Pilot recognizes community leaders at annual awards

Margaret Herring, right, received the Leadership Award for continuing the Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings at Scotland Memorial Hospital. She is pictured here with club member Debbie Neverve.

Nancy Richter, far left, was named Pilot of the Year. She is pictured here with club president Amy Inniss, left, and club member Linda Simmons.

Noran Sanford, third from left, received the Community Service Award for his work with growingchange.org. He is pictured with project participants Cody Oxendine and Terrence Smith and club member Linda Troutman.

LAURINBURG — The Pilot Club of Laurinburg held its annual Awards Night on May 28 at First Baptist Church, with 45 members and guests present.

Noran Sanford of growingchange.org was the guest speaker and also the recipient of the club’s Community Service Award. Cody Oxendine and Terrence Smith shared their life stories, giving credit to Sanford and the program for making a difference in their lives. Once in the criminal justice system, both are now attending community college with a 4.0 grade point average.

The Pilot of The Year Award went to Nancy Reichner, coordinator of our Brainminder Project, which teaches elementary school children how to protect their brains.

The Leadership Award went to Margaret Herring, coordinator of our Alzheimer Support Group. After the death of Gillie Edwards, Herring continued the monthly meetings held each month at Scotland Memorial Hospital.

The Anchor Scholarship went to Patricia Jones, president of the Anchor Club. She was recognized by Pilot President Amy Inniss.

North Laurinburg Elementary School exceptional children teachers Laquasia Cousar, Catherine Pinkston and Diane Boyd presented a short video showing how they used money received through the club’s Adopt-A-School program. Joy Lindey, an exceptional children teacher from Carver Middle School presented a short video showing how funds were used to establish a Life Skill Lab.

A grant from Pilot International helped purchase a Smart Board for exceptional children classrooms.

Janie Adams, director of Scotland County Literacy Council, thanked the club for help in purchasing a much-needed computer for council.

Local media was also recognized for their coverage of Pilot projects throughout the year.