The Optimist Club of Jasper met on Thursday, September 6 at Last Catch Seafood Restaurant and grew their membership that day by inducting our newest member, Judge Brenda Weaver. Her optimistic outlook on life makes her a great addition to our club. In addition, two new Friends of Optimists were welcomed to the club: Jim and Kim Ryan, owners of Last Catch. They have opened their doors to our club with a bountiful breakfast twice a month for the past several years and their willingness to get up early to serve us has been greatly appreciated by all. In addition, another Friend of Optimists was present: Brad White.
The program for the meeting was provided by an enthusiastic presenter, Olivia Hattan-Edwards, Children’s Coordinator at Pickens County Library. She provided an overview with slide presentation of the entire summer reading program and events that were held this year the library. Between May 18 and July 31, the Pickens County Library held 34 programs for youth. A total of 11,175 children/youth books were checked out during this 10.5 weeks of the Summer Reading Club. These programs are supported financially by the Optimist Club of Jasper.