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  • 1. Downtown Optimist Club A periodic newsletter of the St. Petersburg - Downtown Optimist Club North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 APRIL 14, 2010 Editor: E. Gardner Harshman, telephone 592-0243 or email: gharshman@tampabay.rr.com Interim Editor: Sharon Dennany, telephone 919-274-1311 or email: shar1558denn@yahoo.com Today’s meeting at Tick Tock… While Gardner was out of town tending to his garden, Scott filled in. We had a pretty good group last night, 19 total. Vi brought two sets of guests – Bill and Joanne Quinton and Brent and Jennifer Walker. Joanne and Jennifer work together and Bill is a member of the Breakfast Club. It looks like we may have some new members thanks to Vi! Our special guest for the evening was Chris Gregory and his mother Debbie. His essay The Internet: Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace? was the Downtown’s winner. After reading his essay to the club Jean presented him with a medal and $50 from the Downtown Club Chris will graduate from St. Petersburg Catholic High School in 14 days. Next year he will attend Flagler College in St. Jean Rutan and Chris Gregory Augustine and will major in philosophy and religion. Congratulations Chris! Keep up the good work!
  • 2. sale… The yard sale On March 20th brought in $388 and steady traffic. Jean a nd Rick R utan Chuck Ha yworth Jim Ridings District… North Florida District was mentioned in the Spring 2010 Optimist magazine. On page 31 North Florida District was #1 on the donor list for Average Contribution Per Member and Total Contributions. The Downtown Club was mentioned as Distinguished Benefactor - $5000. North Florida District Rocks!
  • 3. Hunt… The Easter Egg Hunt on April 3rd was a success! Special thanks to the Easter Bunny who arrived on a motorcycle! The event was advertised in the Northeast newspaper and the marquee sign at Lealman Park. The hunt started at 10:00 am and lasted about an hour. There were enough eggs for all the kids to find and every kid walked away with a stuffed animal or an Easter basket with goodies. And four lucky kids received brand new bikes, compliments of the Breakfast Club. One of the bike winners was Jean and Rick Rutan’s great-granddaughter. Adriana is only 8 months old and she won the Spiderman bike! Even though she appreciated the bike, she traded the bike for some toys more appropriate for her age. There was a lot a help from the Morgan Fitzgerald JOOI Club and the FFEA members from Largo High School. Thanks go out to all who pitched in and helped. Without your help and donations of bicycles, eggs, candy and your time this would not have been a success! Vi Hayworth and Scott Kaplan filling up the table with stuffed animal give-aways. Aren’t they just adorable! Someo ne was very cr e ative!
  • 4. t Wha Chec kin o do I d boun g out the ty o ir with and c f eggs andy this dad? Bicycles donated by the Breakfast Club Adria n Easte a gives th r Bun e ny a h ug The Easter Bunny arrives in style! e? he cut Isn’t s
  • 5. Drawing…is 50/50 Drawing is up to around $550 No joker today. Scott drew the Queen of Diamonds. It’ It’s My Birthday! Conference… Jacksonville Conference is April 16 – LeAnn Costa May 14th – 16th. There will be lots of April 23 – Lee Warnock contests and judging – oratorical, April 29 – Governor Ric Carvalis poster essay, etc. Officers… New Officers Were voted on for the 2010 – 2011 year. Congratulations go out to: Scott Kaplan – President Viki Pena– 1st Vice President Vi Hayworth – 2nd Vice President Sharon Dennany – 2 year Board Member Gardner Harshman – 2 year Board Member Moonie Harshman – 2 Year Board Member
  • 6. Update… Fund Raising Update Lee Warnock reported that the first game of the season between the Rays and Yankees drew 36,000 people. There were seven people between the Downtown and Breakfast Club making and selling pizzas at Papa John’s. Everyone had a great time. It’s going to be a wonderful fund raiser for the year. School… Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School E3 JOOI Club raised $329 selling newspapers at the Rays / Yankee game. They plan to use the money and make goodie bags to send to our troops. Way to go E3! I wonder if they know R2D2?? meeting… Next meeting Is April 20th at the Ronald McDonald House. We will be serving the families ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cole slaw and lots more. It’s a full house so we want to be sure to have enough food to serve the families. The food won’t be wasted. It will be eaten the next day if there are leftovers. If possible be there by 5:30 pm so dinner can be served at 6:00 pm. Ronald McDonald house is located at 401 7th Avenue South.
  • 7. Downtown Optimist Club of St. Petersburg 3558 100th Terrace Pinellas Park, FL 33782-4100 The Optimist Creed Promise 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 the presence of trouble. CLUB OFFICERS DIRECTORS President Gardner Harshman. . . . . . . . . . . 592-0243 Jim Sirrianna (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 392-2718 Vice Pres. Scott Kaplan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 535-6939 Viki Pena (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421-3721 Vice Pres. Vi Hayworth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 527-2656 Chuck Hayworth (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .527-2656 Sec/Treas. Lee Warnock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 577-7159 Jean Rutan (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522-6143 Sgt-At-Arms Jim Sirrianna . . . . . . . . . . . . . 392-2718 Rick Rutan (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522-6143 Chaplin Rick Rutan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522-6143 Judy Warnock (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 458-8278 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 Get Away Raffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Easter Egg Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Scott Kaplan Bell Ringing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vi Hayworth First Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee Warnock

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