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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Optimist volunteers at Boise State football games for 37 years

Frank Smoke, Optimist Volunteer at Boise State
Last week, The Idaho Statesman published a front-page article about Optimist volunteer Frank Smoke, "91-year-old Boise State fan stands out from crowd."

A member of the Boise Noon Optimist Club, he has been selling programs at Boise State football programs, along with other club members, for 37 years. That means he's been a dedicated Bronco fan and a true optimist for serving when the team was building up to the powerhouse that it is today. What's more, he's been wearing the same Optimist Club vest for all of those years.

On behalf of the Boise Noon Optimist Club,
Gary Arbaugh, Mark "Sparky"Anderson,
Sue Oliver and Michael Bouton
thank Frank Smoke for his service
Frank was recognized at the Boise Noon Optimist Club meeting this week and presented a framed copy of the Idaho Statesman article.

The Boise Noon Optimist Club shares a special relationship with the Boise State athletics. Selling programs at events is one way that the university helps support the Boise Noon Optimist youth football program. During the Humanitarian Bowl, held on December 17, the club was able to raise $744 selling programs. That money is returned directly to the community for the Optimist Youth Sports Complex.

On behalf of the PNW District, I send many thanks to Frank Smoke for his years of service.

Football is not all that the Boise Noon Optimist Club is involved in. This Christmas they could be found raising money ($1,200) for the Idaho Youth Ranch and purchasing coats for girls in the Youth Ranch program, helping with a Christmas party and Santa's Toy Box at St. Luke's Hospital and MSTI, among other things.

Thanks to Katy Moeller and The Idaho Statesman for the original article about Mr.Smoke.