Pioneers member benefit programs opportunity for your community, friends and family
Pioneers have a long-standing history of providing support in our communities. We do it through hands-on projects and by providing resources and opportunities to enhance one’s quality of life. In an effort to build on the support we provide, Pioneers are happy to announce that our Affinity Partnerships and discounts are now additional resources and benefits that you can offer to your community partners, organizations, family members and friends. We make a real difference in the communities we serve, and we want Pioneers’ benefits to make a difference as well. Every time someone uses a Pioneers Affinity Partner link, in addition to receiving a great discount, they are also helping the Pioneers retain those Affinity Partner relationships which assists with overall support of the organization. To start sharing, please reference the website or links below. Thank you for your continued support of Pioneers Affinity Partnerships.
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Pioneers Telecom Volunteers | Member Benefits | Partners Discounts
Pioneers get 35% off the first year of LifeLock
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Pioneers save $235+ each year on eye care and eyewear
Up to 25% off
Up to 25% off
Pioneers can save up to $500 per person* on seasonal offers
Pioneers discounted group rates
Average savings of 26%
Welcome – Orlando Employee Discounts
Pioneers can save up to 35% off their next vacation to Orlando
5% member discount and “Price Match Plus”
Life Line Screening
Special discounted flat group rate. 4 screenings for $135, plus osteo for $10 more
Pioneers can save up to 75% qualifying items
SCI – Neptune & Dignity
Pioneers receive an additional 10% off the standard pricing
Special Offer for Pioneers. Starting at $19.95/month.
Hear in America
Planning Kit Call: 1-800-616-8759
MetLife TakeAlong Dental – Dental Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance
Simply Affordable Insurance
7.5% off monthly fees
** Available to Canadian Pioneers
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Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Submitted by Administrator
This year Bobbie Hall and Jerry Dunbar led the J.D. Burlie Club Pioneers in this years Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down “Duffle Bag Drive” for Vets of Central Ohio. This year the Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down had a fundraiser to fill Duffle Bags for Veteran Men and Women. Each Duffle bag will be filled with items that will help Veterans wherever and however they live. They will have a mix of personal hygiene items, socks, and bedding. All will also have a box of Girl Scout cookies.
“Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to Veterans such as food, shelter, new clothing,VA health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services. Included in these services are housing, employment and substance abuse treatment, education and jobs. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated among local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the Veteran community.”
We are creating an opportunity to serve Veterans that best use existing community services and secure our use of funding from veteran focused organizations (i.e. VA, VOA, etc.). We will not be providing services to non-veterans or individuals without credentials. Prior to the Stand Down, we will work with local agencies to help veterans obtain credentials.
In align with our mission, we invite community service providers to offer needed services to our veterans. In this manner, our program will continue to meet the fluid needs of our Veterans in Central Ohio.
Submitted by Elaine Housley New Outlook Director
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
The Heartland Council had a food drive for the Salvation Army pantry connected with the Life Member Luncheon. After the luncheon was over with Bob and Carolyn Wolkins took NO Director Elaine Housley back to the airport they stopped and delivered the food to the SA food pantry.
Submitted by Gordy Viner
During our spring conference call president Bob Wolkins made a note about Heartland Council restarting our life member luncheons this coming summer. Elaine called him said she would like to know the date and was going to make arrangements to come out to Omaha and attend the LML.
The LML was set for July 29, 2021. Bob and Elaine discussed that since she would be flying out the day before that the council should have a meeting and supper to meet her and the officers could get to know her.
Bob made a reservation at Brother Sebastian’s for Wednesday evening of July 28, 2021. The officers had a meeting with Elaine before supper and after supper Elaine discussed her back ground and then opened it up to a question and answer session that was very informative. The New Outlook reorganization was the big topic of discussion.
Front Row L to R; Deb Grady, Judy Coffey, Elaine Housley, Virginia Fugger
Middle Row L to R; Gordy Viner, Sandy Viner, Joe Bonaiuto, Ray Fugger
Back Row L to R; Jerry Golmanavich, Betty Golmanavich, Bob Wolkins, Carolyn Wolkins, Steve Dawkins
Submitted by Gordy Viner
Life Member Luncheon are Back
The Pioneers Life Member Luncheons are back. We have a NEW location (German-American Society) NEW menu and a great PRICE. If you haven’t been for awhile now is a good time to come and visit with friends from work. We hope to see you July 29, 2021. The officers of the Heartland Council
Submitted by LML Chair Judy Coffey
The following projects can be done in a break room or lunch room to involve members and prospective members for a brief time frame. This could peak their interest to volunteer for another project in the future. It lets our members see Pioneers in action. You will need someone present to track participants for reporting time.
