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November 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 New Vision Pioneers Hall Of Fame inductees who were recognized at the Pioneer Conference in Philadelphia, PA on November 2, 2013! This awards program was conceived to honor the “Best of the Best.” The Pioneers selected for this honor have generously provided many years of their time and talents to serving their communities.

Special thanks to the following people for another successful Hall of Fame banquet: Mary Lefebvre, Conference Chair, Diane Rodger, program/audio chair; Paul Redline, official photographer chair; Deb Foley, executive director- New Vision Pioneers.

                 Alexander Graham Bell Chapter #15
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Susan H Shaw became a Pioneer in 1991. She started out as a building rep promoting Pioneers and membership. She then volunteered as secretary for the Northern Virginia Council.
Susie volunteers at the Annual Domestic Violence Holiday party, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Beep Ball activities for the visually impaired. She collected food for local food banks as the building rep.
Susie mentored co-workers as building reps and volunteers for upcoming projects. She has signed up new Pioneer members at various work locations.
Susie continues to sell Kings Dominion and Hershey Park tickets for Pioneer days.
She received an Appreciation Award from the Northern Virginia Council for her support and volunteerism to the Pioneers.
Susie continues to assist the residents at the local nursing homes for an afternoon of Bingo games and helps serve the refreshments. She volunteered to help make blankets for the Military Fisher House at Walter Reed Hospital.
                W.J. Denver Chapter #20
Linda Winman

Linda Winman became a pioneer in 1984 and chaired several committees, currently serving as secretary of the Providence Club.
Linda volunteers at the American Heart Walk, Ronald McDonald and Cystic Fibrosis walks, either through running, collecting pledges or volunteering at a watering hole. She volunteered at the Special Needs Day in Rhode Island, helping the sixty special needs adults through their games and helped prepare their lunches. Linda could also be seen working at the bake, candle, book and Sue Sweets fundraising events held at her work location and painting Pioneer Playground Maps with fellow pioneers at schools in Rhode Island. She chaired and ran a very successful 50’s Dance to raise much needed funds for the council in order to complete their various community service projects.
Over the years Linda has not missed an opportunity to sort and pack food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas which are delivered to various hospitals, shelters and homes throughout Rhode Island. She helped prepare the monthly meals at Ronald McDonald House.
Linda is a reliable take charge person, just mention shopping and she’s off to fill teacher aid boxes, goody bags for Veterans week, and food for the Welcome Arnold Center.
Although many of the projects have changed, Linda is always ready to support pioneering and to do whatever is needed. When there was a shortage of volunteers at the 2012 Vice Presidents project at Camp Fuller, she quickly volunteered herself and her husband John for the planting and weeding project.
She received the Pioneer of the Year award as well as recognition awards from many of the organizations that she volunteered at.
Linda displays the ideal of pioneering and the objectives we strive to meet as a club through fellowship, community service and loyalty to pioneering.
Her proven leadership enables her club and chapter to be successful.
                Excelsior Chapter #98
Sally Spence

Sally Spence joined the Pioneers in 1987 and has been very active ever since. She held many positions with the Council and then in the Binghamton L/M Club. She became Club President and held the position for about 6 years before merging her Unit this year. Sally has worked on many Vice President and Chapter Projects over the years.
When it’s backpack time, Sally covers six counties to get the best deal on the backpacks and supplies. Her husband helps her fill and deliver them. She also collects and delivers necessary items for the Domestic Violence shelters in her area. She has helped with Pioneer Playground Maps and delivered Dictionaries and Scholastic books to almost every school in her area.
A couple years ago when the Binghamton area flooded, so did Sally’s home. That didn’t stop her from collecting items and bring them to shelters for other people.
Sally is very involved with the Hockey team in Binghamton and has helped underprivileged children get discount tickets to home games. She was involved in getting movie tickets for the Wyoming County Boys Home. At Christmas time she works with Toys for Tots and makes Christmas Stockings for children in her area.
Sally assists with our lottery two or three times a year to raise money for the clubs projects. She delivers Hug a Bears to the local Police and Fire Departments. Sally has helped clean the parks and rivers in her area and works on many military and elderly projects as well.
Sally doesn’t do all this because she is looking for a pat on the back, she does this because she is a dedicated Pioneer who is not willing to let those less fortunate go without.
                Genesee Chapter #37
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Linda Zeller, a Frontier retiree, served as Pioneer Rep, coordinating fundraising activities at Frontier Commons three to four times a year, scheduled various collections, educational projects and social events at our corporate location in Rochester, New York. She participated in member sign-ups at Frontier Commons, was a member of the Executive Committee and is a member of the Pioneer Life Member Executive Committee. She oversaw the collection of school supplies for our Partners in Education Project.
Linda chairs a committee of over fifty volunteers that assist the Rochester Red Wing Baseball Club staff at 24 to 26 games a year. She coordinates all the information from the Red Wings and assigns volunteers to particular jobs for all games. As the schedule changes, she will adjust the numbers of the group to insure all areas are covered. In 2012 over 1000 volunteer hours were accumulated. Linda has chaired this group since 1997 and never missed a game. Our baseball field is named Frontier Field and as Pioneers we are proud of our service to the Red Wings and the company. Our baseball team is community owned, Linda serves not just the Pioneers but the community as well.
Linda received the Pioneer of the Year award and was recognized by the Red Wing Baseball Club with an Achievement and Recognition award.
                Jasper N Keller Chapter #33
Betsi Dupont

