Downtown Optimist Club
                                A periodic newsletter of the
                                A peri...
Meeting…
Zone 9 District Meeting All           of the clubs were except St. Pete
was represented. Lt. Gov. Jim announced t...
Oratorical Contest…at
                            Contest           this evenings meeting we
                had the oppor...
It’
        It’s My Birthday!
        (correction from last newsletter)
        April 16 – Roseanne Costa instead of LeAnn...
9’              Club…
Zone 9’s Newest JOOI Club           is getting ready to make their trip to
Canada on bicycles. Yes…t...
Students Will Ride Bikes continued…Students like Dakota Hunter and Laura
Williams will pack up their bikes, tents, and sle...
As I Look Back...
      As I look back on m
                             y life
      I find myself wonde
                ...
Downtown Optimist Club of St. Petersburg
                      3558 100th Terrace
                      Pinellas Park, FL ...
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  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 May 4, 2010 May 4, 2010 Meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm Tick Tock Restaurant 8123 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg (727) 498-8563 Editor: E. Gardner Harshman, telephone 727-592-0243 or email: gharshman@tampabay.rr.com Interim Editor: Sharon Dennany, telephone 919-274-1311 or email: shar1558denn@yahoo.com Today’ Today’s meeting at Tick Tock…we had 13 members and 7 guests. Our seven guests were the Downtown and Breakfast Clubs Oratorical contest winners Saagar (Rico) Gupta and his 3 guests and Sabrina Schmidt and her 2 guests. We celebrated Viki Pena’s 42nd birthday with a cake. You can’t beat those Publix cakes with cream frosting, they are the best! Jean gave us an overview of what she does for the poster contest. This years theme is “Slam the Door on Drugs.” She passed around posters from Sexton Elementary for the members to look at. It’s amazing some of the detail that was in some of the posters. Jean is still waiting for two more schools, Maderia Beach and Frontier Elementary, to submit their posters. The judging will be held at the Jacksonville Conference, next weekend. The winner will receive savings bonds. Vi would like to encourage everyone to attend the conference. She indicated there were still plenty of rooms and it’s a great hotel. So far it looks like about 8 members are definitely going. Our next meeting is May 18th and our guest speaker is Bob Lasher with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). House… Ronald McDonald House around 12-18 members were on hand to help out at dinner. Although the RMCH wasn’t a full, there was plenty of food for everyone…ham, fried chicken, salads, veggies, cookies, cakes, beverages. Gardner thanked to Judy for her wonderful ham. New member, Joann, brought a dish even though she had another event to attend. Thanks to all who worked and brought food to this great cause! Page 1
  2. 2. Meeting… Zone 9 District Meeting All of the clubs were except St. Pete was represented. Lt. Gov. Jim announced that Jean will be presented at the conference as next year’s Lt. Governor for Zone 9. There were reports on all of the zone activities since the last zone meeting. Breakfast member Frank R. won the door prize and Lt. Gov. Jim drew his own number for the three massages (donated by member Jennifer). Members were encouraged to attend the upcoming district conference in Jacksonville May 12th – 14th. Vi announced that she and Gov. Ric were working on a new club in the Palmetto area and asked that anyone having friends or relatives in that area please let them know. Lt. Gov. Jim was well organized and held a good meeting making sure that the Ray’s fans got out early to watch most of the game…which we won! Be who you are an d say what you fe because those who el, mind don’t matter n’ and those who matt er don’t mind. n’ -Theodor Gielsel ak a Dr. Seuss It’ It’s My Anniversary! May 5 - Henry Goodyard May 8 – Gov. Ric Carvalis May 15 - Carol Sirrianna Page 2
  3. 3. Oratorical Contest…at Contest this evenings meeting we had the opportunity to hear Zone 9 Oratorical winners, Saagar (Rico) Gupta (Downtown) and Sabrina Schmidt (Breakfast). Both are 8th grade students from Bay Point Middle School. Both speeches “Cyber Communication: Progress or Problem” were excellent. Rico’s family, Father Manoj, Mother Jyoti, sister Shiv and cousin Paul, were there to support him. Jerry Ashton, Sabrina’s father, was there to support her. After Rico and Sabrina gave their speech both Gardner and Lee gave them pointers to prepare them for the competition this Saturday, May 8th at 1:00 pm, at the Tampa Library. Congratulations to Lee and Rick for doing such a great job! 50/50 Drawing is up to $598 Thanks to One of our Oratorical the following contest winners, Saagar, contributors pulled Rick Rutan’s ticket; Gardner Harshman however luck wasn’t with Vi Hayworth Rick tonight. He picked Rick Rutan the 10 of Spades. Maxine’ Maxine’s Corner "Do you realize that in about forty years, we'll have millions of old ladies running around with tattoos and pierced navels?" "Take every birthday with a grain of salt. This works much better if the salt accompanies a Margarita." Page 3
