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March 12, 2011 newsletter

  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 March 12, 2011 Editor: Sharon Dennany, telephone 919-274-1311 or email: shar1558denn@yahoo.com Scott Kaplan – President 7360 Ulmerton Rd. #21D, Largo, FL 33771 Zone 9 Lt. Governor – Jean Rutan North Florida District Governor – Daniel Rich2ND Quarter Conference in Panama CityThe Downtown Club received patches for their yearly contribution to the OI Foundation. Wedonated an average of $60 per person and have our patch for this. We also received theaward for the CPA book written by Scott. The CPA book for the Easter Egg Hunt has beensent to OI for the international competition. The winner of that will be announced in July.Chuck Hayworth received 2 awards for being the Distinguished District OI Rep. Jim Ridingsreceived the award for the #1 Lt. Governor for the district and was awarded theDistinguished Lt. Gov Governor pin.Gardner Harshman and Lee Warnock were awarded citations for the Downtown Club beingan Honor Club this past year.Lee Warnock , Gardner Harshman, Scott Kaplan, Vi Hayworth, Jane Ridings and Bettie JoCarvalis were awarded for being district chairs.Ric Carvalis was honored as a Distinguished Governor for the North Florida District.The district had a fundraiser going for the Childrens Cancer Campaign. Rubber ducks weresold for $5.00 each. A drawing was held at the conference...Chuck won 1st prize of$100.00!The district 50/50 was won by Scott Kaplan who won $130! Lots of members won doorprizes.The district CCDHH contest was held. The 2nd place prize was won by the young manZone 9 sponsored.Other events were the great Hospitality Room and wonderful Banquet.
  2. 2. Sunset at Panama BeachTaken by Scott Kaplan from his hotel balcony. It’ It’s My Birthday! March 9th Gardner Harshman March 16th Jim Ridings March 17th Chuck Hayworth March 19th Bob Costa March 27th Vi Hayworth
  3. 3. Spring forward Sunday March 13thBenjamin Franklin is credited with the concept ofDaylight Saving Time. The basic idea is to make thebest use of daylight hours by shifting the clock forwardin the Spring and backward in the Fall. Daylight SavingTime has been in use throughout much of the United States,Canada and Europe since World War I. In 1966, PresidentLyndon Johnson signed an act into law whereby Daylight Saving Timebegins on the last Sunday of April and ends on the last Sunday of Octobereach year. However, any State can opt out of Daylight Saving Time bypassing a State law.Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time and neither does Arizona(although the Navajo Nation, in northeastern Arizona, does). For manyyears, most of Indiana did not observe Daylight Saving Time with theexception of 10 counties. Beginning in 2006, all of Indiana now observesDaylight Saving Time. However, the state remains divided in two timezones. Seventy-four counties (including state capital Indianapolis) are in theEastern Time Zone. The 18 remaining counties are in the Central TimeZone.And if it seems like Daylight Saving Time starts early every year, youre right-- sort of. Beginning in 1986, Daylight Saving Time started on the firstSunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October. But in 2007,Congress revised the dates to the current March-November calendar inorder to extend the energy savings gleaned from earlier rising. Since the1970s, energy conservation has been the primary reason for the summertime change -- longer day means we turn on the lights later, saving energy. It’ It’s My Anniversary March 1st Jennifer Maldanado March 6th Scott Kaplan March 17th Judy Warnock
  4. 4. Bunco Party / Fund Raiser The Downtown Optimist Club is having a Bunco Party/Fund Raiser Invite all your friends and come out for great fun! Date: May 21, 2011 Time: 6:00 PM Cost: $10.00 per player Place: 1409 49th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg This is the home of two great Optimist members, Rick & Jean Rutan, who have graciously offered their home for this event.The proceeds go to the club’s youth account. Not only is this a fund-raiser but also a social gathering for Optimists and friends. We wouldrecommend that you please bring a snack/finger food item to share.Cokes/soft drinks will be provided. If you prefer beer or alcoholic drinks,bring your own. There will be nice prizes for the winners, as well as a50/50 drawing.Kindly RSVP so that have enough tablesfor everyone. We will need a headcount no later than May 18th.If you have played Bunco before,you know that it is a blast.If you have never played,not a problem. You will be taught,and we guarantee that you will enjoy it.Optimistically,Vi & VikiCo-Chairs
  5. 5. Tock… March 1st Meeting at Tick Tock The meeting was a short one. We submitted our entries for the essay contest. Every club in the district has an entry thanks to Jean Rutan. Next quarter conference is in Tampa. Everyone should attend if possible. It is also the conference for the district oratorical contest and the JOOI convention. The theme will be a Latin theme. More on that later. 50/50 was won by Nancy Reeser. She drew the 7 of spades. Pot to the winner is now $180.00. Next meeting is March 15th at Tick Tock. We inducted new members Nancy Reeser and Jean Rutan areDella and Mitch Shuler. Della on the left and CJ Morris and Rick is the JOOI club sponsor at Rutan are on the right. Morgan Fitzgerald CJ was inducted on Middle School. February 15, 2011. The shy one, trying to hide, is Sue Foster.
  6. 6. Patrick’St. Patrick’s DaySaint Patricks Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on the17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the mostcommonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as aCatholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17thcentury. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irishculture.Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick wasblue. Over the years the color green and its associationwith Saint Patricks day grew. Green ribbons andshamrocks were born in celebration of St PatricksDay as early as the 17th century. He is said to haveused the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explainthe Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearingand display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspireddesigns have become a ubiquitous feature of theday. In the 1798 rebellion, in hopes of making apolitical statement, Irish soldiers wore full greenuniforms on the 17th of March in hopes of catching public attention. Thephrase "the wearing of the green", meaning to wear a shamrock on onesclothing, derives from a song of the same name.The first Saint Patricks Festival was held on March 17, 1996. In 1997, itbecame a three-day event, and by 2000 it was a four-day event. By2006, the festival was five days long; more than 675,000 peopleattended the 2009 parade. Overall 2009s five day festival saw close to 1million visitors, who took part in festivities that included concerts, outdoortheatre performances, and fireworks.
  7. 7. 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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