Marion Pilot Club
CITIZEN OF THE MONTH – SELECTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOGGETT: Council Member Juanita Doggett selected the Citizen of the Month for October:
Pilot Club of Marion
Council Member Doggett advised that it was her privilege to present the Pilot Club of Marion as the Citizen of the Month for October 2017.
Council Member Doggett stated that October is Pilot Share Month. This is the month that the Club does their membership drive. Therefore, she wanted to recognize the Pilot Club as Citizen of the Month.
Council Member Doggett stated that the Marion Pilot Club was chartered in 1972. The Pilot Club was founded for professional women, and also includes men, with the focus of the Club being brain related issues. Council Member Doggett reported that the Club has reached out to help its neighbors in the McDowell Community and beyond. The local club touches lives in the city, county, the state and the nation. For example, the Pilot Club of Marion has purchased and donated supplies for local schools. The Club has donated necessary items to help local teachers do a better job of instructing children. The Club also helps the good people and staff at Foothills Industries by having a quarterly party that the workers look forward to with each time the Club members come in bearing cookies, and other treats. Council Member Doggett said that the Club works alongside the McDowell County Sherriff’s Office on Project Lifesaver. This ongoing project has provided necessary equipment to help locate people with varying degrees of impairment who otherwise could have been out of their element for days.
Council Member Doggett advised another ongoing project with the Club is the Vial of Life. The Club is working with Marion Pharmacy and McDowell Emergency Medical Services so that the elderly and homebound can get the help they need in an emergency. These vials contain a person’s medical conditions and medicines they take every day, making it possible for the EMS staff to get the vial and go to the hospital with all the information needed to properly treat a person. Council Member Doggett reported that the Club also focuses on educating the public about brain related injuries and disorders. Another ongoing project is Surfer’s Healing in Wrightsville Beach, NC. This program sponsors children with autism. The program seeks to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.
Council Member Doggett stated that, every year at Christmastime, the Pilot Club holds a tree-lighting ceremony on the Courthouse lawn. The club receives donations to dedicate the lights on the large Christmas Tree on the lawn in honor or memory of a loved one dealing with or having dealt with a brain related issue. Monies made from these donations go to support the work of the Club.
Council Member Doggett said that the Pilot Club likes to say that “they are a small club with a big heart,” and she couldn’t agree with them more. Council Member Doggett thanked the Pilot Club members for their service and recognized each member present for this recognition as being the Citizen of the Month for the City of Marion for October.
Mayor Little and Council Members all shared kind words about the Pilot Club and its members and congratulated those present on being selected as Citizen of the Month.