Happy New Year to all PNW District Optimist Club members and beyond.
Promise yourself to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
“The Foundation is extremely thankful for all the high points the past year has brought! Some of the highlights to mention would include:
The Foundation would not have great moments like these to share without the generosity and support of our donors and volunteers. It is through the gifts that you all so selflessly give that makes a difference for Optimist International Foundation. In turn, this enables the Foundation to give support to Optimist International and allows us all to continue to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.
- A fantastic 40th Anniversary celebration, in which the committee raised over $25,000 to support the Foundation.
- Welcoming another great Board Member to the team.
- A raise in unrestricted giving over this past year.
- The Foundation being able to give $85,000 towards Youth Club Programs, $160,472 to Club Grant Program Grants, and $579,571 towards Charitable, Literary and Educational Programs
'Helping Optimists Help Kids' not only describes our mission- it is a phrase that also describes our passion. If you would like to partner with the Optimist International Foundation this holiday season in working towards our mission, please click here.”
|Just a small reminder.|
NOW means New Optimists Welcome
We need you to give us names of folks you think would be good Optimist members. We will write a letter to them and invite them to a special meeting.This week, the message was amended to read,
This promo must be working. We have 3 new members and haven't even had the meeting yet.It's true. Just talking about about adding members to our Optimist Clubs puts us in the mindset to share what we do with others and invite them to join in on the experience.
"This week our Optimist group had a coffee stop fund raiser out at Toutle Rest Stop. Despite the really nasty weather we did pretty well and served many cups of coffee...tea and cocoa. The people who stopped were grateful and a delight to serve.As families traveled to be with one another on the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm sure the coffee was well appreciated. Thank you for your service.
Looking forward to out next fund raiser in March when we have a Silent/Chinese Auction & Dinner. Lots of great items so come see, March 23-2013 starting at 5:00 P.M."
If you can sponsor a new member by New Year’s Day , I will DOUBLE your chances to win that trip to "SUNNY LAS VEGAS" in March by putting your name in the drawing twice (that’s 2 times) for every member that you sponsor!
The Pacific Northwest District is proud of our members and what we do for others, especially the KIDS. Let’s get more people involved by bringing in more new members.
|The Nightly News|
We just got back from the Hood River Board meeting and a good time was had by everyone!
Our winner for the “Trip for Two to Disneyland or $500 cash” for bringing in New Members is Gary Oyler from Elmore County, Idaho.
Way to go Gary! Please contact Past Governor Bill French at 503-936-8311.
We now have a new contest for this year “ For a Trip for Two to Las Vegas in March” starting now and ending March 1st, 2013. More details to follow, but get started early and sponsor that New Member you have always wanted to join your Club and maybe “You will be the lucky winner like Gary and be able to get into the warm sunshine in Vegas this March!
If everyone who has a talent/hobby could bring something to auction it would just be great fun! I have some wineglasses that I paint, so sky’s the limit – quilting, crocheting, metalwork, jewelry, woodcraft, baking, jam or salsa made from your garden. Frame a wonderful photograph you took. I consider shopping a talent as well – maybe you found something wonderful that you can donate whether it be “vintage” or new. A basket of books for those readers among us???
We’ll get to raise money and get to know each other at the same time.
|AJ - Boy Scout and volunteer|
|Dick Merck is flanked by the chefs|
|A satisfied customer!|
"On September 9th, the Peninsula Optimists held a Chicken BBQ fundraiser for the first time. We learned a lot and have ideas on how to make it even more successful next time.
Dick Merck did an excellent job organizing the event. The day prior, a group went out to a farm on Sauvie's Island and picked corn and Dick's son did a bang-up job cooking the chicken and shucking all 300 ears of corn!
Boy Scout Troop 52 volunteered to help serve meals and help with clean-up after. All I can say is YUM!"Thanks for sharing your story, Sharon! If your Optimist Club wants to tell the world (and other clubs in the PNW) what's happening, please send it now.