Pilot International was founded and chartered in 1921 in Macon Georgia. The name "Pilot" was inspired by the mighty pilots of that day who represented leadership and guide, and on the principles of Friendship and Service. Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Miami Shores, Florida, The Pilot Club of Nassau received its Charter in 1974 and currently has a membership of over sixty dedicated members, and one remaining Charter member, Frances Ledee. We also have one honorary member, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Former Governor General. The Bahamas became a District in 2004 of which we are a proud member. The District is made up of five (5) clubs. Pilot Club of Nassau, Pilot Club of Freeport, Pilot Club of Abaco, Pilot Club of Lucaya and Sunshine Pilot Club. Our primary objective is working with the disabled and those affected by brain-related disorders and disabilities. For forty six years we have been visible in charitable work. Since 1974, our members have been answering the needs in the community through various worthwhile projects, such as conducting health and women seminars, volunteering at hospitals and schools for children with special needs, working with senior citizens in nursing homes, sponsoring annual scholarships to the College of the Bahamas and hosting the Thanks for the Memories Ball and the Ebony Fashion Show. Our members' has heightened the awareness of bicycle and road safety for pre-school children through the use of our very successful Brain Minders Program.
We have worked directly with the Drug Rehabilitation Program, Princess Margaret Special Care Baby Unit, Sandilands Out Patients Ward, Bahamas Association for the Disabled, The Cancer Society, The Red Cross, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Drug Action Service, Girls and Boys Industrial Schools, Bahamas Family Planning Association, BASH, Ranfurly Home for Children, Children Emergency Hostel, Elizabeth Estate Children's Home, Tynes Home, Elder Butler Mission, Sutten Street Home, R.E.A.C.H, Unity House, and The Persis Home for the Aged, just to name a few.
The Pilot Club of Nassau continues to reach the community by providing soup kitchens for various churches and the public at large. Profits realized from our fundraising efforts go directly toward helping others in our society Youth development is of great importance to us. We work very closely with the youth of the nation through the establishment of Anchor Clubs in schools, which is the junior arm of Pilot International. Through this program, Pilots provide service and leadership opportunities for young people in their schools and communities.
Additionally, we endeavor to positively impact the lives of individuals who care for others. We try to uplift and show appreciation to these caregivers by providing needed service or small gifts to brighten their day. This Program is known as "Pick Me Ups".
Our mandate continues as we give service to our Community by Doing More, Caring More and Being More
The Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau (SPC) was chartered on 14th June 2009. The SPC was formed as a result of two existing clubs in the Bahamas District combining their efforts. The Downtown Pilot Club and the Luncheon Pilot Club felt a need to join in order to build strength and create partnerships which would allow the new club to better serve the community. In the presence of the Pilot International President Deborah Archer, a member of the Pilot Club of Lucaya, the SPC was chartered with 34 members. The vision of the SPC is for continued strength and renewed commitment with a spirit of friendship and service. The club on May 2019 celebrated 10 years of friendship and service with a Past Presidents Dinner. The Sunshine Pilot club is made up of professional business women from all parts of the community. Ranging from working fulltime to retired persons of diverse fields such as education, banking, religion and social work. The club meets monthly and after conducting the business meeting involving club affairs, dinner and the program part of the meeting takes place. Program meetings have ranged from speakers on topics of brain-related disorders, motivational speakers and on maintaining good health. When the club goes out to provide service to the community we assist the elderly, teenagers at risk and educate primary school students on brain safety. We also assist local charities such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army in their fundraising activities.