Optimist Club of Jasper

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Hall of Fame call!

Brad, Susan, Bruce Godfrey and Mark Shiver
 Congratulations to our very own Susan White for being selected to the Optimist International Georgia District Hall of Fame! Susan will be inducted at the Georgia District Conference banquet February 8th in Athens. A sampling of Susan's service includes:

Club Offices: Newsletter chair 99-00, PGI chair 00-01, Vice President 00-01, President 01-02 Honor and Distinguished, Secretary/Treasurer 02-06.

District Offices: Lt. Governor zone 4 03-04 Honor and Distinguished, A&A chair 04-05, Membership Chair 05-06, Secretary/Treasurer 06-07, Governor Elect 07-08, Governor 08-09, Essay Chair 09-10, Secretary/Treasurer 10-12, Registrar 12-13.

She has also attended all District conferences and conventions since 2000 and all Optimist International conventions since 2006.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 PHS S.T.A.R. Student and Finalists!

Kaleigh Watters, a high school senior, has been named the 2014 STAR Student of Pickens High School. The announcement is made by the Optimist Club of Jasper, local sponsor for the Pickens STAR Program. Watters, daughter of Chris and Sue Watters of Jasper, selected Mrs. Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher. The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 56th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception, the STAR Program has honored more than 24,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having the most influence on their academic success. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Miss Watters plans to attend the Georgia Tech and major in business. Miss Watters states that she selected Mrs. Anderson as her STAR Teacher because – “even though she taught me in the third grade and throughout elementary school, what I learned from her has continued to impact me nearly a decade later. She believed whole-heartedly that I could succeed and placed a personal interest in me, both in and out of the classroom. To this day I can still remember the word puzzles she gave us, her daughters’ prom dresses that were offered for future use, and going to her house for end of the year parties”. Mrs. Anderson has taught for 32 years and she currently teaches at Harmony Elementary School. Mrs. Anderson states that “I was fortunate to have Kaleigh in my elementary classroom for several years and I would describe her as a beautiful girl with a contagious smile and love for learning”.

Kaleigh Watters and Mrs. Susan Anderson
The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday evening, February 27, 2014. The banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper, Georgia. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact reservation coordinator, Rodney Buckingham by e-mailing him at rodneypcldo@yahoo.com. Banquet tickets are $22.00 per person. This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists. This is the 24th year the Optimist Club has sponsored the largest and most unique local STAR Banquet in this statewide program. In the local program, the Optimists not only recognize the STAR Student and Teacher, but an additional nine STAR Student and Teacher Finalists.
The 2014 Star Finalists are:
Student                    Teacher
Will Avant              Kelly McArthur
Ritchlan Hutchins   Andrea Yates
Will Lawson*         Clara Pantazopoulos
Jimmy Lee               Rodney Martin
Silas Lott                Adam Wharton
Haley Mathews**   Mary Land
Katie O’Shields      Tony Young
Jacob Stephens        Lynn Cantrell
Jeremy Thornton     Gail Culbreth

*PHS Validictorian
** PHS Salutatorian 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Full of JOOI in Jasper!

The Optimist Club of Jasper welcomed our two Junior Optimists Clubs to a meeting on January 2, 2014 when school was not in session. Over 30 Junior Optimists with their families plus the school advisors joined the club for breakfast and to meet the Optimists members. Bruce Godfrey introduced Darlene Fowler, JMS Advisor, and Kim Hamilton, Assistant JMS Advisor, who announced that the JOOI club at Jasper Middle School is growing. They took the leadership role at JMS of the canned food drive for CARES just before the holiday break. Their next activity will be to collect coats for Project Overcoat in January. Larry Starr then announced that our newest Junior Optimist Club was chartered December 30, 2013 at Pickens County Middle School with John Jensen as the Advisor. John introduced the officers of the new JOOI club and noted that they will be determining their club activities soon. Participation in JOOI gives young people the opportunity to serve their communities. Kids who are involved in JOOI clubs learn about, and practice good citizenship, teamwork and communication. Membership in JOOI Clubs helps to develop friendship with others who share the same interests. There are opportunities for personal growth and leadership positions. JOOI exposes members to Optimism as a philosophy of life, provides members with an improved sense of kindness, and increased awareness for those in need. JOOI serves as an excellent training ground for future community leaders. The Optimist Club of Jasper is proud of both the Jasper Middle School Junior Optimist Club that has been a club for a number of years and now our newest Junior Optimist Club at Pickens County Middle School. Working with these two clubs gives us the opportunity to “bring out the best in kids” in our community.
Darlene Fowler, Kim Hamilton, and John Jensen with Pres. Jim Kirk

Monday, January 6, 2014

Oratorical Contest of the Optimist Club of Jasper

The 2013-2014 Oratorical Contest for the Optimist Club of Jasper, Georgia will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Pickens County Public Library at 10:00am. The topic for this year’s contest is: “How My Passions Impact the World”. Contestants must be under the age of 19 and not graduated from high school. There is no minimum age. There will be a separate contest for males and females. The winner of the club contest proceeds to the Zone contest. The winner of the Zone contest proceeds to the area contest. After the Area contest, those winners proceed to the state of Georgia contest where the winner of each contest receives a $2500 scholarship. The application form along with the rules of the contest can be obtained from Susan White – susanbrd@etcmail.com.

STAR Student 2014 on the horizon!

The 2014 STAR Banquet is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 27th at Chattahoochee College. The Banquet will begin at 7:00 pm and will be catered by the Woodbridge Inn. Paul Star, 1996 graduate of PHS and one of the STAR Finalist, will be the guest speaker. To make reservations, please contact reservation coordinator, Rodney Buckingham - email rodney pcldo@yahoo.com. The cost of the banquet is $22.00 per person. The 2014 STAR Student and STAR Finalist and their selected teachers will be announced in January.