outlook Pioneers Charity Golf Tournament

This year’s 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Links at Dardenne started out with several unforeseen challenges.  The rain had come that night and morning so fast and hard it created numerous road blockages, and backed up traffic issues.  By the time the tournament started however, everyone that had planned to come to the tournament was able to finally make it.

The challenges however did not stop there, since parts of the golf course became quickly flooded. Teams were now able to do cart paths only and play just eleven holes do the flooding.

Once the Tournament got underway all golfers kept a light hearted spirit and enjoyed the rest of the day.  

Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors, Co-worker sponsors, Donations and all of our generous golfers buying raffle tickets, Super tickets, 50/50 tickets and Silent Auction items the golf tournament ended up being a huge success and brought in over $5000.

The monies earned from this event play a huge role in allowing us to support our Charities in a way which brings us all pride, so we will quickly start planning for the 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in 2020.

A few random pictures from the golf outing


Article submitted by by Judy Herbst for Pat Hawkins Project Chair