Pioneer Group purchases Scholastic books to be donated to local schools. Dictionaries may be used as well. Make labels to go inside stating “Donated By (your group) Pioneers”. Give the group website and provide a place for a comment and signature if desired. Ask Volunteers to place the labels in the books, sign the decal and pack the books for delivery. Volunteers may be allowed to take the books to a school of their choice if the Group chooses. Be sure all volunteer time and volunteer names are recorded including delivery time.
Pioneer Group purchases small American Flags to be given to deploying American Soldiers. Volunteers fold the flags then place them in a small plastic bag with a “thank you” note. After folding, flag will be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It can be carried in the Soldier’s chest pocket. For more information, see www.pocketflagproject.com.
Pioneer Group purchase or collect food items to be distributed to Food Banks, Homeless shelters, Schools, etc. Pioneers organize similar items together on a large table. Have volunteers take an empty box or basket and go around the table placing one of each item in the container. Have Volunteers fill all the containers and load them for delivery. Ask Volunteers if they would like to participate in the delivery. Be sure all volunteer time and names are recorded including delivery time.
Pioneer Groups print up 4×6 cards with the following: Pioneer Thank You Kit
Rubber Band You banded us together
Mints Volunteers are worth a mint
Gum Thanks for sticking with it
Toothpick To remind you to pick out the good in others
Pipe Cleaner To remind you to be flexible
Safety Pin To help you hold it all together
Penny For good luck and prosperity
Rose Petal To remind you to stop and smell the roses
Foam Piece Thanks for being a “foam‐ible” force
Bead Thanks for “beading” there
Pioneers gather all items and put them in separate bowls. As volunteers gather for a luncheon, they are given a baggie and told to place one of each item along with a card in each baggie.
Once all are seated, thank them for their participation, membership and Answering the Call of Those in Need in their communities.
Pioneer groups purchase or collect school supplies and backpacks. Place all like items together in groups on a large table or tables. Have volunteers take a backpack and place one item of each group in the backpack. Place completed backpack in a container for delivery. Then start with another backpack until all are filled. Ask volunteers to assist in loading the backpacks for delivery. Ask volunteers if any of them would like to assist with the delivery. Track all time and volunteer names including delivery time.
Pioneer Group purchase or collect toiletry items for distribution to shelters. Arrange like items on a large table or tables. Separate tables should be set up for men and women. Have volunteers take a container (bag, box, or etc.) and go around the table and place one of each item in the container. Place completed container in a delivery box. Then start with another container until completed. Ask volunteers to assist with loading the completed boxes for delivery. Ask volunteers if they would like to assist with delivery to the shelters. Track all time and volunteer names, including delivery time.
Pioneer Group collects used plastic shopping bags. Volunteers work with the bags to first cut them into plastic strips and then knit them into sleeping mats. Numerous instruction videos can be located by searching the internet for “sleeping mats for the homeless”.
Pioneer Group purchase or collect items to be placed in Christmas stockings as well as the stockings. Arrange like items on a large table or tables. Ask volunteers to take a stocking and
place one of each item in it. Place completed stocking in a delivery container. Start another stocking until all are completed. Ask volunteers to assist with loading the container for delivery. Ask volunteers if they would like to assist with the delivery. Track all time and volunteer names including delivery time.
Volunteers prepare bags with items to be given to Veterans. A Valentine card is signed by the volunteer and placed in each bag. The bags are taken to the veterans hospital or other location and given to the individuals.
This project is designed to help feed school age children who rely on school‐sponsored food programs for nourishing meals to get through the summer months. Volunteers are given a bag to fill along with a flyer. See attached example. Volunteers return the filled bag with requested items to the group coordinator. The coordinator arranges for delivery of the bags to the Local food bank or shelter.
These are projects that might draw out participants that have special interests. A few examples are:
We can’t afford to lose money holding a social but we don’t necessarily have to make money. Keep cost to a minimum.
These are items to consider as you plan projects and activities around getting more members involved.
These are just a few thoughts and we’re sure you have many more ideas. The key factor is to have fun. It brings out new participants and keeps them coming back.
Thanks for all you do in Pioneering.
Director Elaine Housley received the following from George by way of Grace:
I worked at Western Electric in Columbus Ohio for 11 years before moving to Ft Lauderdale and becoming an Installation/Repair Tech in 1973. Oh the good old days!!
Submitted by Director Elaine Housley
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