On Feb. 2, 2009, Barbara Sullivan, president of the Pilot Club of Fulton, Doris Gann and Gail Adams were guests at the Pilot Club of New Albany's 55th anniversary. Special guest and speaker was Debbie Archer, Pilot International president for 2008-2009. Jennifer Cobb, president of the Pilot Club of New Albany, welcomed everyone and introduced Archer.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Archer has been living in Freeport, Bahamas, for the past 37 years. She ascribes her commitment to the Pilot mission to her parents who taught her to help the less fortunate. An important event in her life was when her father, Sir Albert Miller, was knighted in June 2002, in recognition of his long standing dedication and commitment to serve in the Bahamas. She, along with other family members, was able to attend this historic ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
She has been married to Donald Archer for 37 years and they have one son and three grandchildren. An active member of the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King, she is following in her mother, Lady Laurie's footsteps by serving on the Alter Guild. She has owned the Caribbean Gardens Flower Shop for 24 years.
Archer has been a Pilot member for 30 years. She has served her club in all offices except for treasurer and then as governor ot the COED District. She has since been elected to offices of increasing responsibility on the international level, 2002-04 PI director, treasurer, 2nd vice president, 1st vice president, president elect and now president. She chose as her theme for 2008-09 "Friendship and Service around the World." To go along with her theme, she chose her favorite flower, the calla lily, as a symbol of the grace and beauty of serving others and giving back to the community.