There is a good reason for not many pictures of Betsi Dupont. She is always the one who was taking them for others it seemed! Not one to crave limelight, Betsi is more of a “what are we doing, when does it have to be done? And will we have fun?” kind of person. She is so much a helping hand to fellow members, other volunteers and groups it is hard to tell when her Pioneer motor shuts off!
No task is too small or insignificant to Betsi. From cleaning out the Pioneer storage room to handing out water in the Beach to Beacon race to showing up at the Maine’s Governor’s mansion for a thank you tea for the Read to ME project, all worthwhile in her mind.
Her personal favorite projects focused on education. She was the chair for several years on Verizon’s Seasons Reading campaign. That allowed her to become a literacy advocate for young people. Working with local elementary school educators, she introduced Project Connect to numerous classrooms, delivered many books from book drives, and received grant money to upgrade computer and reading rooms for both children and adults.
Fueled by her own love of reading, Betsi participated in many Scholastic book fairs sometimes at the register or organizing the areas to house the sales. She was the liaison to the Portland adult education board to bring books to many adult immigrants in the Portland area and also the local branch of Literacy Volunteers of America.
Betsi now has a new project she has taken to heart. Quite literally! A four year survivor of open heart surgery, Betsi has partnered the Keller Pioneers with Maine Medical Center, Turning Point Heart Health Program and Mended Hearts Inc. to be the “face” of the heart pillow project. “If I could bottle the smiles from the patients who receive one of our donated pillows there would be no energy crisis”!
Yes, Betsi is a true Pioneer with heart!
                L.H. Kinnard Chapter #7
Sue Epler

Sue Epler is a longtime standing pioneer member of the L H Kinnard Chapter officially becoming a Future Pioneer in 1978. She became very involved as an active Pioneer with the Reading Club heading up Pioneer activities and selling Pioneer merchandise in her office. Sue joined the ranks of Life Member upon her retirement in 2009. She remains very active today with both Chapter and Club activities.
Some of Sue’s many Pioneer achievements over the years include Chapter Lottery Chairperson 1995-present, and Chapter Secretary filling the seat on the board her mother Doris had for many years. Sue became Chapter President in 2007, again in 2011 and will start her 3rd term in 2014. Sue is also very involved with the Chapter Sports Jamboree as the Jamboree Secretary, Jamboree Ceremony/Guest Speaker Chairperson, Jamboree game announcer, former Jamboree Chairperson and former hostess to Jamboree Contestants.
Sue delivers Cancer Hats with Hugs to the Cancer Center at a local hospital. Sue introduced our Hug-a-Bears to the Emergency Department at the Reading Hospital where she works today and enjoys watching a child’s face light up when they are presented a Hug-a-Bear. To quote a young patient, “it’s the bestest thing I received all day”. Sue has also been involved in delivering dictionaries and books to local schools, Pioneer Playground Map painting and for the past few years reading to Kindergarten classes at local schools; the list goes on.
Sue received the Chapter Pioneer of the Month award, Pioneer Centennial award for Volunteer hours and numerous Community Service Certificates. She was honored to accept the Chapter Excellence Award for a backpack project she initiated in 2007 called “Living and Learning through Pioneers” where over 1,000 backpacks were filled and delivered to area schools and shelters.
Sue is very honored to be named as a Hall of Fame recipient, becoming a 2nd generation Hall of Fame recipient alongside her mother Doris.
                Liberty Bell Chapter #6
Linda Kane-Jones

