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February 16, 2010

  1. 1. Downtown Optimist Club Newsletter A periodic Newsletter of the St. Petersburg - Downtown Optimist Club North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 February 16, 2010 Editor: E. Gardner Harshman, telephone 592-0243 or email: gharshman@tampabay.rr.com Downtown Club takes the gold ... What an appropriate opening. While the ‘for real’ Olympics are taking place in Vancouver, Optimist Clubs in the North Florida District were being recognized for their achievements last year. These presentations took place at the Saturday evening banquet at the 2nd Quarter Conference in Jacksonville just two short weeks ago. Downtown Club walked away with much recognition for their efforts last year. First, as we knew previously, Downtown made HONOR CLUB — just one step short of Distinguished. Thanks to all members for their diligence and dedication in bringing this about. Your Secretary-Treasurer Lee Warnock was recognized for the prompt and accurate completion of his duties. The club received four new patches for the Club banner --- Sponsorship of a J.O.O.I. Club, Membership gain of five members, a Distinguished Benefactor patch for a major cumulative contribution to the Optimist International Foundation. The biggest and tallest of all was the Travel Trophy recognizing the Club that had the most members traveling the farthest for the conference (number of members times mileage driven). Please note the quilt hanging to the left. It was crafted by the wife of Governor Perry Albritton and displayed at each of the conferences during his year. It was awarded to the number one club in the District from last year and that club is Downtown of St. Petersburg. Kudos to Scott Kaplan, Zone chair of the Easter Egg hunt, for the job he did on the CPA (Community Project Awards) book for last year. His entry in the CPA contest was one of the finest seen. The project itself is topnotch and the presentation Scott put together was outstanding. It won first place in the District competition and should have been forwarded to International for further judging. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and we’ll never know how Scott would have fared in that setting. That loss does not diminish our appreciation for his efforts and all he does for the Club. WAY TO GO GUYS AND GALS!!! Downtown Rocks!!! Today’s meeting at Tick Tock ... Here again, if we could take medals for attendance, we would win the gold! We had twenty and a “little bit” in attendance — many of them guests. Beginning with Rick and Jean Rutan, they introduced Rick’s brother Warren Rutan and his wife Marian (who visited with us last year also, their granddaughter Amber and great granddaughter 6 mos. old Adriana. (Adrianna was the little bit”, and Gardner made her cry. Shame on him.) Scott Kaplan brought as his guest Sue Foster another school teacher and very old friend of his. (If I heard correctly, Scott was a student of Sue many years ago.) We also had as our guest, J.O.O.I. President Diana Stancic and her dad shown in the picture on the right. Dians presented Advisor pins to Lee and Gardner We had our guest speaker, of course. Sgt. Tracey Schofield of the Pinellas Park Police. Many of you met him last year. Tracey told us of his travels and adventures traversing the state of Florida last December to raise funds
  2. 2. for Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club and for project Hope. Some statistics from his walk were covered in our January 5 issue. Tracey, along with all members of the Department, are now engaged in a new project setting up a POLICE AND KIDS FOUNDATION with a focus on kids. It is anticipated that the Foundation will fund immediate needs of kids that the police encounter during their regular duties, kids who need things such as food, diapers, clothes, etc. As I understand the project, it will empower the police to give aid and support to kids where needed on an immediate basis without seeking approval and funds from bureaucratic sources. Vi Hayworth inducted Sharon Dennany as our newest member. Sharon was previously a member and a former President of the Club. She had to leave for a while and is now back as Vi’s newest recruit. Welcome to Sharon. Yard sale . . . Of particular import is the matter of changing the date of the sale. Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, the sale has been shifted to the following Saturday, March 20th. This change was brought about due to a conflict with use of the parking lot by Club 28. A HUGE motorcycle run is scheduled for the 13th and Gov. Ric was concerned that it would be noisy and chaotic if we had the sale and the run at the same time. Thank you, Ric, for letting us know about the conflict. We’ll gladly change the date in appreciation for use of the lot for our sale. Everyone! Don’t forget to amass the many items we’ll need for the day of the sale. Upcoming Activities ... 50/50 drawing now exceeds $500.00 (I think) March 2 — Regular meeting at Tick Tock Winner of the drawing today was VP Scott Kaplan, presiding Rick’s brother Warren Rutan. He March 16 — Regular meeting at Tick Tock drew the Queen of Hearts instead Guest speaker Chief Robert Bassett, St. Pete Fire of the joker! Got a consolation prize, but No money. March 20 — Yard Sale March 28 — Palm Sunday April 3 — East Egg Hunt Birthdays ... March 9 Gardner Harshman March 16 Jim Ridings March 17 Chuck Hayworth March 19 Bob Costa March 27 Vi Hayworth Club Anniversaries ... March 1 Jennifer Malanado 6 Scott Kaplan 17 Judy Warnock
  3. 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

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