1)  Girls in the Game Summer Camp  —  Since 1995, Girls in the Game Summer Camp has supported 45,000 girls in forming healthy habits, building self-confidence and developing skills that will benefit them now and in the future.  Last year, they served 3,800 girls ages 7 to 18, primarily girls of color from low-income backgrounds.  Girls in the Game Leadership Summer Camp brings girls across Chicago together to experience new sports and learn about healthy lifestyles.  They state that “our partnership with Telecom Pioneers guarantees that more girls make healthy choices now, and grow into happy, healthy and strong young women”.  Our Club’s involvement in this program is a $2,500 yearly donation.
Please note that a more detailed article about this project is attached.  
Project Leader:  Fred Salomon     Email:  fred_Salomon@hotmail.com      Phone:  630-853-5042 (cell)

2)  Girls in the Game Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC)  —  At the Cook County (Chicago) JTDC, Girls in the Game provides programs to all girls while they reside in the Detention facility to help them transition back into society.  They learn skills in various sports, fitness activities and health topics ranging from body image and smart eating to stress and proper coping mechanisms.  Some of their goals are to increase positive social onnection,
leadership skills, greater use of non-violent conflict resolution and aluation of self-worth. 
During FY18 they served 53 girls.  Our Club’s involvement in this program is a $1,500 yearly donation.  Please note that a more detailed article about this project is attached.     
Project Leader:  Fred Salomon     Email:  fred_Salomon@hotmail.com
 Phone:  630-853-5042  (cell)

3)  Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project  —  has been making  TOT Trikes since 1986.  The trikes are assembled by an all-volunteer project team and are provided free if they are picked up in our TOT workshop in Naperville, IL.  Also, we will ship the trikes anywhere in the U.S., with shipping charges being paid by the individual or group requesting them.  We have been donating about 60 trikes per year.  The trikes are donated to children mainly through Physical Therapy clinics, hospitals, schools and Easter Seals
locations.  The trikes are fully assembled when picked up at our workshop, or shipped unassembled in two boxes; 1 containing the trike and 1 containing the add-on components.  The TOT is a modified safe tricycle designed for children with special needs (ages 2½ to 7 years) to
help improve their strength and enhance their physical therapies while allowing them the thrill of playing and interacting with other children.  The TOT’s are designed for children who have weak leg muscles but are unable to keep their feet on the pedals.  Our annual budget for this project ranges from $4,000 to $12,000 depending on when we have to purchase the 3 trike models and add-on-components.     

Please note:  We previously made a Hand Operated Tricycle (HOT), but that project was phased out about 17 years ago.       

The pedal-powered TOT Trike is available in three sizes:
                10 inch  for ages  1½ to 2½
                12   “     for ages  2½ to 5
                16   “     for ages  5 to 7
Add-on Components:
                Metal Back-Brace with Foam Back Support and Seat Belts
                Foot Holders on Pedals with Velcro Straps

We rely on word-of-mouth publicity and will honor a request from anyone with a demonstrated need when we receive a “Therapist Letter of recommendation” on a form that we provide.  The form can be downloaded from our website at:
                Click:  Pioneers, a Volunteer Network – Official Site
                   “      Take Action
                   “      Find a Chapter
                   “      New Outlook Pioneers
                Click:  TOT Request Form
                At bottom of page…
                Click:   2018 Pioneers Tricycle Request Form    09022018
                   “       OPEN                               Print the Form
We thank the many individuals and organizations who have made donations to support this project. 
Additional information may be obtained from:
                Gordon & Connie Hankins
                440 River Bluff Circle            (TOT Workshop location)
                Naperville, IL 60540
                                Phone:  630-355-7211  (home)
                                               630-841-4542  (cell)
                                Email:   ghankins99@aol.com
Please note that there is a detailed article about the TOT on the New Outlook Pioneers website entitled: “Therapy Oriented Tricycle helps physically challenged kids get active”.  
Project Leader:  Connie Hankins     Email:  cmhankins42@yahoo.com      Phone:  630-841-4542  (cell)

4)  Aurora School Support  —  For the Aurora (IL) School Support Project we purchase school supplies for needy students at the start of the School year and then purchase holiday gifts in November and December for the students.  Our yearly budget for this Project is $500. 
Project Leader: Francine Blackmond  Email: fblackmond@att.net
Phone: 630-264-1560 h 630-788-6043 c 

5)  Heartland Alliance Chicago  —  For the Heartland Alliance Project we purchase Back-to-School Supplies and holiday clothing and gifts for families identified as needy.  Our yearly budget for this Project is $1,000. 
Project Leader:  Fred Salomon     Email:  fred_Salomon@hotmail.com      Phone:  630-853-5042 (cell)

6)  Talking Books Project  —  The Talking Books Project for our Club involves receiving damaged or non-working talking books from the National Library Service (NLS), analyzing them for defects, making necessary repairs, testing them and shipping them back to the NLS for distribution to eligible users. 
We currently have three people working on the project, two Life Members and a volunteer from a local American Legion Post, who go into the Workshop once a week to make the repairs, test the books and prepare them for shipping.  During the past year they have transitioned from
repairing the analog Talking Books, that have been phased out by the NLS, to repairing the new digital Talking Books; and have been averaging around 40 repaired units per month.   There is a minimal budget for the project since the testing equipment, etc., is provided by the NLS.  For many years they have contracted with charitable institutions such as Telecom Pioneers to repair the units on a volunteer basis at no cost to the NLS.  Note:  The Talking Books are not available to the public from Telecom Pioneers.  They are easily accessed online from the NLS or phone 1-888-NLS-READ.           
Project Leader:  Larry Klausner       Email:  elk4552@att.net       Phone:  630-835-7332

7)  Hobby  —  The Hobby group has had multiple projects over the years such as sewing various items like lap robes, bibs, hats, blankets, etc., that are donated to local hospitals; and making teddy bears that were donated to hospitals, firefighters and police for distribution to traumatized children.  Currently they are sewing Easter Bags that are then filled with candy, etc., by a local LUNA WOC project group and delivered to an Indian Reservation in Arizona.  A minimal budget is required for some sewing materials and occasional repairs to sewing machines.       
Project Leaders:  Elsie Bitterman and Helen Ehlers      
Contact:  Club President  Mike Demyanovich
Email:  mik160@yahoo.com          Phone:  630-505-0784

8)  Food Drive  —  Several Pioneer Club members attend a monthly luncheon with a group of around 70 Bell Labs retirees where many bring cans, jars and boxes of non-perishable food that is donated to two local Food Pantries.  This project is in support of the Telecom Pioneers  “Dish-it-Up” campaign and YTD through October, 2018, we had donated 450 containers of food. 
Additionally, during 2018 our West Suburban Pioneer Club donated a check for $1,000 to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help the NIFB provide holiday meals to children, seniors and families in our community.    
Project Leaders:  Various, rotating.          Contact:  Club President Mike Demyanovich 
Email:  mik160@yahoo.com          Phone:  630-505-0784 

2018 Summer Camp

2018 Girls in the Game

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