Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Raffle tickets have been printed and are in circulation for sale on the following Prize Package:

Two Edmonton Eskimos Football 2012 Gold Season Tickets.
Value: $886.00 with GST
(includes one Pre-Season Game and nine Regular Season Games).
PLUS: Four Gift & Concession Cards (to use at the games). Value: $325.00
Total Prize Package Value: $1211.00

Licence #328128

Draw Date: June 14, 2012 at 8:00pm
Location: Smitty's Restaurant, Leduc AB

Tickets: $5.00 each
Must be 18 yrs to purchase
Tickets Printed: 975

All Net Proceeds to Youth & Community Activities & Programs

Contact any Leduc Black Gold Optimist Club Member or Chairperson (Ray) @ 780-756-0493

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Club Meetings


THANKS to our club members for bringing a total of 123 lbs of food items as a donation plus a great assortment of new toys for the Santa's Helper project in Leduc. Gert Reynar from the Leduc Food Bank was on hand at the December 8th Leduc club meeting to accept the items.
Many THANKS to Gert and her associates for the good work they do in the community.

There will be NO meeting on December 22nd due to the proximity to Christmas.

The next regular meeting of the Leduc club will be held on Thursday January 12th, 2012 at Smitty's Restaurant, Leduc. Those who want to eat arrive at 7:00pm, or earlier, with the actual meeting to start at 7:30pm. All members are encouraged to attend. Guests and prospective new members are welcome.

Programs - Spelling Bee

Our club is planning to hold a local, oral only, Spelling Bee in April of 2012. This is a new project for our club and four Leduc elementary schools expressed interest to participate with the anticipation of two Grade 5 students from each school. Varying prizes will be awarded to each student in the contest. This is meant to be an enjoyable event for the contestants and other attendees.
Knowing the importance of education, our club is hoping this type of reward/incentive for effort and achievement will spur on the student(s) to higher goals and a promising future.
Specific details of date, time and location will be posted when available. THANKS to the schools.

Friday, December 2, 2011


The next regular meeting of the Leduc Club is scheduled for Thursday, December 08th, 2011 at Smitty's Restaurant in Leduc. Those who intend to eat should arrive at 7:00pm ( or earlier ) and the actual meeting will start at 7:30pm. All members are encouraged to attend and any others interested in joining, or learning, about Optimist clubs.

We are pleased to announce that a new member to our Leduc Club was signed up as she attended the Zone 5 meeting on November 26th as a guest.
WELCOME to Callista Rooyakkers and THANKS to Trevor Adair for sponsoring her.

Please note that this is the meeting where members are requested to bring donations of non perishable food items for the Leduc Food Bank and also toys for the Santa's Helper Program in Leduc. The toys must be new and in the original packaging. These actions will, again, demonstrate our members' and club's spirit of caring for youth and the community.
A representative from the Food Bank should be on hand to receive the items.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


On Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at the Zone 5 Meeting in Saint Albert, members of the Leduc Club brought and donated quite a number of new items that were requested on the Stollery Children's Hospital Wish List.
Members from other clubs did likewise and it was a tremendous collection of much needed items for use by the children.
At the same meeting, a $500.00 Cash Donation Cheque from the Leduc Club was presented to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation; accepted by representative Beverly Sawchuk.

THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to the members of all the clubs for the individual and group generosities.

Friday, November 25, 2011


The next Optimist Zone 5 quarterly meeting will take place on Saturday, November 26th 2011 at 3:00pm in St. Albert at the Eagles Hall, 23 Rowland Crescent in Riel Park. All members are encouraged to attend.
Following that is the 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner of the St. Albert Club which starts at 6:00pm ( prior reservation required ) at the same location.

CONGRATULATIONS to the St. Albert Club for thirty years of helping the youth and community.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Since the majority of Leduc Optimist club members will be unable to attend our November 24th regular meeting for various reasons, it has been decided to cancel the get together.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 08, 2011 at Smitty's Restaurant, Leduc.