Linda Kane-Jones has been a Pioneer since 1981. Currently, she is serving as 1st Vice President of Liberty Bell Chapter. She has effectively served in various leadership roles, as Chapter President/ Vice President/ Past President and Member at Large; Life Member Club President/ Vice President/ Past President and Member at Large. Also, as the Chapter’s Fundraising, Participation, Nominating and Membership Chairperson; Co-chair on the Fellowship Committee; and a Chatter Editor. As a member of Headquarters Council she served for several terms as President/ Vice President/ Past President, Member at Large and Council Secretary. In addition, she has served as the chairperson for the Domestic Abuse, Education/Literacy, Environmental, Membership, Fundraising, Social, Fellowship, and Nominating Committees.
Without hesitation Linda is always ready to support our community service projects. She has spearheaded Headquarters Council’s Education/Literacy Projects in providing over 2,700 Student Dictionaries and introducing Thinkfinity in the Philadelphia/ Delaware County Areas. She co-sponsored the provisioning of a new school library for Hope Partnership for Education. As our Domestic Abuse Chairperson, she has taken on the responsibility for the past five years of delivering over 10,000 donated paper supplies, house hold items, personal care items, baby supplies, bedding and specialized gifts to A Women’s Place. In addition, she coordinated the selection, purchase and delivery of needed flooring for the center through the Verizon Grant Program. She has assisted the disabled Veterans at the VA Medical Centers Living Center in playing Bingo; participated in Birthday celebrations and most important visiting with the Vets.
She has recruited new members and has sponsored several membership drives. With her vast knowledge of Pioneering, she has been a mentor to our incoming Council officers.
Watch out on the golf course, Linda is a demon, selling over $1,000 in chances for her Council and Chapter. Also, she initiated the Chapter’s first ‘Lottery Calendar’ Fundraiser.
                Maryland Chapter #44
Virginia Lane

Virginia Lane has been a Pioneer for 60 plus years. Residing on the Maryland Eastern Shore she is involved with many aspects of her community’s life. Virginia has been the President of the Lower Shore Life Member club for over 15 years.
She conducts monthly luncheon meetings and raffles off items and 50/50 tickets to raise money for those in need in her community. She collects non-perishable foods for distribution during the Christmas Holiday, and volunteers, monthly, at 3 schools (over 1,000 students) for “Students Under Construction” for the past 15-20 years.
She organized a committee to collect food for the Shelter for Abused Women. Virginia collected gently used clothing to the tune of 18 bags, 25 winter coats and 300 toys for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Crisfield, MD.
She and her fellow Life Members actively support nursing homes, organizing bingo games and visiting the residents. She is very active in her local VFW Auxiliary where she sells raffle tickets with the proceeds being used to benefit the children of deployed service people. She and other auxiliary members will hand out approximately 100 bags of school supplies to the children this year.
She and her fellow Life Members collect over 300 toys annually, as well as filled Christmas stockings which are given to the Salisbury City Police for them to distribute to needy children.
Whatever activity Virginia is associated with, she performs at her highest level. We are all in awe of her endless energy. For her, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN.
                McCully Downstate Chapter #81
Fran Fleeton

Fran as she is affectionately known; has been an active member of the Pioneers since 1978; over 36 years. Fran has always had a heart for volunteering, serving and helping people. She does this within the Pioneer organization as well as through her ministry work, community service work and through mentoring.
Fran has held several positions in the Pioneers while an active employee of Verizon, as well as after her retirement in 1992; chairing the scholarship committee, Chapter Participation and she chaired the registration committee at the Annual Sports Jamboree from its inception in 1990 and attended the event until its termination in 2011; she utilized Thinkfinity for training and mentoring.
Fran, since 2006, serves as the Chaplain for the McCully Downstate Chapter #81 and as President of the Plainfield/New Brunswick Life Member Club since 2010.
She has received numerous Community Service Awards which include the Trail Blazer Award from the CITE organization, Appreciation awards from the Community Oriented Fire Fighters organization, Woman of the Week award (with radio station WBLS) for her community service as a Pioneer volunteer; USA Presidents Award, the Greater Central Jersey Association for Clergy appreciation award and many more.
She is active with the American Cancer Society participating in the Annual Relay for Life each year in the Newark, New Jersey Chapter. She helped prepare over 100 dinners for the homeless at the YWCA in Plainfield during the Thanksgiving season. With all Fran does she can still find time to mentor current Council Presidents in the Pioneer Organization, as well as mentoring young people at the South Second Street Youth Center located in Plainfield, New Jersey. While mentoring the SSYC she also teaches acting classes, etiquette classes and cooking healthy meals classes.
Fran’s involvement with the Pioneers are many, however she is still working as a Community Trailblazer. Fran is in the process of opening the “Bread & Bread” Soup Kitchen in Plainfield. Her goal is to prepare a nutritious meal and distribute clothing to those in need. Shoes and clothing will be distributed to teens through The Teen Challenge Organization which takes in young adults with alcohol and drug problems.
                McCully Upstate Chapter #12
Albertha Shumpert

