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Placemat Community Service project at Group meeting
During our Making placematsVFFT Group meeting on June 9-10 in Alexandria, VA. we participated in a community service project making placemats. This was a new first time project for many of the chapter leaders. We have provided easy to follow instructions below;
How to Make Placemats
Placemats can be made from old or new greeting cards and given to nursing homes. You can make them in a theme, such as Christmas, or birds, or flowers, etc. Take greeting cards and cut out pictures in either a circle or any other shape. Using an inexpensive plastic placemat as a template, place cut out pictures on the placemat. Be sure to place the pictures so they overlap without any space in between. Then take clear laminate and place over the pictures. The laminate can be found at WalMart with shelf paper. Once the laminate is on the pictures and holding all of them in place, remove them from the placemat template. Turn them over, and then cover the backside with a patterned laminate or shelf paper. You can now cut around the edges to follow the shape of the pictures (such as circles) or cut in an oval or square to match the original template. Don’t forget to put a label on the back that says they are made by Pioneers.
If you have any questions, call Nancy Karpovich, LH Kinnard Chapter at 570-829-2033 or cell 570-407-1345 or email
pictured l to r: Steve Kohn, June Weakley, Jim Dowd


Photo credit: Paul Redline
Paumanok Chapter places flags for Memorial Day

As is the tradition of The Paumanok Chapter #85, Babylon, New York on May 26th Pioneer Volunteers including life members and active employees visited the Calverton National Cemetary to place American Flags on the headstones of our Deceased Military.
Thank you to Susan Adamski, Past President of the Paumanok Chapter who again spearheaded the project. This Chapter was responsible for sections 20 and 21.
We remember Freedom isn’t Free.


Photo credit: Denise Mirelli-Bradley


Sherwin Chapter Special Needs Event

  Special needs event
The Sherwin Chapter’s Special Needs event will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The Starting time is at 11:00 A.M. at Triangle 420 Pearl Street, Malden, MA.
This is a RAIN OR SHINE Event !
To volunteer to help or for additional information please contact Caroline Cook at 781-322-2165 or email



Kinnard Chapter’s Scranton Club donates Hug A Bears
Scranton Hug A Bears

Kinnard Chapter’s Scranton Club donates Hug A Bears to the Scranton Police Department’s “Teddy Bear Patrol”. Click here to view the newspaper article.

pictured l to r: Pioneers Florence Sadavskas, Judy Reese and Lt. Len Namiotka

Verizon West’s SuperMedia Pioneers donate Care Packages
VW Care Packages

SuperMedia’s Pioneer Club donated 30 Care Packages in April to the local Dallas area’s Genesis Women’s Shelter. Included in the bags was a towel, wash cloth, shampoo, soap, tissues and other basic toiletries and snacks.
The bags were met with great enthusiasm from the volunteers at the Genesis shelter.
The Pioneer Club looks forward to working with Genesis Women’s Shelter in the near future on the next project- Shoes That Fit!


Denver Chapter “Pioneers Pride Beads”

  Pioneer Pride Beads Military

Beads # 2, 3 & 4 of the Pioneers Pride Bead collection salutes our Military through the many Pioneer projects we do to support them. Operation Cookie Drop, Boxes from Home, Lap Blankets, Hospitalized Veterans Week, Walter Reid Hospital Cookouts, Homeless Veterans projects and so much more.
You will receive 3 Beads in this series. They represent the Red, White & Blue of our Flag. A Red & Blue glass bead flank a Swarovski crystal bead.
Over the year you will have an opportunity to add eight (8) beads to your collection which will highlight Military, Education, Hug-a-Bears, Domestic Violence Prevention and more.
Display your Pioneer Pride by starting your collection today. click here to view beads or order.

Richmond Council of Old Dominion Chapter Pioneers assemble toiletry bags
  packing toiletries

Richmond Council Pioneers received a donation of toiletries, a carfull, literally, from Freedom House last week. (Freedom House reintergrates homeless drug and alcohol addicted folks into jobs and independent living, has a 76% success rate). At our picnic, June 21, we assembled 189 toiletry bags, plus 9 boxes of assorted extras, gel packs, 5 foam coolers and 50 assorted sunscreen, bug spray and sunburn gel for Comfort Zone Camp, a breavement camp for kids.
Approximately 24 Pioneers assembled 189 personal bags in 25 minutes, a record job!
pictured l to r: Pioneers Jean Hepp, Phyllis Hancock, Mary Simons, Joyce Redford, Betty McLawhorn and Jackie Creech.
South Bay Club of Paumanok Chapter collects food items

  Food drive

The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Outreach in Roosevelt, LI, NY received 85 food items collected at the South Bay Life Member Club Spring Luncheon held at the Woodbury Country Club on June 21st.

pictured l to r are Pioneers Dominick and Dorothy Schiavone and Marge Khan, Director of the Parish Outreach.


