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  • 1. Downtown Optimist Club Newsletter A periodic Newsletter of the St. Petersburg - Downtown Optimist Club North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 February 2, 2010 Editor: E. Gardner Harshman, telephone 592-0243 or email: gharshman@tampabay.rr.com 3E J.O.O.I. Club Chartered ... What a proud event --- seeing a brand new Junior Optimist Club chartered at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School last Tuesday January 26th. This was a red letter day for the club with Past Governor Vi Hayworth performing the ceremony, Lee Warnock awarding Charter Member certificates, and Lt. Governor Jim Ridings presenting the club bell and gavel. Even Judy Warnock and Jane Ridings were in attendance to witness the happening. As the club grows and they learn more about Optimism and how their club relates to other Junior Optimist Clubs in the District, they will come to appreciate their Charter membership status. Regular meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Members are welcome to come visit. Just let Lee or Gardner know when you wish to visit. Friday morning, January 29th, the Zone 9 Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was held at Pinellas Park High School. The picture at left shows the winners — three from Pinellas Park High School and three from Blossom Middle School. In center is Governor Ric Carvalis and on end is past Governor Bob Thompson, District Chair of the contest who drove down from St. Augustine with wife Shirley for the contest. All kids are winners, just for participating, but only two of these will be going on to Jacksonville for the finals this coming weekend at the 2nd Quarter Conference. Thanks to Rick Rutan who did a great job with emceing the program, to Lt. Gov. Jim who helped present the winners medals, and to our own Lee Warnock and Raymond James Club Pat Keegan for their never-ending support and work in putting this project together for Zone 9 clubs. Ed. Note: My apologies if I missed someone who should have been mentioned.
  • 2. Today’s meeting at Tick Tock ... Apparently things went awry for our meeting. President Gardner opted to miss the meeting to attend his grandson’s All County Concert Band performance at the Mahaffey theater. Expected speaker Sgt. Tracy Schofield was a no-show, reasons unknown. Special guest visitor Diana Stancic, President of the new J.O.O.I. Club fell sick and was unable to attend. As this writer understands it, there were several other regulars missing due to illness or whatever. Scott and Lee took over running the meeting and time was spent discussing some business. Talking about the yard sale, reporting on the CCDHH contest, etc. Jane Ridings reported that the Downtown Piggy has reached $29.31 which is almost as much as last year all together. She has set her sights on doubling last year’s amount, looking for a total of $65 - 70 by the end of September. Yard Sale Time to go through your closets and garage and pick out those items you no longer use. Put them together in one spot and then, on March 13th, you’ll have the opportunity of the year to get rid of them. Yes, we need your no longer useables to sell at our club yard sale. Second largest fund raiser of the year, but not if we don’t have much to sell. Let’s get it together, members! Essay Contest. Jean Rutan reported that entries are coming in hot and heavy from all around via internet. She needs clubs to sponsor these contestants. Jean also reported that the poster contest which comes later, has the theme, “Slam the door on drugs.” For this, she needs schools with 4th and 5th graders to participate. If you know a contact in a school that could be involved, please give her a ring up. Upcoming Activities ... 50/50 drawing is now up to nd February 5 - 7 — 2 Quarter $384.00. The winner, when Conference in we have one, will receive a Jack Jacksonville minimum of $192.00. Winner of Febraury 14 — Valentine’s Day of the drawing today was February 16 --- Regular meeting at Carol Sirrianna. She drew the Diamonds* the Tick Tock Jack of diamonds instead of the joker! * Pretend it’s a card. (My scanner likes to give me Birthdays ... fits on occasion.) February 25th — Judy Warnock
  • 3. Downtown Optimist Club of St. Petersburg th 3558 100 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 Vice Pres. Scott Kaplan . . . . . . . 535-6939 President Gardner Harshman . . 592-0243 Vice Pres. Vi Hayworth . . . . . . . 527-2656 Sec/Treas. Lee Warnock . . . . . . 577-7159 Poster Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . Jean Rutan Sgt-At-Arms Jim Sirrianna . . . . 392-2718 O.I. Foundation Rep . . . . . . . Jane Ridings Chaplin Rick Rutan . . . . . . . . . 522-6143 Respect for Law . . . . . . Gardner Harshman Youth Appreciation . . . . . . . . Lee Warnock Directors New Community Dev. . . . . . . Vi Hayworth Jim Sirrianna (1) . . . . . . . . . . . 392-2718 Get Away Raffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Viki Pena (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421-3721 Easter Egg Hunt . . . . . . . . . . Scott Kaplan Chuck Hayworth (1) . . . . . . . . . 527-2656 Bell Ringing . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vi Hayworth Jean Rutan (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522-6143 First Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee Warnock Rick Rutan (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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