Optimist Club of Jasper

Optimist Club of Jasper
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016- The Year of the Optimist!

Just Remember, a party is not required, but if you do party New Year's Eve,
stay local, and  please  do not drink and drive.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Jolly Optimist -

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The Kindness Revolution

Parish Lowrie spoke to the Optimist Club of Jasper on December 17th about The Kindness Revolution.  What is The Kindness Revolution?  Based on the principles of the best-selling book of the same name, Ed Horrell in 2007 set up a non-profit organization that is 100% funded by a business membership called Community Champions.  Parish Lowrie of Parish Lowrie State Farm is our local Community Champion.

The mission is to bring back the sorely needed values of dignity, respect and kindness to the workplace, schools and everyday life.  It is a starting point in shaping kind behavior.  The Kindness Revolution is an "anti bullying" program that rewards kind behavior.  How is that done?  Since the focus is on awareness, they are active in telling "our story".  Parish works with Jasper Elementary School with this program by providing the popular "Pay It Forward" wristbands to encourage adults and children to recognize and promote kindness as well as the popular "It's Cool 2 B Kind" wristband program.  The program shares "Kindness Tips" with hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, promoting respectful and courteous behavior.  

Parish pointed out that our community is known as a Caring Community but wouldn't it be wonderful to also be known as the Kindness Community?  He is available to speak to other groups about this initiative by contacting him at 706-692-6920 or email him at Parish@ParishLowrie.com

The Optimist Club will meet again on January 7th and 21st at the Woodbridge Inn at 7:00 AM for breakfast and great speakers!  Come learn more about how the Optimist Club works to meet their mission of "bringing out the best in kids" in our community.  For more information visit our club website at www.jasperoptimist.blogspot.com and "like" us on Facebook by searching for Optimist Club of Jasper GA.  

Caption:  President, Dave Slade, thanks Parish Lowrie for his work with The Kindness Revolution.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Boys and Girls Clubs surprised at the Optimist Breakfast!

By Sue Appleton/Secretary

The Optimist Club of Jasper has the mission of "bringing out the best in kids" and one of the ways that they accomplish their mission is to support local organizations that provide services to the youth of our community.  On Thursday, December 17, 2015 the club provided two donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Pickens County.

Each year the Optimist Club of Jasper in collaboration with the Jasper Rotary Club provides funding for four Youth of the Month plaques.  Dave Slade, the club president, presented a check to Michele Brackin, Executive Director, and her daughter, Mikayla, to help cover the cost for four plaques for 2016.

As a surprise Jim Kirk of the Optimist Club of Jasper Foundation (a 501(c)3 organization)presented to Michele a check in the amount of $1,000 towards the Capital Campaign for the new Boys and Girls Club being built in Roper Park.  Recently an anonymous donor has agreed to match all gifts given to the Boys and Girls Club by the end of December up to $100.000.   With this match, the gift provided by the Optimist Club of Jasper will be doubled.   The recent sale of pecans helped provide money for this donation!  Thank you to everyone who bought our pecans this year!

Like to help the youth in our community?  Then get involved with the Optimist Club of Jasper.  Check us out at our website at www.jasperoptimist.blogspot.com and Like us on Facebook by searching for Optimist Club of Jasper GA.   We meet the first and 3rd Thursdays at the Woodbridge Inn at 7:00 AM for a great breakfast.  Come join us on Thursday, January 7th to learn more!  Guests and new members welcome!

Dave Slade presents a check for the Boys and Girls Club 2016 Youth of the Month plaques.

Jim Kirk presents a check to Michele Brackin, Executive Director of the local Boys and Girls Club, and her daughter, Mikayla, to be used towards the new building.  

Monday, December 7, 2015

Providing Comfort

By Sue Appleton/Secretary
Imagine you are a young child walking into Piedmont Mountainside Hospital ER with your parent and then the parent is whisked back to see the doctor and you are in the waiting area.  Or imagine you are a young child whose parent is in the operating room of the hospital and you are waiting in the surgical waiting area.  Scary, isn't it? 

In the past, hospital employees would oftentimes buy stuffed animals in their gift shop to comfort these children but now the Optimist Club of Jasper has stepped in to provide this comfort for the kids.  Susan White, Vice President of the club, presented the first 25 stuffed animals to Janet Ponder of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital for them to give the kids as needed.  As more are needed, the Optimist Club of Jasper will provide additional stuffed animals.

The Optimist Club of Jasper held their annual  fundraiser selling fresh pecans during the month of November.  The pecans went fast this year and are now sold out.  Funds from this sale goes to help children in our community and to help the club reach their mission to "bring out the best in kids".   

So when you bought pecans you were helping our young people including the providing of these stuffed animals at our local hospital.  Thank you.


Caption for photo:   L to R:  Janet Ponder of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital holding stuffed animals presented by Susan White of Optimist Club of Jasper.

Essay Contest - 2015/16

Each year the Optimist Club of Jasper participates in the Optimist International Essay Contest by holding a local competition. For more information please go to 
Deadline: January 25, 2016
Mail essays to: Optimist Club of Jasper, PO Box 22, Jasper, GA 30143

Club Name: Optimist Club of Jasper
Club Number: 21159
All rules and application forms can be found on the link above or google "Optimist International Essay Contest".
Topic for the 2015-2016 School Year is: "Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction"

For more information, please contact 
Program Chair
Matt Moore at 770-597-4534 or email to:mpmoore6@aol.com


Sue Appleton at jsappleton@wind-stream.net