Beep Baseball World Series


The best blind and visually impaired athletes in the world will converge on Colorado this summer. Teams from cities across the country, Taiwan and Italy will be traveling to Aurora, Colorado to compete in the 28th annual World Series of Beep Baseball 2003 being held July 30th through August 2nd.

Beep baseballs were created by TelecomPioneers. A regulation size softball is cored out and a beeper is installed inside. The first game was played in Colorado Springs. We’re excited it is back in Colorado this year for the World Series. It is a modified game of baseball that uses a ball that beeps and bases that buzz. The National Beep Baseball Association is a non-profit charitable organization that was created to organize teams, leagues, tournaments, and standardizes the rules and provides officials.

Beep Baseball is played by athletes from the age of 18 to however long you want to play. Spectators who have witnessed a beep baseball game are amazed at the speed and agility of the players. To see a blind athletes dive into the ground to stop a beeping ball or run full speed toward the sound of a buzzing base to score a run is truly exciting and amazing.

To put on a tournament of this size will take many volunteers. If you would like to experience the fun and excitement of Beep Baseball and be a part of this exciting tournament please complete the attached volunteer registration form and be a part of a great event. Not only will the players appreciate it; you will have a lot of fun and will experience an event you’ll want to see over and over. There are many volunteer opportunities and we’re sure one that fits you. SIGN UP TODAY!!

Beep Baseball World Series 2003
Volunteers needed July 27 – August 2
Event site - Aurora Sports Complex – Tower & Colfax
Hotel Site – Red Lion Inn by Stapleton

Habitat for Humanity Builds
New Outlook Pioneers participate in Habitat for Humanity building projects in cities throughout the U. S.   These building projects are great opportunities for team building and for developing new skills.  Our volunteers work along side the perspective new home owner who is required to provide a certain number of hours of "sweat equity".   
Pioneer Hug-A-Bears
These lovable hand made bears are donated to emergency services personnel to comfort children who have experienced emotional trauma.  Groups of New Outlook Pioneers gather together in workshops to cut out the patterns, stuff the bears, sew the seams and decorate each bear by hand. Tens of thousands of Hug-A-Bears have been donated to police, fire, and EMT departments across the United States.  Officers often times find that a traumatized child will tell their new bear friend what occurred in the emergency situation when they are reluctant to talk to an adult.
Home of the TOT (Therapy Oriented Tricycle) Trike Workshop


The New Outlook Pioneers, Crossroads Chapter 135, West Suburban Pioneer Club is proud to have been making both Hand Operated and Foot Operated Tricycles for the past 30 years and to have shipped over 4,000 trikes. Currently the Workshop only makes the Foot Operated (TOT) Trikes. The Workshop has been featured in the July 4, 2011 issue of People magazine, the August 9 issue of the Daily Herald (Chicago Suburban) newspaper, and the August 19 ABC World News program with Diane Sawyer in the "Person Of The Week" segment.

The goal of the TOT Project is to provide a modified, safe tricycle for children with special needs to strengthen them and to enhance their physical therapies and to allow them to play and interact with other children. The trikes are assembled by an all-volunteer project team and are provided free of charge. Trikes are donated mainly through agencies associated with special needs children such as Hospitals, Private Therapy Clinics, Schools and Easter Seal Locations. We will honor a request from anyone with a demonstrated need when we receive a "Therapist Letter Of Recommendation" on a form that we provide. The Request Form can be downloaded from this website,, by going to the Home Page and clicking on "Spotlighted Projects".

TOT Trikes are available in the following sizes:
10" Trike Ages 1 1/2 to 2 1/2
12" Trike Ages 2 1/2 to 5
Note: Previously offered 16" Trike for Ages 5 to 7 is temporarily not available.

Add-On Components:
Metal Back Brace with foam back support and seatbelt
Foot Holders on pedals with velcro straps
Upright Handlebars (if regular horizontal ones are too restrictive) on the 12" trikes only

Trikes are distributed in the suburban and metropolitan areas of Chicago with no shipping charges. However, we will ship anywhere in the world, with shipping charges being paid by the individual or group requesting the tricycle.

