The Battlefield Pilot Club looking for ideas and new members

The Battlefield Pilot Club looking for ideas and new members

April 18th, 2012 Timara Frassrand in Walker

Front from left are current secretary Kay Cooke, of Flintstone; treasurer Patsy Stickel, of Flintstone; and Betty Geary, of Rossville. Back from left are president Judy Vendrick, of Flintstone; Brenda Noblitt, of Flintstone; Patricia Cooke, of Chickamauga; and Barbara German, of Rossville. Photo by Timara Frassrand

The Battlefield Pilot Club has been around for 25 years and while a lot of people have heard of them, most don't know what they do, said club president Judy Vendrick.

"If we can get the word out we can connect with others," she said.

The Battlefield Pilot Club focuses on brain related disorders and disabilities throughout Walker and Catoosa counties. Up until recently, the club's major fundraiser, a pageant in partnership with the Chickamauga Lions Club at Down Home Days, has aided support to local projects and programs that assist brain disorders and diseases in the community. But that fundraiser is no more.

"We've had a hard time," Vendrick said. "It's a big loss for us this year."

Other fundraising efforts include a Christmas Tour of Homes and a local political forum prior to major elections.

Belk Charity Day

Battlefield Pilot Club is selling tickets to Belk Charity Day events to be held April 21 from 6-10 a.m. Participating charities raise money by selling tickets for $5 each, which entitles purchasers to attend a private four-hour sale featuring 20-70 percent off rarely discounted brands storewide. Tickets can be used at any Belk store. The first 100 customers in each store will receive a free Belk gift card ranging from $5 to $1,000. For more information about the Battlefield Pilot Club and its brain-related service focuses in Walker and Catoosa counties, contact club president Judy Vendrick at 423-994-5525 or battlefieldpilot@comcast.net.

Currently the club's 13 members, who hail from Chickamauga, Flintstone, Fort Oglethorpe and Rossville, are voting on new officers for the upcoming year. The Battlefield Pilot Club is looking for more members and invites individuals interested to contact Judy Vendrick about their upcoming meeting May 3 at the Hutcheson Hospital Board Room.

"Our pilot years runs from July 1 to July 1 and now is a great time of the year to find people to help us, whether we partner with them or join a fundraiser," said Vendrick.

In the next month the club will plan work service projects and fundraising ideas for the year.

"What we have to keep in mind is we don't have the hands to do massive projects, but we hope to find people to give us options we don't know about and work together," Vendrick said.