|Darlene Fowler, Kim Hamilton, and John Jensen with Pres. Jim Kirk|
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.