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Sherri Lynn Dunik is honored as club Sweetheart


October 28, 2008

Sherri Lynn Dunik, the 2008-09 Sweetheart for the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh, is shown with club President Mollieann Gray. The club recognizes one of its members each year as Pilot International Foundation Sweetheart, an award based on the person's dedication to the club's service projects and activities.

The Pilot Club of Pittsburgh honored Sherri Lynn Dunik of South Side on October 18 by naming her the 2008-2009 Sweetheart.

Each year during the founder's month approximately 500 clubs around the world elect a Pilot Sweetheart and send in a donation in honor of the sweetheart to Pilot International Foundation.

Mrs. Dunik was elected this year based on her role as Projects Coordinator. While appointed as Projects Coordinator she has performed BrainMinders™ presentations, given many hours of service to the community, and participated in foundation fundraising. She leads monthly projects for the Emmaus Community, attends Variety Day Camp and has been the club's benefit chairwoman for the past two years.

 Along with her service to the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Dunik has volunteered in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years. From a candy striper at the age of 12 to helping at St. John Vianney's fish fry during lent this spring, she has worked with children, teens, seniors and her own peers.

She has been leader for two Cub Scout packs and a Boy Scout troop in the Greater Pittsburgh Council and was an active member in the Steel City District which covers the south hills communities from Mount Washington to Pleasant Hills.

Ms. Dunik has been involved in service projects throughout the years including, a volunteer CCD teacher in two parishes, the Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, area senior centers and the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. She received the St. Joan of Arc Medallion in 1993 for volunteering 100 hours in one year.

She has continued to be recognized for her efforts since then, including receiving the District Award of Merit in 2004 from the Greater Pittsburgh Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Through the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh she will participate in Make a Difference Day and will volunteer at the Emmaus Community House in South Side monthly. She is pursuing a WiiWIN grant from Pilot International Foundation to help with a local Senior Center. With community activism at its core, the club will adopt a local center and provide a Wii console and games to the center. In addition, she will volunteer to teach associates and seniors about the intricacies of Wii. While they are having fun playing games, seniors can improve their balance, hand-eye coordination, range of motion and gross motor skills.

Ms. Dunik is the lead BrainMinders™ presenter for the Pilot Club of Pittsburgh. Through BrainMinders™ she teaches from the cradle to the rocking chair Brain Safety and Brainfit activities. She will continue promoting the ‘Pay Smart – Play Safe' theme during Brain Awareness week by supporting the club's annual poster contest for children she started last year. BrainMinders™ include four stages, pre-school, grade-school, baby boomers, and seniors.

Pilots honored as Club Sweetheart are active in their assigned role within the club, promote and support the Foundation and its activities, are active in a project that exemplifies the brain-related service focus of the Foundation and are faithful in attending meetings and give generously of his/her time to assist with service projects and fund-raising activities.


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