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Bahamas District

The Formation Of The Bahamas District

“Radiating Everyday Miracles Through Pilot” was the theme in 1998-1999 for the incoming President of the Pilot Club of Nassau Ethelyn Morley, who had a dream and as a part of her acceptance speech she stated and I quote: “I have a dream and when I dream in color… the Pilot Club of Nassau will set sail and move toward the next level – the District level.” And she saw her dream being realized as the seven clubs in The Bahamas moved rapidly towards having the required number of members needed to become a District.

In 2002 -2003 Past President Ethelyn was installed as Governor of the COED (Clubs of Evolving Districts) and this pushed plans to another level of action.

On Saturday September 7, 2002, at Super Club Breezes Resort, the first formal meeting to form the district was held. With the help of the then Past Governor of the Georgia District, Pat Jarvis who attended this meeting along with all the Past Presidents and executive board members from The Pilot Club of Nassau, The Luncheon Pilot Club, and The Downtown Pilot Club Information was shared and strategies developed to go forward with the plans.

After several other meetings this resulted in a mini convention being held in Abaco. The main focus of this meeting was to brainstorm for the startup of The Bahamas District.

As a result on January 27, 2003 a letter was written to the then President of the Pilot International, Jeannie Parson and signed by COED Governor Ethelyn advising that The Bahamas had met the requirements, (200 members and 7 Clubs) to form a District. The date for the formation of the district was set for the year 2004- 2005. She requested this be placed on the agenda for the next executive committee meeting.

On February 27, 2003 a response was received from the Pilot International President Jeannie that the executive committee met. However, the policy for information of a new district was amended to require a minimum of 300 members and 10 clubs. On March 6, 2003 COED Governor Ethelyn responded informing of our great disappointment of the sudden amendment to the district policy, as members having been informed of the intention to form the district, were ready and excited to move forward with the formation of the District. She requested that the committee revisit this decision and implement the policy change after we became a District. On March 15, 2003 a response was received from International President Jeannie stating that we should move forward with plans to form the District in 2004-2005. This resulted with the team of COED Governor Ethelyn, who was nearing the end of her term, and incoming COED Governor Rita Spriggs burning the midnight oil to make this dream a reality.

A four member team comprising Governor Ethelyn, Governor Elect Rita, incoming Governor Katrina Cartwright and COED Secretary Claudine worked tirelessly over the next few months to make this dream a reality. May 2004 saw the dream realized when Katrina Cartwright was installed as the chartered Bahamas District Governor at the Super Clubs Breezes. This was a grand occasion. The celebration was continued in Jacksonville at the International Convection and was a historic moment for all Pilots. Loretta Parris was Governor Elect and the second Governor of The Bahamas District.

Governor: Tiffany Glass

Club: Pilot Club of Nassau

Email Address: tranquiltg@gmail.com

Favorite inspirational quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens

What do you enjoy the most about being a Pilot: The camaraderie and being of service

Governor Elect: Karen Ferguson Bain

Club: Pilot Club of Lucaya

Email Address: karenfergusonbain@gmail.com

Favorite inspirational quote: Your attitude determines your altitude

What do you enjoy the most about being a Pilot: The sold bond of friendship

Secretary: Dorian Cox

Club: Sunshine Pilot Club

Email Address: dcox7153@gmail.com

Favorite inspirational quote: Trust in the lord with all your heart……..in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path

What do you enjoy the most about being a Pilot: Service, helping others, friendship, network with pilots,

Treasurer: Asenath Cartwright

Club: Pilot Club of Nassau

Email Address: asenathcartwright@hotmail.com

Favorite inspirational quote: The serenity prayer

What do you enjoy the most about being a Pilot: Friendship and service

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New Providence

1. Pilot Club of Nassau

2. The Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau

Grand Bahama

1. Pilot Club of Lucaya

2. Pilot Club of Freeport

Abaco

1. Pilot Club of Abaco

Pilot International

Pilot International was chartered on October 18, 1921 in Macon, Georgia, U.S.A. by Elizabeth Leonard and forty local businesswomen. The name “Pilot” was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of that day who represented leadership and guidance.

Pilot Principles: Friendship and Service
Motto: “True Course Ever”
Colors: Green (life and vigor) and Gold (sincerity of purpose)
Emblem: A riverboat pilot’s wheel with eight spokes
First Pilot President: Lucy B. Allen, elected at the organization’s first convention in 1922.

The first issue of The Pilot Log was published in January 1924. Early issues were single page bulletins containing club news. Pearl Sparks, author of the Pilot Code of Ethics, once served as editor of The Pilot Log (1927-28).

Pearl Sparks of Florence, Alabama wrote the Pilot Code of Ethics. It was first presented in 1926 at the 5th Annual PI Convention held in Montgomery, Alabama with 69 Pilots attending.

In 1929, Pilot organized its first club west of the Mississippi, the Pilot Club of El Paso, Texas. In 1932 the 22nd Pilot Club was organized in Juarez, Mexico, making Pilot a true “international” organization.

Ruby Newhall, President of Pilot International in 1949, first envisioned Anchor Clubs, Pilot’s youth service organization arm.
By 1954 the number of Pilot members had increased to 9,900. Membership hit an all time high of 20,877 in 1985.
Pilot International Foundation (now the Pilot International Founders Fund) was established in 1975 to further Pilot’s humanitarian efforts. Since the Pilot International Founders Fund grant program began in 1977, nearly 1,500 grants totaling more than $1.5 million have been disbursed to Pilot Clubs.

2020-2021 Pilot International Executive leadership

PRESIDENT- Peggy Benton South- Carolina

PRESIDENT Elect- Collett Cross- Mississippi

VICE PRESIDENT- Rhona Baca Espinoza- Southwestern

TREASURER- Lisa Patterson- Alabama

SECRETARY- Holly Baker- Midwest

DIRECTOR- Barbara Crow- Louisiana

DIRECTOR- Sherry Bath- Tennessee

DIRECTOR- Joseph Cunningham- South Carolina

DIRECTOR- Susan Kahl- New York