Optimist Club of Jasper

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Community Donations Breakfast (Part 2)

Jim Milton of Hope House, Larry Starr of CARES, Margy Lohman of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, Bonnie Carlton of Pickens County Young Life and David Finney of Mountain City Soccer Club.
By Sue Appleton/Secretary

The Optimist Club of Jasper met on August 15th for their second N.O.W. breakfast (New Optimists). The club continued making donations to Pickens County organizations that provide services to the youth of our community and help the Optimists meet their mission of “bringing out the best in kids”.

Five local organizations received donations:  Hope House of North Georgia,
Young Life of Pickens County, Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, Mountain City Soccer Club and CARES.  Each organization is part of our caring community and provides services or programs to help the young people of Pickens County.  In addition, the Optimist Club of Jasper made their annual donation to Optimist International Foundation that supports youth activities around the world.

At the previous meeting in August, the club made donations to an additional six local organizations that provide services to Pickens County youth.  The Optimist Club of Jasper holds three fundraisers each year including the annual pecan sales in November, the 5K Flapjack Run in April and the annual Golf Scholarship Tournament in May.  These fundraisers provide funding for donations as well as funding for the annual Essay and Oratorical Contests and the STAR Banquet and Scholarships.

This club is looking for new members.  We welcome those who would like to be part of an organization that helps the youth of our community.  Next meeting is Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 AM at Last Catch Seafood Restaurant.  Come join us for a delicious breakfast and meet some of the most optimistic people of Pickens County.  To learn more go to www.jasperoptimist.blogspot.com and look for us on Facebook.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Community Donation Breakfast (Part 1)

Left to Right:  Ron Thompson of Boys and Girls Club, Angie Jones and Amberle Godfrey of Youth Leadership Program, Richard Hauenstein of Youth Enrichment Program, Janice Sly of Pickens Ferst Foundation, Olivia Hattan-Edwards of Pickens County Public Library, Steve Lowe of The Joy House, Denise Duncan of Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, Dave Harper of Youth Enrichment Program.

By Sue Appleton/Secretary

Each year the Optimist Club of Jasper holds three fundraisers which includes pecan sales in November, the 5K Flapjack Run in April and the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held in May.  Funds then are used to support the STAR Banquet and STAR scholarships as well as the annual Citizenship Award and awards for the annual Essay Contest and Oratorical Contest.  After the last fundraiser of the year, the club determines how much can be put back into the Pickens County community to “bring out the best in kids”.

During the two August meetings, donations are then distributed to the various organizations that help meet the mission of the club and that provide services and opportunities in our community that help our local youth.

At the August 1st meeting, six organizations were recognized and received funding:  Pickens County Public Library children’s programs, Boys and Girls Clubs of Pickens County, Youth Leadership Program of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, The Joy House, Pickens Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and the Youth Enrichment Programs in the Pickens County Middle Schools. 

At the next meeting August 15 at 7:00 AM held at Last Catch, five additional organizations will receive funding for 2013.  In addition earlier this year funding was given to Camp Invent of Jasper Elementary School, Pickens County Public Library for their summer reading program as well as the Boys and Girls Club for their Youth of the Month plaques in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Jasper.

We invite members of the community to join us on August 15th for a continuation of the Optimist Club of Jasper investing in our local community to “bring out the best in kids”.