Optimist Club of Jasper

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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”.

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