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According to their Web site, "Pilot International is an innovative volunteer service organization that does more than just have meetings and provide networking opportunities with friends and associates. Pilot members take an active part in making communities a better place to live ... today and tomorrow. The service focus of Pilot International is brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injuries, developmental, emotional, and mental disabilities."

There is also a foundation, the Pilot International Foundation, that supports Emergency Response Projects, research, and scholarship programs. Some of this support is in the form of matching grants.

Headquartered in Macon, GA, there are currently over 10,000 members in established clubs, in at least five countries. Locally, we have the Pilot Club of Tallahassee, Inc, although their Web site doesn't seem to be up to date. From the site:
The Pilot Club of Tallahassee is a part of Pilot International, a worldwide service organization founded in 1921. The Tallahassee club was chartered in 1935 and is still going strong.

Pilot derives its name from the riverboat pilots who were able to steer a "true course" around obstacles and challenging conditions.

The mission of Pilot International is to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the world.

The Pilot Club of Tallahassee spearheads efforts in the arenas of brain disorders, not limited to, but including, Alzheimer's disease. Many of our projects help to aid and fund research of this debilitating enemy. In addition to Alzheimer's projects, we also actively educate young children how to protect their brain through a puppet show program known as BrainMinders®. We work in the local community supporting Gretchen Everhart School, and the Salvation Army Sharing Tree, among other venues.

In addition, the Pilot Club of Tallahassee sponsors Anchor Clubs in 3 local schools: Leon High School, Maclay School, and Chiles High School.

Brain Minders is the signature project for Pilot International [and is] focused on traumatic brain injury and brain disorders. The project encompasses a public service campaign designed to promote brain awareness; prevention education programs for children and adults; workshop and speakers bureau materials; a partnership with Project Lifesaver, a tracking program; and support for brain-related programs. The award-winning BrainMinders™ programs feature safety tips for children and are presented by Pilot Clubs around the world.

To find a Pilot Club near you, visit the Pilot International site, click on "Pilot" for a drop-down menu, and then click on "Find a club."

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