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Pioneers Benefits Programs Now Open

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.

Laura Whitlock
Interim Executive Director
Pioneers, a volunteer network


Pioneers Telecom Volunteers | Member Benefits | Partners Discounts

Financial
LifeLock
https://www.lifelock.com/store?promocode=PIONEERSMEMBER
Pioneers get 35% off the first year of LifeLock

Insurance
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
https://www.vspdirect.com/pioneers/welcome
Pioneers save $235+ each year on eye care and eyewear

Travel
Avis**
https://www.avis.com/en/association/B291099
Up to 25% off

Budget**
https://www.budget.com/en/association/R198199
Up to 25% off

Collette
www.gocollette.com/pioneers
Pioneers can save up to $500 per person* on seasonal offers

Emergency Assistance
www.emergencyassistanceplus.com/TelecomPioneers
Pioneers discounted group rates

Hotel Engine**
www.hotelengine.com/join/piovol5
Average savings of 26%

Orlando Vacation
Welcome – Orlando Employee Discounts
Pioneers can save up to 35% off their next vacation to Orlando

TNT/Funjet
https://www.funjet.com/default.aspx?plcode=pioneers&gsvendor=TPV
5% member discount and “Price Match Plus”

Discounts
Life Line Screening

http://www.lifelinescreening.com/pioneers
Special discounted flat group rate. 4 screenings for $135, plus osteo for $10 more

Office Depot
http://officediscounts.org/pioneers/
Pioneers can save up to 75% qualifying items

SCI – Neptune & Dignity
http://www.neptunesociety.com/cremation-prices
Pioneers receive an additional 10% off the standard pricing
https://tp.dignitymemorial.com/

LifeStation
https://www.lifestation.com/pioneers/
Special Offer for Pioneers. Starting at $19.95/month.

Hear in America
http://www.hearinamerica.com/Pioneers
30%-70%

Legal Shield**
https://w3.legalshield.com/gs/init?grp=pvn   
Discounts vary
Long-Term Care 
Planning Kit Call: 1-800-616-8759
Discounts vary

MetLife Dental
MetLife TakeAlong Dental – Dental Insurance
Discounts vary

Nationwide Pet Insurance
TelecomPioneers (petinsurance.com)
Discounts vary

Simply Affordable Insurance
https://info.simplyaffordableinsurance.com/pioneers  
Discounts vary

SingleCare
 http://www.singlecare.com/pioneers
Discounts vary

Brookdale Communities
http://www.pioneersvolunteer.org/Pioneers/Members/Benefits_Details.aspx#/Brookdale
7.5% off monthly fees

Santa Tours**
www.incontra.com
 
** Available to Canadian Pioneers

5680 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 500
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Submitted by Administrator

JD Burlie Pioneers and the Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down

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

CROSSROADS CHAPTER 135 (8150) 2020 CLUB & CHAPTER OFFICERS

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.

You may view the roster by clicking on this link.

Submitted by Gordon Hankins President

Heartland Council Meets New Outlook Region Director Elaine Housley

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

Heartland Council To Resume Life Member Luncheons

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

Pioneering in New Territory: Ways to Volunteer from Home

Home Projects and Break Room/Lunch Room Projects

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.

  • PROJECT‐ BOOKS AND LABELS

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.

  • POCKET FLAGS FOR SOLDIERS

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.

  • FOOD DRIVES AND FOOD BASKETS

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 THANK YOU KITS

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.

  • STUFF BACKPACKS WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES

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.

  • HEALTH KITS FOR LOCAL SHELTERS

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.

  • HOMELESS MATS

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”.

  • STUFFING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

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.

  • VALENTINES FOR VETERANS

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.

  1. PIONEER FOOD PANTRY PROJECT

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.

Other projects‐

These are projects that might draw out participants that have special interests. A few examples are:

  1. Pioneer Playground Maps‐ Invite employees with children to help paint maps. Each volunteer works with their children.
  2. Help scouts earn badges through pioneer‐funded food donations.
  3. Nursing Home Bingo‐ Invite Pioneers to bring high school and college student s to participate and earn volunteer hours for school credit.
  4. CPR training‐can be set up thru the American Red Cross.
  5. Work with other groups (Letter Carriers Food Drive).
  6. Voter registration
  7. Partnership on projects with the CWA.
  8. Blood Drives held at work locations by working with the American Red Cross.
  9. Work with other employee groups.
  10. Set up cookie stations at work locations to say “thanks” for being a member.

Socials‐

We can’t afford to lose money holding a social but we don’t necessarily have to make money. Keep cost to a minimum.

  1. Life Members‐ Bring members together for an annual reunion. Have a very short program about projects completed and upcoming projects. Ask for volunteers. Invite partners, children and grandchildren of Pioneers to participate.
    1. Regular Members‐ Bring members together for an annual get together. Invite and plan theme around families. Short program about projects completed and upcoming projects. Ask for volunteers. Invite partners and children of pioneers to participate.

Other Thoughts‐

These are items to consider as you plan projects and activities around getting more members involved.

  1. Find out what members are interested in.
  2. Meet them where they are. You have to go to them, they won’t come to you.
  3. Remember, what you think is fun might be old and stodgy to others.
  4. Have projects on Saturdays and finish up by noon if possible.
  5. Design projects around the younger generation.
  6. Encourage Family participation.
  7. Engage upper managers when possible.
  8. Use social media to advertise events.
  9. Always say “thanks for volunteering”.

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.

Lucent / Nokia Chapter NRLN

ABOUT THE LRO & THE LUCENT CHAPTER

THE LUCENT RETIREES ORGANIZATION (LRO) was chartered in January 2003 in the state of New York. Its purpose is to address the interests of 127,000 individuals under the Lucent pension plan that embodies all Lucent and Bell Labs retirees, including those who retired when the company was known as Western Electric and/or AT&T Network Systems, plus subsidiaries such as Teletype and Sandia.   Western Electric — AT&T Network Systems Division — Lucent Technologies — Alcatel Lucent and NOW: NOKIA!! Throughout, the Lucent Retirees Organization — your LRO — has done its best to represent the interests of its retirees with whatever of the foregoing names. AND all retirees can be assured that the LRO will continue to make sure that company promises made to all of us are kept — no matter the latest corporate name or headquarters location!!”   And now we have teamed as a chapter of the National Retirees Legislative Network. The remaining Nokia issues of pensions, life and health care insurance increasingly require lobbying Congress for national solutions. Benefits, including pensions, life insurance, prescription drug costs, Social Security and Medicare are ongoing national issues that face Lucent / Nokia retirees and former Lucent employees who will retire from Nokia in the future and most if not all other NRLN association, chapter and individual members. These issues will impact our kids and grandkids in the future if our generation doesn’t address them now.   Your Chapter will continue the fight, with the support of two million other NRLN retirees and professional staff to lobby for legislation that will protect current and future retirees. The NRLN has the numbers, experience on Capitol Hill and the expertise to influence legislation. The LRO’s 17,000 retirees represents a powerful component of that force. Your active participation can make a difference.   Over the years over 17,000 retirees have been members, and over 13.000 are still active. Membership is open to current retirees with a Lucent pension, a person vested for a Lucent pension, or the spouse of any such retiree or vested person. JOIN US to receive email updates.

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