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  • 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 January 1, 2011 Editor: Sharon Dennany, telephone 919-274-1311 or email: skdennany@gmail.com Scott Kaplan – President 7360 Ulmerton Rd. #21D, Largo, FL 33771 Zone 9 Lt. Governor – Jean Rutan North Florida District Governor – Daniel RichI hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and best wishesfor a Happy New Year. It’s hard to believe that it is 2011!Remember the Y2K computer problem back in 2000? Eleven yearslater and technology has just gone crazy…iPads, camera phones,Skype, laptops, high definition television. It’s mind boggling!!
  • 2. Origin of New YearNew Year is the worlds most popularly celebrated festival. Perhaps,everybody would like to know how these celebrations began, fromwhere it originated and what is so important about the festival. Letsgive you an insight to the origin of this grand event in a brief form.Ancient New Year CalendarOrigin of New Year dates back to the era of emperors. They thoughtof celebrating a special day which should dot a day for beginning andend of the year. First New Year celebrations were noticed inMesopotamia around 2000 years. It was celebrated at the time ofEquinox in mid-March by the Egyptians, Persians and Phoenicianswhile Greeks celebrated it on winter solstice.As per the ancient Roman calendar New Year fell on March 1. Thiscalendar just had ten months and March was the first month of theyear. The calendar originated by the cycles of the moon, beginning inspring and ending with autumn planting. Inclusion of Two Calendar Months It was Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome who divided the year into twelve lunar months by adding the months of January and February. The New Year was shifted to January as it marked the beginning of the civilyears in Rome. But this was not fully accepted by the people ofRome and they continued celebrating in the month of March only.January 1- an Official Date of New Year CelebrationsThe Roman emperor Julius Caesar officially declared January 1 to bea New Year in 46 B.C. Romans worshiped God Janus who had twofaces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. Themonth of January was named after this Roman God and it gave anidea to the emperor to establish January as a gate to the New Year.It is said Caesar celebrated January 1 - New Year by ordering therevolutionary Jewish forces to route back.
  • 3. People began New Year celebrations on January 1 after many years.They ritualized the beginning of the year by acting and re-enactingthe world of the past before peace proliferated. People learnedJanuary as the first month of the year and with this the tradition offollowing Julian calendar.Abolition of Roman New Year DateIn the medieval period, pagan festivals were given more importanceand March 25 was announced as the beginning of the New Year.March 25 was called the Annunciation Day as on this day Mary gotthe news that she should be impregnated.Later, the King of England ensured that Jesus birth December 25should be commemorated as New Year.Gregorian CalendarAbout 500 years later, Pope Gregory XIII abolished the old Juliancalendar and introduced Gregorian calendar which comprised of aleap year after every four years to maintain balance betweenseasons and calendar. Finally, in 1582, Gregorian calendar was setto celebrate New Year on the first day of January.Source: http://www.newyearfestival.com/origin-of-new-year.html It’ It’s My Birthday! It’s My It’ Anniversary! Belated December 7 Elaine Mullen Belated December 13 Vikki Pena Belated December 13 Jean Rutan January 26 Bob Costa January 10 Jane Ridings January 31 Sharon Dennany January 24 Paul Brett
  • 4. Zone 9 Christmas Dinner was on December 21, 2010 at Gig’sItalian Restaurant in Pasadena. A number of clubs were there toenjoy the festivities and camaraderie. Downtown Club members whoattended were Jean Rutan, Gardner and Moonie Harshman, Janeand Jim Ridings, Betty Ralston, Elaine Mullen, Scott Kaplan, Judyand Lee Warnock and myself. Rick Rutan and Vi Hayworth wasfeeling under the weather and were not able to attend. If I overlookedanyone, I apologize.All the clubs pitched in and donated gifts to Brookwood Florida, aTherapeutic Group Home for Teen Girls. Diane Sunden was ourguest speaker from Brookwood. Founded in 1927, Brookwood is alicensed therapeutic group home for adolescent girls ages 11 to 21,who come to Brookwood from throughout the state of Florida.Residents are victims of abuse, neglect, violence, family dysfunction,or homelessness. Brookwoods treatment philosophy is a combinationof cognitive, behavioral and reality therapies. The program goal is toassist troubled young women in developing skills, self-concepts and amaturity level sufficient to successfully return home or move intoindependent living.Scott conducted a short meeting with the following announcements: The Breakfast club stole the traveling gavel from us, which we hadstolen from the Sunset club at a bunco game. We have two new members Sue Foster and CJ Morris. Welcometo the club! Lee Warnock won 50/50. January 20th is the next Zone 9 meeting at Gigi’s. The next Downtown meeting is January 4th at Tick Tock and thefollowing meeting on January 18th will be at the Ronald McDonaldHouse. Thank you’s went out to Gardner and Moonie for organizing theHoliday Dinner!
  • 5. Trivia In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room withonly one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from thewall, and was used for dining. The head of the household always satin the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionallya guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chairduring a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and incharge. They called the one sitting in the chair the chair man. Todayin business, we use the expression or title Chairman or Chairman ofthe Board. As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twicea year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while menshaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldntwash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread,put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat wouldmake the wig big and fluffy, hence the term big wig. Today we oftenuse the term here comes the Big Wig because someone appears tobe or is powerful and wealthy. Most people got married in June because they took their yearlybath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However,since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowersto hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying abouquet when getting married. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors thatwould get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh(straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, theyadded more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all startslipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.Hence: a thresh hold.
  • 6. 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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