About Us

The New Outlook Pioneers are an independent Pioneer group (no company sponsorship) comprised of the employees and retirees of Lucent Technologies, Avaya Communication, and Agere. We are over 85,000 strong and have members throughout the United States.

We are geographically organized into 8 Chapters. (Please click on the Chapter Map to see our Chapter geography.) Chapters are further subdivided into Councils and Clubs.  Please go to Chapters on the left navigation bar (click on Chapters and a list of Chapters appears) for detailed information about each Chapter and their activities.  For additional information about a Chapter in your area, please contact the Chapter leadership listed under the navigation button titled Chapter Officers.

Last year we contributed over 500,000 hours to projects in our communities.  

New Outlook Pioneers are proud to be a part of TelecomPioneers, a 501c3 organization.  To learn more about TelecomPioneers, please go to their web site by clicking on the Pioneer logo at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left side of the page.

Effective January 1, 2006, the New Outlook Pioneer Group is in a three year open membership trial.

"Membership will be granted to any individual who is willing to support the mission of TelecomPioneers and who will commit to supporting their community, the TelecomPioneers and our projects. Members will pay annual dues and will have full membership privileges, including the right to vote and to hold elective office."

Please see the Membership Application section of this page.



Our Mission

Pioneers is a network of volunteers who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities, in partnership with their sponsors.

Our Vision

We are the recognized world-class leader in volunteerism. We are respected and valued by our members, our corporations, the global community and our industry. We are committed to the diversity and personal growth of our members, the success of our companies and to improving the quality of life in our communities.

Pioneering Values

Inclusive and Relevant
We embrace members with different backgrounds, skills, and beliefs, because we know fresh ideas and unique viewpoints are necessary to meet the current and future needs of the people we serve.

Trustworthy and Compassionate
Our incredible success to date and our strong future is due entirely to our network of understanding, sensitive volunteers who thrive on responding to the critical needs of their communities.

Transparent and Accountable
As a volunteer and donation-driven organization, we make a promise to all our members and sponsors that we will be open about our business practices while maintaining the highest standards of financial accountability and integrity.

Our History

The Pioneers legacy is long and inspiring. It all began in 1911 with just 734 members (including Alexander Graham Bell). In the beginning, friendship and fellowship were what it was all about. Industry people recalling the facts, traditions, and memories of the early history of the telephone. But those who wrote the original Pioneers purpose were forward thinking in adding that it would also encourage "such other meritorious objects consistent with the foregoing as may be desirable." That became what would make the Pioneers different from other industry groups.

One of those "meritorious objects" translated into community service. Chapters, councils and clubs began their own initiatives, mostly working with childrens groups. By 1958, community service was established as the Pioneers' "New Tradition". Today, the organization is the world's largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service. Pioneers volunteer more than 15 million hours annually responding to the individual needs of their communities.

© 2011 Pioneers Volunteer

board of directors

Board of Directors

Michael Sears, Chairman of the Board

Ann Smalley, Vice Chairman of the Board

James M. Schmit, Past Chairman of the Board

Charlene Hill , Executive Director -

AT&T Pioneers
Cheri Jones
Laura McAdam
Gloria Pazel  
Shirley Sanz 
Mykie Sanders 
Ann Smalley 

Bell Aliant, Canadian & SaskTel Pioneers
Michael Sears
Ken Keesey

CenturyLink Pioneers
Janie Milby
Cheryl Daughtry

New Outlook Pioneers
Dan Katze 
Bob Whiteman

Verizon, FairPoint, Frontier & Telcordia Pioneers
Deb Foley  
Jackie Gunn 
Jayne Mayer 

Dan Katze Elected Vice President

Dan Katze Elected  New Outlook Group Vice President for 2014 Pioneer Year

Dan Katze joined the telecom industry in 1966, beginning with Bell Of Pennsylvania,outside of Philadelphia. He worked in Central Offices until going to Headquarters as a Staff Manager in the EEOC/Personnel department. He and his family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1982, first transferring to AT&T. His 35 year career took him through the spinoffs, first to Lucent Technologies, and then to Avaya, Inc. Dan managed engineering and technician teams, and served as Operations Manager for a technical call center. He retired in 2001.

