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January 19, 2010


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January 19, 2010

  1. 1. Downtown Optimist Club Newsletter A periodic Newsletter of the St. Petersburg - Downtown Optimist Club North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 January 19, 2010 Editor: E. Gardner Harshman, telephone 592-0243 or email: Let’s go skating.... On Saturday the 16th, Downtown and Breakfast Clubs sponsored a skating party for the E3 J.O.O.I. Club and the kids from Salvation Army foster home at the Astro Skating Rink in Pinellas Park. We saw Moses, the recipient of our Youth Appreciation Award last year. According to house parents he is doing well. Had twenty-four from Salvation Army and six from the J.O.O.I. Club. Pictured, at the left, primarily, are kids from the J.O.O.I. Club. In the lower right hand corner is Mrs. Della Shula, teacher sponsor of the club. Many thanks to Lee Warnock for setting up the event. All the kids had a great time although this event doesn’t give them the opportunity to inter mingle as does bowling. The foster kids wanted a change and they got it. Judy Warnock, Quincey and Frank from the Breakfast Club were also there to chaperone and monitor activities. Student of the Month.... Ever had a chance to meet with Lee for one of his visits to Sexton Elementary School and assist in presenting Student of the Month materials? It’s an experience not to be missed. All these kids tromping into the library to have their picture taken and to receive a pin, certificate of accomplishment, and a bumper sticker for their parents to display with pride on their vehicles. From tiny little kids (lst grade I assume) through 5th grade, each class is represented with the Student of the Month selected/recommended by their teacher. They are precious. They are the future of our community. They are America in progress! Lee Warnock deserves a lot of credit for his dedication in making these presentations each and every month of the school year. THANK YOU, LEE! The teacher at Sexton heading up this effort on that end is a former member of Downtown Club. In fact, she is a past president. Commitment to her family and teaching keeps her from membership — but she is one terrific Optimist!!! Having had this experience, I’m proud that Downtown participates to this extent, and I’m ecstatic that we voted to provide materials for another 2- ½ years to continue the program. Today’s meeting at Tick Tock ... Wow. We were blown away! Nineteen members and guests for the meeting, meal and program. Count two more for a drop in and a hello from member Governor Ric and Betty Jo. Amongst the crowd we found Sue Lewis of the St. Petersburg Club, Sharon Dennahy, a former member and now our newest member, and our speaker Terry Pendleton, also of the St. Petersburg Club. Our previous new member Tio Maldanado was also in attendance. Yard Sale Following discussion it was the consensus that Downtown should continue on with its’ scheduled yard sale on March 13th. Zone Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing scheduled for Friday, January 29th at Pinellas Park High School. Lee asked that we bring (donate) large bottles of soft drinks, chips (snacks), etc. for the kids. Also, bring yourselves and enjoy this annual project. Scholarships will be given for high school and middle schools (if I got that right). Past Gov. Bob Thompson from St. Augustine is expected to attend.
  2. 2. 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. Sharon Dennahy Tio Maldanado Guest Speaker Terry Pendleton of the St. Petersburg Club gave a presentation on Internet Safety. This is the new program started this year by Optimist International and Int’l. President Mark Shriver gives an introduction to the program on DVD. Terry had all the paraphernalia there and quickly ran through three DVD’s for three different presentations, adult to children. Terry will be handling the coordination of Internet Safety Programs for Zone 9 and is looking for volunteers from the various clubs to recruit schools or other gatherings for the presentation. Sue Lewis, President of St. Pete Club, described their clubs’ participation in running a concession booth at Ray’s games in the Dome. Their club is small and they recently lost two working members. They are offering to let Downtown assist St. Pete Club and earn money for Downtowns’ treasury. Somewhere in the neighborhood of six to seven hands were raised to join St. Pete in their endeavor. (We need the money) Lee Warnock offered to be the liaison and work with Sue on the scheduling. Upcoming Activities ... Birthdays ... January 21 6:30 PM Zone meeting at None shown until Gigi’s Restaurant in February 25th — Judy Warnock South Pasadena January 26 4:15 PM J.O.O.I.. meeting at Morgan Fitzgerald School January 29 10:00 AM Communication 50/50 drawing is now up to Contest for the $176.50 for the winner. Scott is Deaf and Hard of doing his best but hasn’t drawn the Hearing (CCDHH) Joker yet. He did win the drawing Pinellas Park High AGAIN but drew the 10 of clubs. February 2 6:30 PM Regular meeting at Tick Tock February 5 - 7 — 2nd Quarter February 2nd Meeting at Tick Tock Conference in Jacksonville Speaker Sgt. Tracey Schofield of the Pinellas Park Police Dept. will talk about his walk across Florida and his next project.
  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