Albertha Shumpert began pioneering in 1968. She has held many leadership roles including Chapter and Council President, Membership/Fundraising Chairs, and Treasurer for the HEH LMC. Currently, Albertha is serving as the Junior Life Member Rep. and Fundraising Chair. She has formed, organized and/or participated in many projects including monthly bingo, building ramps, feeding the homeless, painting playground maps, flower and plant sales, lap blankets, heart pillows, and Be-My-Baby baskets, just to name a few.
As Chapter President, Albertha’s Fishing Rod project consisted of purchasing 100 fishing rods for inner-city children and taking them fishing at Echo Lake, in West Milford, New Jersey. They taught the children to set up the fishing rod, cast the line, and catch fish.
After Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina, Albertha rallied fellow pioneers to donate and deliver new clothing, furniture and toys. Their generous acts were captured on CBS’s 6pm news.
Albertha worked with the DMV to create the Telecom Pioneer license plate. Although challenging, over one thousand plates were sold and are still available today.
With retirement near, Albertha wrote letters to United Way, City Harvest, Food Banks and FEMA for aid to start a soup kitchen and food pantry at her church in New York City. In December 1996 they served 35 clients; they now serve over 250 clients; They serve hot meals, provide gently used clothing, and advise clients on food stamps and housing. Through grants and support they receive approximately $90,000.00 yearly for this project.
Albertha received the New York State Assembly Citation award for outstanding citizen in 2008. Albertha knows it’s better to give than receive and we should always be able to assist our fellow man and seek to soar to higher heights. She sincerely feels with the help of others like the pioneers our goals can always be accomplished.
                Mountain Valley Empire Chapter #97
Lynne B Strevell

Lynne B Strevell became a Pioneer in 1981. She served as President, Community Service chair, and Entertainment co-chair of the Troy Life Member Club, currently serving as Life Member Treasurer.
Lynne distributed dictionaries to Red Mill School for two years, delivers poinsettia plants to local nursing homes during the holiday season. She is also a participant in the PAL Toy Repair Project, working with the Albany Police Athletic league throughout the year to repair toys and get them ready for distribution at Christmas. Lynne creates Hug-A-Bears which are donated to police, fire and emergency departments to give to children in accidents or a traumatic situation, and heart pillows for distribution to those undergoing chest surgery.
She has participated in membership drives at various company locations. Lynne fundraises for the Troy Life Member club by planning bus trips to New York City and conducting raffles at club luncheons. She fundraised for ALS this past July. She chaired the volunteers at the local public broadcasting channel WHMT fundraisers.
Lynne received recognition from the Genet School for painting a Pioneer Playground MAP, certificates for being a Bingo and Alzheimer’s Walk volunteer at the Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home.
                Nova Five Chapter #5
Margie Walker

Margie Walker, a dedicated Pioneer for over 40 years is currently the “Community Service Chairperson” for the Nova 5 MA2 Life Member Club.
Margie’s many projects are inclusive of the Safe Horizon battered women’s shelter, a place where many families facing different types of violent behaviors and abuse go to survive another day. Most of these families arrive at the shelter with only the clothing on their backs. Margie, always the true pioneer, purchases and donates to these families the needed clothing, food and toiletries, helping these families transition from a position of crisis to confidence. She also dedicates her time and efforts to the “Street Work” program for runaway kids who have been abused. This program provides a hot meal, shower and a place to sleep. She makes a big difference in the lives of these young people.
Margie is committed to helping the homeless by visiting them at the “Urban Pathways” Antonio G. Olivieri Homeless Drop-In Center. For many years she has generously supported this center by bringing much needed articles for everyday living. Throughout the years she continues to make a difference in the fight against homelessness. Another homeless program is the Neighborhood Coalition For Shelter. This program is dedicated to helping the homeless men and women who, because of their mental illness and chemical dependency have challenges maintaining employment and living independently. The donations of personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies are always a blessing to them. She also visits the St. Bart Women’s Shelter and Unwed Mothers Centers. We cannot forget the Nursing homes, Mary Manning Walsh and the Greater Harlem Nursing home that Margie visits. Here she delivers, to the residents, the knitted lap robes made by the MA2 hobby club. These articles are used at the homes and also on residents’ outings.
Margie Walker, a Nova 5 pioneer in spirit and action is always available to give a helping hand to family, friends and her fellow pioneers. She is great Pioneer who never fails to exhibit what pioneering is all about and will no doubt continue to work tirelessly, leaving her legacy as a great pioneer throughout the communities she visits.
                 Old Dominion Chapter #43
Linda Dudley

