Do More. Care More. Be More.

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

Pilot International's focus is on: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
Mission: To influence positive change in communities throughout the world

  • preparing youth and young adults for service
  • encouraging brain safety and health
  • supporting those who care for others

Pilot International projects include:

  • Donating an ambulance to the Red Cross for use in England during WW II (1940)
  • Adopting a five-year project to rebuild the war-torn French village of Vimoutiers, Orne, France, which was accidentally bombed by allied troops (1949)
  • Feeding 80,000 hungry Alaskan and Japanese citizens through the “Meals for Millions” program (1959)
  • Sponsoring Project HOPE by equipping and maintaining the medical ship’s pediatric ward (1965-66)
  • Contributing $10,000 to establish cancer research laboratories at the Salk Institute (1967-68)
  • Establishing elementary schools in Guatemala (1968)
  • Contributing $200,000 within a two-year period to the United Cerebral Palsy Association (1985-87)
  • Founding Project: WOMANPOWER, a joint CARE/Pilot project which provided financial aid to cottage industries owned by women in Peru (1987-1992)
  • Contributing nearly $240,000 within a two-year period to pediatric AIDS research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (1988-1990)
  • BrainMindersTM—”Protecting Your Brain for Life” is Pilot International’s award-winning signature project introduced at the Denver Convention in 2001. Over four hundred clubs applied for in-kind grants. In the seven years since the introduction over 560,000 books have been distributed to the clubs and evaluations have been received.