His Pioneer career began in 1972 as a “Future Pioneer”. Since 1985 he has held
many officer positions at the Council and Chapter levels. He has worked on many committees and his efforts to keep Pioneering up to date have helped steer the organization toward a new definition of Pioneer Partners, eliminating a required number of years service needed to become a member, and the current membership trial studying the possibility of signing members from outside the telecom industry.

Dan’s passion for Pioneering is well known throughout all Pioneer Groups. Dan and his partner Nancy now reside in Loveland, Colorado and enjoy being around their family during summer stays in Glendo, Wyoming.


The Joe Cleres Memorial Scholarship for Students with Disabillities




                                   New Outlook Pioneers                                                  

 The New Outlook Pioneers Joe Cleres Memorial Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will be available January 1st, for the 2016-17 academic years and the closing date to receive them will be March 14th, 2016.

Interest persons may request an application by e-mailing giving your address so that your area representative can respond".


The scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens attending an institution of learning in this country."


Pioneers Membership Application-Please print then fill out
Centennial Logo

We would like to announce an exciting new fundraising program that can generate money for New Outlook Chapters and their projects. 

We have teamed with to offer flowers and gifts at this new site:

12% of all sales made on the site will be donated to the New Outlook Chapter of your choosing and… as a benefit to you and all supporters, has agreed to not charge any additional fee for flower delivery! This includes same day.

The site has over 400 fresh flower arrangements and gift baskets that can be delivered same day. With such an expansive offering, you will certainly be able to find an arrangement or gift for that next birthday, anniversary, or get well wish. Prices are very competitive and they guarantee 100% satisfaction on every order.

Please check the site out, add the site to your favorite’s folder. Also, be sure to mention the site to your friends and to anyone who might be interested in ordering flowers and gifts.

Potential Insurance Savings for Members
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, is offering free insurance quotes to our members.  Just click on the link above to open the Liberty Mutual web page.  Many of our members have been able to lower their insurance costs by switching to Liberty Mutual.


                                                                            NEW OUTLOOK PIONEERS

                                                                2015 Pioneer Charitable Fund Grant Applications

                                                                                Funds Available --$29,812.44

Chapter 131                                                                                                                                        None

Chapter 132----Murray Hill Club

                Back  Packs for At Risk Students                                                                                                $8000.00

                Shiloh Food Pantry/Kitchen Upgrade                                                                                         $2500.00

Chapter 133 ----Virginia Council                

                Fire Safety for Elementary Grade Students                                                                               $1000.00

                Petersburg National Battlefield Park Trails and Steps                                                               $2000.00

                Dish It Up/Stop Hunger                                                                                                             $1000.00

Chapter 134----Southern States Chapter              

                Heart Pillows for Heart Patients                                                                                                $2500.00

Chapter 135---West Suburban Pioneer Club       

                TOT Trikes                                                                                                                                 $5000.00

                Girls In The Game                                                                                                                      $2500.00

Chapter 135---Hawthorne Life Member Club

                Hawthorne LM Club Community Services                                                                                  $2000.00


Chapter 136                                                                                                                                             None


Chapter 137                                                                                                                                            None


Grand Total Requested                                                                                                                          $26,500.00




                                                              NEW OUTLOOK PIONEERS

                                                       2015 Dodd's Fund Grant Applications

                                                                Funds Available--$6,350.81


Chapter 131--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00

Chapter 132--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00

Chapter 133--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00

Chapter 134--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00

Chapter 135--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00

Chapter 136--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00

Chapter 137--Equal Distribution                                                                                                                 $550.00


Chapter 133--Motivation To Read Project                                                                                                   $1500.00

Chapter 135--Back To School/Adopt a Family Support for Heartland Alliance                                             $1000.00


Grand Total of Funds Distributed                                                                                                                $6350.00

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