Please allow me to introduce Linda Dudley to you as a true Hall of Famer. Linda has been a Pioneer for over 30 years and has worked diligently to help us become who we are today as a viable organization and contributor to society. She became a Future Pioneer after attaining ten years of service, and has served as Council President, Office Administrator and is in her third term as Chapter President.
Linda is a wonderful and busy daughter, Mother, and grandmother and still makes the time to support the Pioneers in all of our efforts, including volunteering at the Veterans Hospital, the Rescue Mission, participating in the painting of Pioneer Playground Maps, ordering dictionaries for school age children, and supporting and attending our annual King’s Dominion Fundraiser Day for the past twelve years. Even when she has faced tragic losses in her life she has managed to smile and ask “what can I do to help someone who needs me?” She keeps our Councils abreast of what is going on around Virginia and of relevant activities going on across the country.
As a result of her leadership, the Old Dominion Chapter received a National award for the largest membership increase, Linda also wrote and was awarded four grants.
Linda has received the Spirit of Service Award from Bell Atlantic and was the Virginia State Volunteer of the Year for Special Olympics.
Linda Dudley has been selected to represent the Old Dominion Chapter Telecom Pioneers due to her genuine love for and support of the Pioneers. She personifies everything the Pioneers stand for. In other words, Linda is pioneering.
                Paumanok Chapter #85
Phyllis Ahrens

Phyllis Ahrens has been a Pioneer since 1981, giving unselfishly of her time and talent in the true spirit of pioneering.
Over the years Phyllis has been involved in many activities such as walk-a-thons, collecting, packing and mailing items to our troops overseas, bingo and holiday parties at veteran and nursing homes. She is the project coordinator providing dictionaries, USA MAP rugs and scholastic books at Mother Goose readings to children on Long Island. Phyllis is instrumental in preparing, stuffing and mailing of the Chapter and her clubs calendar fundraiser which is Paumanok’s largest fundraiser.
Phyllis helps coordinate Pioneer Day Fundraisers and plant sales at various Verizon buildings which help fund the project that her club and the chapter take on each year. She has volunteered for over 20 years at the Annual Apple Festival fundraiser at the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.
She along with several of her club members received a citation and letter from President Obama for over 20 years of volunteering at the Lemon Street Soup Kitchen where she helps prepare and serve meals for those less fortunate.
When her club was faced with no one willing to take the presidency, Phyllis volunteered and recruited a full board, not surprising to anyone who knows her.
Phyllis may be very quiet and soft spoken but she is always there when needed offering assistance before being asked.
                Thomas Sherwin Chapter #14
Dan Carnali

Dan Carnali started pioneering around 1980. The Thomas Sherwin Chapter 14 has had the honor of his expertise as he has served as Vice President and President of both the Pilgrim Council and Thomas Sherwin Chapter. He is an initiator of the 911 Project, has led the way with Pioneer Playground Map paintings and USA rug maps, and is a large factor in making sure environmental projects have a positive impact on the preservation of our local and state beaches for both wildlife and humanity.
Throughout the years Dan has held recruitment days for bringing people into the world of pioneering. Those that have become active in pioneering have had Dan as a mentor and friend during their leadership and beyond. He has been a person to turn to for answers and guidance.
Fundraising is always an issue when Pioneering. Whether raising funds through T Shirt, hat and sweatshirt sales, or organizing a motorcycle raffle, Dan has stepped up and brought much needed funds to the Thomas Sherwin Chapter.
Dan has been recognized by the Bureau of Veterans Affairs for his 1200+ hours of volunteer service, received Certificates of Appreciation for fundraising from the Thomas Sherwin Chapter, and recognition for the Access Ramp build at Peggity Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts.
He ran the Brockton VA pizza and birthday parties for 20+ years. When Camp Lyndon, (YMCA Camp), needed a roof on their horse barn Dan coordinated the project through all kinds of weather, including some snow.
These are a few of the reasons that the Thomas Sherwin Chapter 14 holds Dan Carnali in high esteem.