For additional information or to request a tricycle, please contact:

Gordon & Connie Hankins
Co-Chairmen, TOT Project
440 River Bluff Circle
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630 355-7211
Fax: 630 355-7211 (please call before faxing)
Email: [email protected]

Links: Magazine,37.aspx
ABC Worldnews
Daily Herald

Fred Salomon
[email protected]

Talking Book Repair
For over thirty years, Pioneers have repaired and refurbished the machines that allow sight impaired individuals to enjoy the printed word.  In cooperation with the Library of Congress, the Pioneers repair the Talking Book machines in workshops across the country.   
Teaching Junior Achievement Classes
New Outlook Pioneers go into classrooms across the country to teach young students about the free enterprise system.  Primarily working with second and third grade students, our volunteers teach the Junior Achievement curriculum. 
Virginia Council Pioneers Following In The Footsteps Of The Blue And Gray

Virginia Council Pioneers
Following In The Footsteps Of The Blue And Gray

One hundred and fifty years ago, the land of Central Virginia was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of America’s Civil War. Through the efforts of our ancestors, the sites of some of those battles were set aside - so that future generations could learn from the experiences of those who lived and fought there.

Both Richmond and Petersburg have their National Battlefield parks - staffed and managed by the National Park Service. These teams of rangers and historians are constantly seeking to improve the experience of visitors to the parks. That is where the Virginia Council of the New Outlook Pioneers makes its contribution. Over the past several years, local Pioneers have been involved in the restoration and construction of several buildings and bridges in the Petersburg National Battlefield Park. And in the Spring of 2012, the Pioneers once again answered a call to service when the Park Service beckoned. In the Spring of 2012, the Park Service decided to add a new trail that would trace the ground where the Confederates mounted their last offensive of the war in the Spring of 1865. Boy Scout teams cleared the trail. Then the Pioneers were called on to supply the missing gap.

In the Spring of 1865, Petersburg was in its ninth month of siege by the Union army - the last days of this four year conflict. Trenches and battlements stretched around the south of the city and up its eastern side toward Richmond. Inside the city lines were the remnants of the Confederate Army of Northern
Virginia, approximately 55,000 men, who by that stage of the war were ill-fed and ill-equipped. Outside the lines were approximately 122,000 men of the Union Army of the Potomac, well equipped from their supply depot at City Point and led by a general that was determined to bring the war to an end.

A panoramic view of the bridge/stair structure that provides a vital link on the new trail from Colquitt’s Salient (a Confederate position) to Fort Stedman (a Union strongpoint) in the Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Pioneers completed the construction and installation in two days (May 15 - 16, 2012).

In late March, General Lee realized that he could no longer maintain his position around Petersburg. He planned to withdraw west to the Blue Ridge mountains, where he could join his now-ragged army with the remnants of the Confederate forces that were
retreating north from the Carolinas. But the Confederate politicians in Richmond were opposed to that strategy. So in a last desperate gamble, Lee decided to stage
an attack to the east - in the direction of the federal supply depot at City Point, at the mouth of the Appomattox River.

So on the morning of March 25, Lee’s last offensive began. The starting point was an extension of the Confederate lines known as Colquitt’s Salient. The immediate objective was a point in the Union perimeter named Fort Steadman. (The term “fort” was liberally applied. Fort Stedman was little more than some felled trees and earthworks protecting a battery of cannon.) The initial charge of the Confederates did indeed overrun Fort Stedman. But as the day wore on and more men were thrown into the battle, the
fighting surged back and forth, with the same ground changing hands several times.
At the end of the day, the battle line was just about where it had started. The confederates had given up a little ground. But they had lost about 5,000 men - about 10% of their remaining army. On April 2, General Lee finally abandoned Petersburg, heading west toward the Blue Ridge mountains. On April 9, General Grant’s Union army caught up with him and Appomattox Court House. And the “War Between The States” was over.

President Lincoln had been at Petersburg on March 25. So he was able to view part of Lee’s last offensive - from another of the many Union strong points to the south of Petersburg. And now, thanks to the work of your fellow Pioneers, you too can walk the same path that was trod by Union and Confederate soldiers in that last desperate charge.

