Anchor, youth development and leadership, clubs chartered at Vinemont and Holly Pond

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Peggy Harris

CULLMAN COUNTY – Holly Pond and Vinemont High Schools recently chartered Anchor Clubs, under the leadership of the Pilot Club of Cullman, joining more than 8,000 Anchor members across the world. Pilot Club leaders recruit youth members through the establishment of Anchor Clubs in local middle and high school public and private systems. As a part of Pilot International, Cullman Pilots provide financial and hands-on support for initiatives focusing on Anchor Clubs (Youth Development & Leadership), Brain Safety and Fitness and Caring for Families in Times of Need. Youth Development & Leadership is a primary focus area which teaches youth how to lead with a service minded heart to “do more, care more and be more” with in-school activities and projects. Anchor Clubs provide training in leadership skills, becoming better citizens, developing integrity and responsibility and identifying needs of others.  Developing these skills will improve opportunities for scholarships, college and careers.

The Pilot Club of Cullman is the local sponsoring organization for Anchor Clubs. Prospective Anchor Advisors or members may contact Rebecca Branch, president, at 256-734-7557 to receive assistance in organizing a club in middle or high schools.   For additional information visit the website

Vinemont High School Anchor Club Charter Service

Anchor officers – Paige Thompson, president; Hillary Holcombe, vice president; Catch Johnson, treasurer; Ivy Preiss, secretary; Tammy Whittle, advisor.

Members – Shelbie Albritten, Sandra Beltran, Baylee Jennings, Taylor McDonale, Sydney Dodson, Brillitizi Palacios, Kinlee Puckett, Zoie Pair, Christy Perales, Mahala Bennifield, Desiree Phillips, Allison Powe, Abby Jennings, Bailey Preiss, Kalli Shurtleff, Zoey Dunn, Charlotte Blackwell, Kim Terry, Heidi Palacios, Sadie McDonald, Destiny Ray. Also attending and participating in the ceremony were Alabama District Pilot International Officers:  Sherry Long (Decatur) – Governor, Beverly Wilkerson (Cullman) – Governor Elect, Suzanne Kendra (Guntersville) – Anchor Coordinator; The Pilot Club of Cullman: Rebecca Branch – President, Doris Rusk – Anchor Coordinator, Maylys Ross – Anchor Sponsor, and Martha Beeler.

Holly Pond High School Anchor Club Charter Service

(Pictured at top) Left to right: Karlie Baker, Anchor Club advisor; Lili Harris, media reporter; Tess Duke, Dawson Foust, president; Tori Partridge, secretary, Korey Butler, Trevor Shoemaker, vice president, Kara Hollis, Michael Lambert and Abrey Norman. 

Other members – Korey Lee Butler, Zach Nalor, Maddie Folds, Kyle Sellers, Molley Gambril, Hailey Crumbley, Makayley Whitfield, Kirsten Campbell, McKinley Garrett, Abrey Norman, Sophie Slaten, Olovia Benefield, Sydni Benefield, Griffin Morris, Caitlyn Patterson, Colton Patterson, Michael Lambert, Kara Hollis, Elizabeth Miller, Tess Duke.

Also attending and participating in the ceremony were Alabama District, Pilot International, officers – Sherry Long (Decatur), governor; Beverly Wilkerson (Cullman), governor elect; Kay Chandler (Decatur), treasurer; The Pilot Club of Cullman – Nan Auston, president elect; Doris Rusk, Anchor coordinator, club sponsor; and Kristy Mickle.