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April 12, 2011

  1. 1. Downtown Optimist Club A periodic newsletter of the A periodic newsletter of the St. Petersburg -- Downtown Optimist Club St. Petersburg Downtown Optimist Club North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 March 12, 2011 Editor: Sharon Dennany, telephone 919-274-1311 or email: shar1558denn@yahoo.com Scott Kaplan – President 7360 Ulmerton Rd. #21D, Largo, FL 33771 Zone 9 Lt. Governor – Jean Rutan North Florida District Governor – Daniel Rich Tock…March 15th meeting at Tick TockLee discussed the raffle and passed out tickets to everyone who was willing to sell some.One of our larger fundraisers, we made approx. $700 last year. Prizes to be won are thesame as last year: Grand prize 2 night stay at the Alden Beach Resort, other prizes include$50 gift cards to Publix, Outback and the Derby Club at Derby Lane. New this year...to theclub member who sells the most tickets wins a $50 gas card!Lee also discussed working at Tropicana Stadium where we help the Optimist Club of St.Pete with their Papa Johns pizza stand. Gardner and Scott will work the first game, 4/3.The next game after that will be 4/15. This was our largest fundraiser last year, making theclub over $1500!Della Shuler talked about the E3 JOOI club at Morgan Fitzgerald. They will be having theirdance at school 3/16. They sold nearly 300 tickets and will also be selling concessions toraise money. They are getting ready for the Oratorical contest and have recently added 3members to their club.Viki talked about the Easter Egg Hunt. The park has been reserved. The Breakfast Clubwill be donating 4 bicycles again this year--yay and thanks to them! Members are asked tobring their donations to Lealman Park the day of the event but if they arent attending,please bring them to the meetings in April. Please remember to stuff your eggs but dontuse chocolate (Tootsie Rolls are ok). The JOOI kids will help lay out the eggs on the field.The Essay Contest has finished and most clubs in the district have their entrants. Ourclubs winner was to attend the April 5th meeting but cannot attend due a conflict. She willattend at another meeting. We will be awarding her $50.00.Vi, Scott and Sue Foster will be working to redo the banners for the club, getting all thepatches together for the first time in years. More on this to come.
  2. 2. March 15th meeting at Tick Tock con’td… con’tdPoster contest is underway.Vi announced there will be either a BBQ or a Low Boil at Ric Carvalis bar, Club 28 in thenear future as a fundraiser for the OI Foundation. More on this later.The 50/50 drawing was won by Sue Foster. She had Scott pick her card and it was theJack of Spades. Know… Did You Know At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maids job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in pints and who was drinking in quarts, hence the term minding your Ps and Qs. Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the Ace of Spades. To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they werent playing with a full deck. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
  3. 3. April 5th meeting at Tick Tock…Members in attendance were Jim and Jane Ridings, Lee and Judy Warnock, Gardnerand Moonyeene Harshman, Bob and Roseanne Costa, Chuck and Vi Hayworth, NancyReeser, Viki Pena, Scott Kaplan, Sue Foster and Sharon Dennany.Gardner and Scott worked a Rays games along side of a group of college kids who weregetting in some volunteer hours. If you are available to help on April 15th or 19th contactLee.Raffle tickets are going strong. $5 for 1 tickets, $10 for 3 or $20 for 8. They areavailable through the first week of June. June 7th is the drawing.The Easter Egg Hunt is coming up April 23rd. It starts at 10am at Lealman Park. Therewill be lots of goodies…Easter baskets and stuffed animals and a chance to win one offour bikes donated by the Breakfast Club. Sunday Brunch and Sunset are donating$100 each and Bayside is donating $50 to help with all the Easter eggs, candies, stuffedanimals or baskets. The JOOI club will help stuff all the plastic eggs and the Baysideclub will be available that day to help wherever needed. And the best part is the Easterbunny will make an appearance! So tell all your neighbors and friends to bring theirchildren out for a fun time!Also on April 23rd is the Zone Oratorical contest at 1pm at the St. Petersburg MainLibrary on 3745 9th Avenue North.The next meeting is at the Ronald McDonald House on April 19th. The families will dineon three hams, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, apple sauce and more. Please emailRick or Jean with your contribution.The JOOI Club members are selling newspapers and all proceeds are go to BogeyCreek. Their membership is up to 30 now. Moonyeene drew the winning ticket for 50/50 and Gardner It’s My Anniversary It’ drew the Nine of Hearts for her. He was debating April 15th Betty Jo Carvalis between two cards and the one he didn’t choose was the Joker! Sorry Moonyeene!
