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May 17, 2010

  1. 1. Downtown Optimist Club A periodic newsletter of the St. Petersburg - Downtown Optimist Club North Florida District, Zone 9, Club #60447 May 18, 2010 Meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm 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 9 members and 1 guest, Bob Lasher, Community Relations Manager, from PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. As Gardner said “We are a small, but mighty club”. Lee announced there will be a bowling party for the JOOI club, Salvation Army Sally House and Children’s Village on June 5th. He is looking for adult volunteers to help out. The event begins at 2pm at Seminole Lanes on Park Blvd. Sabrina Schmidt and Saagar (Rico) Gupta won the Regional Oratorical Contest held May 8th at the Tampa Library. Both went on to compete at the conference. Installation of Officers Banquet will be held in September. Gardner and Moonie are headed to North Carolina until around October and Bob and Roseanne Costa are head to New York until sometime in September. Tickets… Fund Raiser Raffle Tickets are on sale now. Purchase one ticket for $5, three tickets for $10 and eight tickets for $20. First prize is a 2 night stay at the Alden Beach Resort, 2nd prize is $50 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse, 3rd prize is $50 gift certificate to Publix and 4th prize is $50 gift certificate to Derby Club. The drawing is August 8th. Page 1
  2. 2. Speaker… Guest Speaker Our speaker for the evening was Bob Lasher, Community Relations Manager at PSTA. He gave us really good information about what PSTA now doing in the community and future plans. He spoke a bit about the proposed Light Rail System that would serve Tampa to Orlando. There would be five stops – Downtown Tampa, Lakeland, Celebration, Orlando Convention Center and the Orlando Airport. It would travel at 168 miles per hour at top speed and would be run by the State. Some other highlights he spoke about: Enhanced bus transit, running new hybrid buses 14 additional hybrid buses coming this year with passenger amenities 81% of Pinellas County residents wants improved transit Tampa/St. Pete is rated as the 60th worst city for commuting Mass transit creates the most jobs Bob also passed out maps of PSTA’s bus service routes. For more information visit psta.net, facebook or twitter. Page 2
  3. 3. It’ It’s My Birthday! May 3 – Viki Pena May 21 – Jerri Paul May 23 – Jennifer Maldonado May 31 – Laura Morris It’ It’s My Anniversary! May 5 - Henry Goodyard May 8 – Gov. Ric Carvalis May 15 - Carol Sirrianna Maxine’ Maxine’s Corner "The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket." "After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching somewhere... you may be dead." Page 3
  4. 4. 50/50 Drawing is up over $600 Vi drew the 7 of Spades, but no luck in finding the Joker. Observations of Growing Old Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect! Three things in life that you should never lose… Peace – Honesty - Hope Conference… 3rd Quarter Conference Vi reported the conference was a good one. The hotel was nice, they are great to work with. The banquet food was great. There was no training at this conference. The head table had young faces, which was refreshing. Entertainment was a jazz band which was excellent. The conference moved right along with some fun stuff throughout. The hospitality room was fabulous. Approximately 32 door prizes were given out each night and a 50/50 drawing. There were 95 adults and 30 JOOI kids who attended. While at the conference the JOOI kids elected their new officers. The kids also put on a great performance. They also judged the poster contest, however Zone 9 did not have a winner. Our Oratorical contest winners competed at conference. Sabrina Schmidt competed against five other girls and won $2,500. Congratulations to Sabrina! Jean was presented as Zone 9 governor. Vi would like to encourage all members to attend the conference on Aug 6th – 8th, which will be in Tampa. Page 4
  5. 5. Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Q. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? A. 21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. Q. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? A. 21 seconds for the same reason as above Q. Why are his gloves wet? A. His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle. Q. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not? A. He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder. Page 7
  6. 6. 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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