Optimist Club of Jasper

Optimist Club of Jasper

Sunday, February 28, 2016

KnowPickens coverage of the STAR banquet!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Big Doings In Little Jasper (apologies to Hollywood)

OPTIMIST CLUB OF JASPER MARCH 2016 CALENDAR

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 (That is THIS Thursday
 Club Meeting at 7:00 AM at Woodbridge Inn
 Speaker:   Allen Wigington, Chief Magistrate for Pickens County

Club ORATORICAL CONTEST  10:00 AM
Club members please arrive earlier.  
Susan White, Project Chair   susanbrd@etcmail.com

 CLUB BOARD MEETING AT 5:00 PM
 Pickens County Library Board Room

THURSDAY, MARCH 17-  
Club Meeting at 7:00 AM at Woodbridge Inn
Program:   CLUB ORATORICAL CONTEST WINNERS 
(You don't want to miss this!)

Zone Oratorical Contest in Canton  
at Cherokee County Board of 
Education Building 

APRIL 2016

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 -  Club meeting at 7:00 AM
at Woodbridge Inn
Speaker:  Our very own member,
 Robyn Bernstein -
Topic:  Happy Tails Therapy Dogs

THURSDAY, APRIL 21 -  Club meeting at 7:00 AM
at Woodbridge Inn
Club Election for next year's officers/directors

Special Note:   Date change/ the 5K Flapjack Run will NOT be Saturday, April 23, 2016
Too many conflicts with our club members/committee members.
As soon as a date is chosen, we will let you know but looking at potential June dates.

MAY 2016
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT:  
 AT BENT TREE GOLF COURSE
 BE THINKING ABOUT TEAMS!  
AND TEE SIGN SPONSORS!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

STARS shine bright Thursday night!


The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program has honored nearly 25,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

In the mid-1990's the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation was asked by the Georgia Chamber and the State Department of Education to assume responsibility for the oversight, administration and promotion of the statewide STAR program.  PAGE's 90,000-plus members and the PAGE Foundation Board of Trustees are privileged to continue the tradition of recognizing Georgia's future leaders and honoring the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math and writing sections.  Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher.  High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and system STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions.  Region winners and their STAR Teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR scholarships and awards.

For over 25 years the Optimists have recognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with 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 2016 STAR Banquet will also honor the STAR Student from Mountain Education Charter High School.  Shea Hammontree is the 2016 STAR Student at MECHS and she chose Mrs. Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.  Hannah Kilpatrick is the STAR Student for Pickens High School and she chose Mrs. Christine Westbrook as her STAR Teacher.

 The 2016 STAR Finalists from PHS are:  
Student​             Teacher
Anne Brown-Goolsby      Leah VanDoran Cohen
Sadie Cornett​        Ted Estes
Christopher DensmoreRhonda Lane
Chris DiPuma​        Pam Parker
Logan Fountain​    Gail Culbreth
Kayla Low​   Michael Oubre
Austin Massey​    Kelly McArthur
Ginny Morris​      Christi Hobgood
Andres Torres​      Tonya Russo

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at:
Chattahoochee Technical College
100 Campus Drive 
JasperGA 30143
The banquet begins at 7:00 PM.
Reservations are required for the events. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Optimist find of the day:


Found this today at Purdue University, Optimist inspired or inspiration for the optimist I'm not sure of the timeline, but Bravo Boilers!
Posted by Tom DiPuma on Friday, February 19, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Meeting Reminder:

Thursday 2-18-16
     7:00 AM  
Woodbridge Inn
    Jasper Ga


Did you miss the Governor's visit?


Tony Bell, GATEway District Governor for OI, spoke at our New Optimist Wanted luncheon on February 4th about Optimism...
Posted by Optimist Club of Jasper, GA on Sunday, February 14, 2016
Bell, GATEway District Governor for OI, spoke at our New Optimist Wanted luncheon on February 4th about Optimism...
Posted by Optimist Club of Jasper, GA on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Great NOW Luncheon! Even the Webmaster made it! There's proof below



The Optimist Club of Jasper welcomes guests and new members!   Our next meeting is Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 AM at Woodbridge Inn.  Speaker:  Mike Cowart, Chair of Pickens County School Board
Posted by Optimist Club of Jasper, GA on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Optimist Calendar is ONLY half full!

OPTIMIST CLUB OF JASPER
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016 CALENDAR

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 -  7:00 AM
CLUB MEETING AT WOODBRIDGE INN 
 Speaker:  Mike Cowart -  Chair of Pickens County School Board


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 -  
STAR BANQUET  7:00 PM AT CHATTAHOOCHEE TECH  
Have you made your reservation?  Contact pickensstar@etcmail.com $24.00 / person
Volunteers will be needed for set-up. Day and time to be determined


THURSDAY, MARCH 3 - 7:00 AM
CLUB MEETING AT WOODBRIDGE INN 
 Speaker:   Allen Wigington, Chief Magistrate for Pickens County


SATURDAY, MARCH 5 -  10:00 AM
Club ORATORICAL CONTEST 
 Pickens County Library,  Like to help?  
 Contact Susan White at susanbrd@etcmail.com


THURSDAY, MARCH 10 -  BOARD MEETING AT 5:00 PM/PICKENS COUNTY LIBRARY


THURSDAY, MARCH 17 -   7:00 AM
CLUB MEETING AT WOODBRIDGE INN 
            Program to be announced

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  
 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!