Monday, November 7, 2011


On Thursday, November 10th, the Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc will meet again at Smitty's Restaurant in Leduc. Arrive at 7:00pm, or earlier, for those who want to eat before the 7:30pm start of the meeting. All members and others interested are encouraged and welcome to attend. Thanks.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The next Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc regular meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Smitty's Restaurant in Leduc. Arrive at 7:00pm to order food and eat. The formal meeting begins at 7:30pm. All members are encouraged to attend. Guests and and prospective members are welcome.


On Saturday October 22, 2011, Leduc Black Gold Optimist members: Denise, Margaretha, Bob and Ray joined Edmonton Dinner Optimist Club members: Doreen, Ruby, John, Ron, Keivin and Brian to collect trash from a portion of Highway #2, south of Leduc. Approximately 16-18 large bags of waste and recycles were accumulated. Thanks to all for helping to clean our environment.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Leduc President

The Black Gold Optimist Club is pleased to annouce our 16th President, Optimist Ray, who believes in the 2011 - 2012 theme "Spiraling Upward".

In order to grow and better serve our community we need more members. Based on past projects about 30 youth are served per Optimist each year. Lets shoot for 1,000 kids per year from this year and forward.

Welcome Optimist Ray!!

Friday, September 16, 2011


The next Leduc Club regular meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at Smitty's Restaurant starting at 7:00pm, for those wishing to eat, and 7:30pm for the start of regular business. All members are encouraged to attend.


The 4th quarter zone board meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17/2011 at 10:00am in Leduc at the Leduc Legion located at #5210 - 50 Avenue. All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Optimist International Essay Contest

2011 Topic: "How my Positive Outlook Benefits my Community "

Who: Youth under the age of 18 as of December 31 of the current school year (December 31, 2011) who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent.

How To Enter: Interested students must contact Leduc Black-Gold Optimists. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at

Why: Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. Students must contact Opt Wyn McAra with Leduc Black-Gold Optimists.

Monday, September 5, 2011

September Meeting

President Shayne has asked me to advise you that our regular meeting, scheduled for Thursday Sept 8th. As President Shayne and VP Ray will be missing from this meeting, it will be chaired by LG Trevor. If you wish to eat, come at 7PM, but business/program portion will commence aprox 730P. Please bring the School Supples and food that you wish to donate to the Area food bank.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Castrol 50/50

A great big THANK YOU to all members who helped out with the sales and based on a number of successful events, the proceeds to our projects will benefit all of our Leduc Community.

We have one more event, in which we will be the sole sellers and this is the Super Chevy Show, to be held on Fri Sep 02/11 and operated by Team 02 from 6 to 9 pm.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wedding Bells for Lt Gov Trevor & Optimist Margaretha

Lieutenant Governor Trevor and Optimist Margaretha
are pleased to announce their engagement to married in
May 2012. Details are not available but the young couple
are thrilled to be making this announcement. Wedding is
to take place in Leduc, Alberta. Congratulations from the

Leduc Black Gold Optimist Club.

Monday, June 27, 2011


At the meeting: Doreen, Keivin, Brian and Ray were announced as 50/50 ticket sellers for Sunday, June 26th at Castrol Raceway.
A tentative date of Saturday, August 6th at 2:00pm was given for the Leduc Club Pot Luck Barbecue to be held at the home of John and Ruby Anderson in Edmonton (THANKS to them).
The next zone 5 meeting was proposed for September 17, 2011 at 10:00am in Leduc at the Leduc Legion.

Appreciation was proclaimed for members of the Leduc & District Minor Football Association connected to the PeeWee team for assistance in selling raffle tickets.
To Jessica Dalmer, Merri-Lee Oliver, Pete Cochrane and any others...a big THANK YOU!
A donation cheque made out to the LDMFA was presented to Merri-Lee Oliver at the meeting.

A donation cheque made out to the Leduc Fish & Game Youth Group (primarily for safety training) was presented to Darrel Baker on June 24th by Optimist president Shayne Beveridge.
Our thanks to Darrel for assisting in selling raffle tickets.

Friday, June 24, 2011


This is a new initiative for our club and Willow Park Elementary in Leduc is the first school selected for the award.

On Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the school awards assembly, the two Optimist Club Awards were announced and handed out to the deserving students.

The 2011 Female student recipient is:


Grade 6

Willow Park School - Leduc AB

The 2011 Male student recipient is:


Grade 3

Willow Park School - Leduc AB

We thank principal Rhonda Brunken and the school staff for allowing us to do this project and for creating the suitable guidelines.

Knowing the importance of education these days, our club is hoping this type of incentive for effort, achievement and concern for others will help to spur on all students to higher goals and promising futures. One female student and one male student were selected from a worthy group of nominees for this award. The document states that each selected student:

- Displays initiative, scholastic effort and academic achievement
- Demonstrates respect for school rules and the rights of others
- Promotes friendship among all students and staff
- Shows a willingness to be involved in school or community activities and events
- Has a respect for self, respect for others and is responsible for personal actions
- Best exemplifies the Optimist Creed ( which can be viewed by clicking on the Creed tab )

Congratulations to both students and their supportive families and teachers.

Friday, June 10, 2011


CONGRATULATIONS to Darren Chomyshen of Edmonton (on left), winner of the Edmonton Eskimos Gold Season Tickets raffle!

The draw in our raffle fundraiser for two Edmonton Eskimos Gold season tickets plus $300.00 in Concession Cards was held June 9th in Leduc and the ticket selected, from a lottery drum, was #0549.
A big THANK YOU to all who bought or sold tickets! It was successful with 875 sold out of 900 printed.

We also extend APPRECIATION to those community minded businesses who allowed us to sell raffle tickets at their locations which gave us visibility and contact with many football fans and other supportive people......another big THANK YOU!
This further enables our club to assist and develop Youth and Community activities and programs.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


The fundraiser raffle draw is tonight - June 9th, 2011 at Smitty's in Leduc. The holder of the winning ticket does not have to be present. The winner will be contacted by phone or email and postmail ( if that information was given ). The winner's name and ticket number will be posted on this website, once contact has been made.


Thursday, June 2, 2011


Regarding the Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc Raffle for Edmonton Eskimos Season Tickets and Concession Cards to be drawn on the evening of June 9th, 2011.

Unfortunately, a 25 ticket booklet of sold stubs and unsold tickets has been lost bearing ticket numbers 0301 to 0325.
Those tickets will not form part of the draw and will not be eligible for the prize.

Purchasers of tickets bearing numbers in that sequence should immediately call 780-318-0493 or 780-756-0493 to receive another ticket ( if available ) or a refund of the ticket cost.

The original ticket must be presented for a replacement or refund.

All other sold ticket numbers will be entered in the draw.

Our club regrets and apologizes for this occurrence . Thank you.

NOTE: This information is contained in an ad that appears in the LEDUC REP weekly newspaper issue of Friday, June 03, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Highway Clean-up

We help The Edmonton Dinner Optimists with their Highway clean-up.

The next event is this coming Saturday, June 4th. We leave the Leduc Boston Pizza Hut at 915A and return to Boston Pizza at approximately 1130A or earlier. Contact Optimist John or Keivin if you wish to help out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Our next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Thursday May 26th at Smitty's Family Restaurant in Leduc.
Topics for discussion will include the Bicycle Check and Safety Event to take place Saturday May 28th on the Canadian Tire parking lot and a progress report on the raffle fundraiser. There will also be other items brought forward as needed.

At the last meeting on May 12th, a donation was presented to a representative of Sunbeams ( a support and resource program for very young chldren ).

Saturday, April 30, 2011

You Are Invited To Join

Our group of men and women volunteers welcome anyone with similar interests to join us in working to assist and improve our youth and communities. The Leduc Black Gold Optimist Club was established in 1995 and we are associated with The Dinner Optimist Club of Edmonton which was started in 1925 ( the second oldest existing Optimist Club in Canada ). We are always open to new members and ideas !

Monday, March 21, 2011

You Are Invited To Join

Our group of men and women volunteers welcome anyone with similar interests to join us in working to assist and improve our youth and communities. The Leduc Black Gold Optimist Club was established in 1995. We are always open to new members and ideas!