  4. 4. It’ It’s My Birthday! (correction from last newsletter) April 16 – Roseanne Costa instead of LeAnne Costa (sorry!) May 3 – Viki Pena May 21 – Jerri Paul May 23 – Jennifer Maldonado May 31 – Laura Morris Our guest speaker is Judge Irene Sullivan. She has served since 2002 as a juvenile Judge in Clearwater. Prior to that, she was a family court judge and practiced law as a general partner with Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew in St. Petersburg. Zone 9 The Downtown Club honoree this year is an officer May 7th with the Pinellas Park Police Department. 6:00 pm Piccadilly Cafeteria 1900 34th Street North The clubs participating this year are Downtown, St. Petersburg Breakfast, Sunset and Sunday Brunch. See you there! Correction… New Officers Correction I got my V’s mixed up. Vi and Viki were reversed last month. Here’s the corrected officer list. Scott Kaplan – President Vi Hayworth– 1st Vice President Viki Pena – 2nd Vice President Rick Rutan – 1 Year Board Member Jean Rutan – 1 Year Board Member Judy Warnock – 1 Year Board Member Sharon Dennany – 2 year Board Member Gardner Harshman – 2 year Board Member Moonie Harshman – 2 Year Board Member Page 4
  5. 5. 9’ Club… Zone 9’s Newest JOOI Club is getting ready to make their trip to Canada on bicycles. Yes…that’s right, they are bicycling all the way to Canada. This is the dance group that we converted to a JOOI Club. Being dancers, they are in excellent condition. Even so, I can’t even begin to imagine such an undertaking, makes me tired trying to imagine this happening. At any rate, they are planning to depart on May 1st. These are home- schooled kids of different ages. They have been doing various fund raisers, but I was informed that they are a bit short of funds to cover the entire trip. If any of the Zone 9 clubs have a few bucks in their treasury, the kids would be happy to have any and all donations. Anyone wishing to help the kids may contact me, either by phone or email. They asked that I express their gratitude. Optimistically, Vi Students Will Ride Bikes and Dance on 2,500 Journey BAY AREA (Bay News 9) -- A unique lesson for some local students involves taking to the road and dance floor for a school project. A group of homeschooled students from Pinellas and Pasco counties are participating in something called the Ballroom Bicycle Brigade, a 4-H program which combines dance and bicycling. Instructor Gina Hunter says it's an experience that the students can't learn from cracking open a book. "We are traveling and learning all about our American history," says Hunter. "The black American history -- what happened as the slaves escaped from the south." Page 5
  6. 6. Students Will Ride Bikes continued…Students like Dakota Hunter and Laura Williams will pack up their bikes, tents, and sleeping bags to embark on an Underground Railroad bicycle route which stretches all the way to Canada. "We're going to ride 2,500 miles," says Dakota Hunter. "We're going to be biking almost every day to get to the places that we're dancing," says Williams. During the bicycle trip, the group will perform at least 12 dance shows in several states in order to train and raise money for their trip. "I want to see how people live and see the world," says Williams. The students will also be trying out their photography, journalism, and mapping skills along the way to earn academic credits in subjects like history, geography, and health. "I hope I can come home with a new attitude on how I live my own life and how I see other people, and hopefully get a better understanding of how different people are," says Williams. The Ballroom Bicycle Brigade is scheduled to begin the journey on Sunday, May 2, with a return sometime in mid-August. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson Page 6
  7. 7. As I Look Back... As I look back on m y life I find myself wonde ring... Did I remember to th ank you for all that you have done for me? For all of the times you were by my side to help me celebrate my successes and accept my defeat s? Or for teaching me the value of hard w good judgment, cour ork, age, and honesty? I wonder if I've ever thanked you for the simple things ... The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we've shared? If I have forgotten to express my gratit For any of these th ude ings, I am thanking you now... and I am hoping th at you've known al how very much you l along, are loved and apprec iated. - Author Unknown Page 7
  8. 8. 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 Chaplain 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 Page 8

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