SATURDAY, APRIL 23 -  
ANNUAL FLAPJACK RUN/DOWNTOWN JASPER
Volunteers will be needed!    Sponsorships are needed!!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 -  
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Committee members are needed!  Interested?
Contact Sue at suekappleton946@gmail.com
Teams are needed!  Tee Sign sponsorships are needed!

THURSDAY, MAY 19 -  
RESPECT FOR LAW PROGRAM
Committee members are needed!  Interested?  
Contact Sue at suekappleton946@gmail.com

Saturday, February 6, 2016

STARs shining Bright For 2016

Stay tuned for our the individual profiles coming soon!

The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday eveningFebruary 25, 2016.  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 email the Optimist Club at pickensstar@etcmail.com  Reservations are required and tickets are $24.00 per person.  The Woodbridge Inn, who has catered the Optimist STAR program since the first banquet, will again cater this years’ banquet.

Mr. Cory Watson, the PHS STAR Student in 2004, will be the guest speaker for this year’s banquet. 

For over 25 years the Optimists have recognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with 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 2016 PHS STAR Student and Finalists are:

StudentTeacher
Hannah Kilpatrick-STAR  Christine Westbrook- STAR
Anne Brown-Goolsby​ Leah VanDoran Cohen
Sadie Cornett​      Ted Estes
Christopher Densmore​   Rhonda Lane
Chris DiPuma​     Pam Parker
Logan Fountain​    Gail Culbreth
Kayla Low                    Michael Oubre
Austin Massey​    Kelly McArthur
Ginny Morris                Christi Hobgood
Andres Torres       Tonya Russo

The 2016 MECHS STAR Student and teacher:
Shea Hammontree-STAR  Susan Anderson-STAR

Monday, February 1, 2016

PHS 2004 STAR Student Cory Watson to be the Guest Speaker at the 2016 STAR Banquet




Cory Watson, the 2004 Pickens High School STAR Student, will be the guest speaker for this year’s STAR Banquet.  Watson is the son of Ben and Kelli Dillard of Jasper. He currently works as the lead web developer for Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, Georgia. In fiscal year 2015, with the support of 2 million volunteers and donations in excess of $250 million, Habitat served nearly 1.8 million people through home construction, incremental construction, rehabilitation, repairs, or increased access to improved shelter through products and services. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has helped more than 6.8 million people obtain a safer place to sleep at night along with the strength, stability, and independence to build better lives. After graduation from PHS, Cory attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2009 with dual Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management degrees. Following this, he spent a year interning with the Wesley Foundation at UGA, where he mentored students and worked to plan interdenominational events to promote unity and shared vision on campus. In 2010he began his career as a business manager and designer for Riverstone Graphics, a design and printing firm in Holly Springs. After working there for a year, he moved to Atlanta to take a job as a web and technology specialist at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He worked at Georgia State for four years, during which he planned and implemented two full rebuildsof the school’s website. While working at Georgia State, he earned an additional Master of Arts degree in economics and taught two undergraduate courses as an adjunct faculty member. Cory accepted his current position at Habitat for Humanity in 2013. He serves as the lead developer and user experience specialist for the habitat.org website, a property that attracts over 5 million unique visitors a year.He is also the sole owner of SeeWatson LLC, through which he contracts to build websites for a variety of clients. Cory lives in DecaturGeorgia and enjoys returning to Jasper to visit his family and look at the stars (Atlanta only has one or two). He is an avid musician, tennis player, rock climber, cook, and aspiring blacksmith

 The Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday eveningFebruary 25, 2016.  The banquet will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee TechnicalCollege100 Campus DriveJasperGeorgia.  Anyone interested in attending the banquet should email the Optimist Club at pickensstar@etcmail.com  Reservations are required and tickets are $24.00 per person.  The Woodbridge Inn will cater this years’ banquet.

For over 25 years the Optimists haverecognized the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with nine STAR Finalists with 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 2016 STAR Banquet will also honor the STAR Student from Mountain Education Charter High School.  Shea Hammontree is the 2016 STAR Student at MECHS and she chose Mrs. Susan Anderson as her STAR Teacher.  Hannah Kilpatrick is the STAR Student for Pickens High School and she chose Mrs. Christine Westbrook as her STAR Teacher.

 These 2016 STAR Finalists from PHS are:

Student​             Teacher

Anne Brown-Goolsby       Leah VanDoran Cohen
Sadie Cornett​        Ted Estes
Christopher DensmoreRhonda Lane
Chris DiPuma​        Pam Parker
Logan Fountain​    Gail Culbreth
Kayla Low​   Michael Oubre
Austin Massey​    Kelly McArthur
Ginny Morris​      Christi Hobgood

Andres Torres​      Tonya Russo