The trail leading from Colquitt’s Salient slopes down, crossing a stream which at times becomes a torrent, then rises to Fort Stedman. To make the trail passable, a short bridge was required to span the stream; and a flight of stairs was needed to
surmount each adjoining slope. At the Pioneers’ April meeting, Park Service officials outlined these structures. By early May, Bruce Fichter had refined these outlines into a set of detailed designs and materials specifications. The Park Service then
obtained the raw lumber and the fasteners. So by mid-May, the project was ready for the construction phase.

On the morning of May 15, a platoon of hearty volunteers (Alvin Anderson, Vickie Anderson, Bruce Fichter, Richard Hannah, Frank Haselton, Dave Haught, Henry Janowitz, Jeanette Kahn, Bob Whiteman and Sandy Whiteman) reported to the Petersburg Battlefield Park Maintenance Headquarters. Construction immediately commenced. Bruce and Alvin lent their considerable carpentry skills to the intricate task of cutting the stair stringers (the sides that would support the steps themselves). Dave led the team that cut the boards for the stair steps and for
the deck sides and planking. Every volunteer lent a hand in some phase of the construction.

National Park Service employees Dave Shockley and Laura Kellam outline the
new trail project at Petersburg National Battlefield Park.

After three hours of non-stop activity, the bridge/stair structure was ready for installation. The bridge platform had been completed, and planks had been assembled to the center section of the deck. All of the stair stringers and steps had been cut in preparation for on-site assembly. Concrete blocks for the bridge support had been gathered.
With the assistance of a few Air Force volunteers, all of this material was hoisted onto and lashed to a trailer. It was time to advance (after lunch).

The Park Service then again entered the fray - transporting the bridge and the stair sections to the trail site. Here, the Pioneers faced, not the Minnie balls and grapeshot of 1865, but the gnats, ticks and mosquitoes of 2012. A nearby nest of fledgling eagles also limited the team’s maneuverability. Undaunted, the team soldiered on.

Under Construction: Bob Whiteman, Richard Hannah and
Dave Haught assembles planks to the deck platform.

Ready To Go: The bridge platform and all of the stair sections loaded on the
transport trailer. It could surely fit into a Civil War supply train.

The trailer transport could only reach the area of Fort Stedman. From there, the bridge and stair sections were transferred to a smaller cart and moved down the hill and
through the woods to the creek. Three trips, and the continued help of the Air Force volunteers, were required to get all of the material to the installation site. Concrete blocks were embedded on both sides of the creek to provide a firm foundation for the bridge. The top surface of the soil was removed to reach solid ground. Then
the ground and blocks were leveled to provide a stable platform for the bridge. The bridge was jostled into place. When measurements showed that the bridge was indeed
level; a halt was called to the day’s work.

Reinforcements (in the person of Don Sage) arrived on the following morning - as the installation work began in earnest. The soil on both sides of the creek was adjusted to allow the placement of both of the stair sections. The stringers were put in place; and the base of a platform at the top of each stair section was located. As with the bridge, concrete blocks were placed under the platforms in order to provide a stable and level
structure. The stair stringers (three on each side) were attached to the bridge supports (at the bottom) and the platform supports (at the top).

Then fun began. The pre-cut panels for the stair steps, the platform planks, and the remaining deck planks were fastened to the support beams with deck screws. Volunteers vied with each other for a turn using the electric drill. As something of a finishing touch, foot guards were installed along the sides of the bridge and the stair platforms. This second-day assembly portion of the project consumed an additional four
hours. The mission had been fulfilled. It was time to retire.

Installation: Dave Haught and Alvin Anderson complete work on the platform at the top of one of the stair sections. With the bridge/stair project complete, the volunteers paused briefly for a ceremonial memento of the project. Pictured (left to right; back to front) are Bob Whiteman, Alvin Anderson, Bruce Fichter, Dave Haught, Sandy Whiteman, Richard Hannah, Vickie Anderson, Don Sage and Henry Janowitz. Not pictured are Frank Haselton and Jeanette Kahn.

There still remains a bit of follow-up work to make the new trail accessible to the general public. Some trail clearing remains to be done. And some gravel fill around the stair platforms is required. Other volunteer groups will tend to these remaining tasks. For their part, the Pioneers look forward to the opening of the new trail in time for the sesquicentennial observation of the events at this site (2014 - 2015) and to their next project in the park – the transformation of a old horse pole barn into a visitors’ shelter.

Veterans First Letter to Margaret Meadows 2012

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