  4. 4. Bunco Party / Fund Raiser The Downtown Optimist Club is having a Bunco Party/Fund Raiser Invite all your friends and come out for great fun! Date: May 21, 2011 Time: 6:00 PM Cost: Tickets are $10.00 per player Place: 1409 49th Avenue NE, St. PetersburgSend Out Some Good Well WishesOur fellow Optimist and friend, Rick Rutan, is in Bayfront Medical Center. Jean hasspent a number of days at the hospital but she had GREAT news! The ultrasoundresults were good. Rick does have a bad kidney infection, but something that can bemedically corrected.He is now strong enough to have visitors, but kindly keep them to a minimum. He is inroom 301, bed 1. He can also have calls to his room….the # is 893-6301. He willprobably be there a couple more days. The family appreciates your prayers andthoughts.Vi irthday! It’s My B th April 7 Betty Ralston th April 16 a Roseanne Costth Dime a Day April 18 Campaign rshman Moonyeene Ha rd Foundation Rep Jane Ridings April 23 passed a Dime a Day flyer Lee W arnock around at the meeting. It’s a simple way to make your th donation to Optimist International April 29 Foundation. See the flyer on the Ric Carvalis next page
  5. 5. National Start Walking Day Did you know that April 7th was National Start Walking Day? It’s not to late to start. By visiting StartWalkingNow.org, you will find more good information to help you keep on walking!Respect for LawThe annual Respect For Law program comes up in May and I need to know verysoon how many clubs in Zone 9 will participate.For the newer clubs, Respect For Law is an International Program. Some clubshave individual programs and others make it a zone project as we have been doingfor many years.It is a time to honor people in any facet of the law profession. We have honoredpolice officers, cadets, students, attorneys and judges over the years. There is a small amount of financial responsibility to each club including a plaque for the nominee and meals for the recipient and family members. Some clubs also make a monetary donation too but we ask that this be done privately so as not to embarrass other clubs. Please respond as soon as possible if you will take part in a zone-wide dinner. Lt. Governor Jean Tampa Conference May 13th – 15th is the 3rd Quarter Conference in Tampa at the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore. This quarters theme is Spanish. Expect some to see some Flamenco dancers and of course a Spanish meal.
  6. 6. The Easter Bunny and Easter EggsSince its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had itsnon-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festivalcommemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When thesecond-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with theirpagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so,however, in a clandestine manner.It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holydays with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. Tosave lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowlythroughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts,but to do so in a Christian manner.As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as theChristian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alterthe festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over.The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the paganfestival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxonsthrough her earthly symbol, the rabbit. The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals knownand they served as symbols of the new life during the spring season.The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. The bunny as anEaster symbol seems to have its origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned inGerman writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germanyduring the early 1800s. The first bunnies were not made of chocolate; they weremade of pastry and sugar. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly afterthe Civil War. In fact, Easter by its self was not widely celebrated in America untilafter that time.From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs wereoften wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling themwith the leaves or petals of certain flowers.German settlers believed a white hare would leave brightly colored eggs for all goodchildren on Easter morning. Early American children built nests of leaves and sticksin their gardens for the Easter Hare to fill with colored eggs. By the 19th century inAmerica, the Easter Hare had become the Easter Bunny delighting children withbaskets of eggs, chocolates, candy chicks, jelly beans and other gifts on Eastermorning.www.phancypages.com/newsletter/ZNewsletter2599.htm
  7. 7. The Optimist CreedPromise Yourself -To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit thepresence of trouble. CLUB OFFICERS DIRECTORSPresident Scott Kaplan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .535-6939 Jean Rutan (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522-6143 7360 Ulmerton Rd. #21D, Largo, FL 33771 Rick Rutan (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522-61431st Vice Pres. Vi Hayworth . . . . . . . . . . . . 527-2656 Judy Warnock (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 458-82782nd Vice Pres. Viki Pena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421-3721 Sharon Dennany (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . ..919-274-1311Sec/Treas. Lee Warnock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 577-7159 Gardner Harshman (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .592-0243Sgt-At-Arms/Gardner Harshman. . . . . . . . 592-0243 Moonyeene Harshman (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . 592-0243Chaplain Rick Rutan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522-6143 COMMITTEE CHAIRS Oratorical Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee Warnock Essay Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jean Rutan Programs/Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Rutan Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vi Hayworth/Viki Pena Poster Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jean Rutan O.I. Foundation Rep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jane Ridings Respect for Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gardner Harshman Youth Appreciation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee Warnock New Community Dev. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vi Hayworth Raffles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee Warnock Easter Egg Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Viki Pena Bell Ringing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vi Hayworth First Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee Warnock

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