Photo credit: Jim Rapp
Life Member Spotlight is on Nancy Karpovich


Nancy the Clown

Nancy Karpovich is a whirlwind- a blur of activity in the interest of so many in the community. She resides in Hanover Township, PA with her husband Tony, raised 4 children and has 9 grandchildren.
Upon employment with Bell of PA in 1971, Nancy began volunteering as a Future Pioneer, visiting and entertaining at nursing homes as a Kinnard Klown with the Wilkes-Barre Club under the L.H. Kinnard Chapter. Currently she holds a chair for the Kinnard Klowns and Food Stand at the annual Sports Jamboree at Fort Indiantown Gap. This event never fails to bring tears to her eyes when seeing the happy faces of the children who participate smiling back at her. Other clown events include the Diabetes Walk, the Lupus Walk, The American Cancer Society Duck Derby, the Children Service Association and The Cystic Fibrosis Walk. She makes balloon animals and often has her 2 granddaughters as assistant clowns at her side.
And yes – out of clown makeup, Nancy is still recognized at the Verizon Telecom Pioneer Wilkes-Barre Club’s monthly sing-a-long at the Plains Senior Center, distributing handmade placemats in the local nursing homes, tote bags to domestic violence shelters & backpacks for children at local agencies. Currently, she also serves as the Wilkes-Barre Club President and L.H. Kinnard #7 1st Vice President having previously served as Chapter Life Member Jr. and Sr.
click here to view more about Nancy Karpovich
Chrissy Desrosier, daughter of Denver Chapter’s Jane Desrosier teaches deaf
  Crissy Desrosier

Christine L. Derosier, daughter of Pioneer Jane Desrosier, is a teacher of the deaf, through Clarke Mainstream Services, at Woodland Academy. She was recently interviewed by T&G Staff/DAN GOULD.
This is your first year, and the program’s first year, at Woodland Academy.
What does it add to the city school system?
“Kids in Worcester did not have access to a program like this before. They would be sent to other districts or they would have services that weren’t always tailored specifically for a child with hearing loss. Our goal is really to keep them in the district, in their neighborhood schools, and we’re able to do that now. Our goal is that once they have a solid one or two years in preschool learning language, learning all those social skills that have to be directly taught, the subtleties of language that you would overhear, then our goal is for them to mainstream into kindergarten and first grade with their hearing peers, still with support from a teacher of the deaf but not as a separate classroom.”
What made you decide to become a teacher of the deaf? “One of my aunts is a speech language pathologist, and I always thought it sounded interesting. I realized (in college) that the teachers of the deaf, which was a job I never really knew about, had a little bit of speech involved in it, because they’re always working with kids with language, a little bit of the equipment and the listening, the audiology side of things, and the education piece, and I knew I wanted to work with kids, so that job just opened to up to me and seemed to have a little bit of everything I was interested in, all in one.” click here to view the rest of Chrissy’s interview.
Verizon West’s SuperMedia Pioneers make flower pots with children

  Volunteers at Scottish Rites Hospital

On May 17th, SuperMedia’s Pioneer Club had the wonderful opportunity to Visit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.
We took an arts and crafts idea to create with the children who were staying in the hospital. The craft project was a flower pot with pipe cleaner stems and felt flowers.
The children as well as parents and hospital volunteers had a great time being creative! It was a wonderful experience spending time with the children.
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Blue Ridge Council of the ODC Chapter receives thank you for Hug-A-Bear and surgery cap
Isabella and her Hug-A-Bear

This is a letter received from the a parent that wanted to say Thank you for the Hug-a-bear given to his child at a recent stay at a hospital. Thank you Blue Ridge Council of the Old Dominion Chapter -Verizon Pioneers.
Kevin told me that they had to take their 5 year old daughter, Isabella, to the Fauquier County Hospital this past weekend with a terrible cold developing into pneumonia. Isabella was miserable, but something made things so much more bearable. The hospital staff let her take her pick one of several handmade stuffed animals. Kevin was looking at the animal closely and noticed a tag, indicating that it was made and provided by the Telephone Pioneers. Kevin also recalled that when Isabella was born, the little knit cap given by the hospital was also made by the Telephone Pioneers. Kevin was moved and was asking for someone in the pioneers he could thank. He also has several photos of Isabella with her animal he would like to share with the Pioneers. If you are interested in making a bear or the other projects the Pioneers do please contact us at or call 800 423-3422

Thank you so much for the Stuffed Bear and Surgery Cap my daughter received at Fauquier Hospital on two different occasions. Isabella (My Daughter) still carries around her stuffed bear and has named it “Greenie”, and though she doesn’t carry around her surgery cap, she has it safely tucked away in her “Treasure Box”.
If it is not too much to ask could I get an address where you can be reached so that we may send you a thank you letter and some pictures. I think that what you are doing is a truly wonderful thing and you deserve to be thanked. When mentioning to Isabella that I was having my friend Bill, at the phone company, track down the person who made these for her she was elated that she might get the chance to thank you. Again, thank you; What you are doing is making an unpleasant visit to the hospital much happier for my daughter and surely other children as well.



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