Friday, December 21, 2012
A picture of the wonderful philanthropists Robert and Shirley Stollery hangs in the background.
Congratulations to Optimist Denise who handed in the first SOLD booklet, with cash, on Dec. 16th.
Leduc Estates School has accepted our offer to present Certificates of Personal Achievement and Community Spirit (with Bursaries) to one female and one male student in 2013. School staff select the deserving recipients.
Manager Gert Reynar of the Leduc Food Bank was on hand to receive personal, member donations of food and household items plus toys and other gifts for the Santa's Helpers program. THANKS to the members for your generosity and to Gert and her associates for the good work they perform.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
is in Beaumont; 7-9 Feb 2013. This is one of the tournaments towards
the 2013 U-18 Optimist International Curling Championships in Surrey
& Langley on March 27-31/2013. For details visit
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Prospective new volunteer members and guests are welcome to attend our meetings.
Optikids Christmas Party and Sleigh Ride is on Sunday,
December 16th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the
Britannia/Youngstown Community League Hall, 15927
- 105 Ave. Edmonton. All Optikids are invited to attend.
Please call Optimist Beryl at 780-459-3153 with names and ages of children attending.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Prospective new volunteer members and guests are welcome to attend our meetings. Our only criteria is a desire to help youth and community.
November 22nd is the 49th anniversary of the death of U.S. President John F Kennedy who was quoted to say: "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."
President Ray will be away and Vice-President Denise will chair the meeting.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Continue thinking about matters for discussion.
Potential new members and/or guests are welcome to attend.
NOTE: The Zone 5 first quarter meeting has been announced as hosted by the St. Albert clubs.
The date is
Monday, October 22, 2012
Those wanting to personally order food and eat should arrive at 7:00 PM, or earlier, with the actual meeting to start at 7:30 PM. Please formulate ideas and points for discussion.
I think it was vaguely mentioned that the Wallace clan would be away on a cruise from October 23 until November 10. If that is the actual time period, we say....Bon Voyage!
Guests and potential new members are most welcome to attend.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The annual Leduc club President's Award Plaques were presented to deserving members for their efforts over the 2011-2012 year. President Ray hands out the awards in the photos below:
Monday, October 8, 2012
The annual member awards and recognitions will be announced based on the past 2011-2012 Optimist year. Please make every effort to attend.
Guests and potential new members seeking information on our activities and programs are cordially invited to attend. We welcome new members and ideas.
Nineteen bags of garbage and one bag of recyclable bottles, cans and containers were accumulated.
GOOD WORK and THANKS to all who attended and helped to clean up a part of our environment.
Appreciation is extended to the Edmonton Club for a lunch provided after the event
Sunday, September 30, 2012
A Letter of Thanks was read out from the Leduc Food Bank for our donations of school supplies, food and cash brought to them on September 17, 2012.
Another was received from the Stollery Foundation for our past contributions and an appeal for further support if we are able.
The fall highway #2 roadside clean up project conducted by the Edmonton Dinner Optimist Club and assisted by the Leduc Club members is scheduled for Saturday, October 06, 2012. Please arrive in front of Boston Pizza in Leduc before 9:00 AM which is the time that we depart to the section that is to be cleaned. Please advise Ray if you are able to attend, so we can have a number to work with.
Dress should be appropriate for the task and weather. Thanks.
DONATION to LEDUC LEGION at the meeting:
Mabel Armour from the Royal Canadian Legion Leduc Branch 108 was on hand to be formally presented with the LED lighted OPEN sign which we have purchased and donated to the organization hoping to increase traffic through the facility and assist with the worthy endeavours of the Legion. Verbal and written thanks were given to our club.
Monday, September 24, 2012
New elected and appointed executive members for 2012-2013 include:
Vice President - Denise Stamp
Recording Secretary - Margaretha Reimer
Treasurer - Bob Scott
Guests and potential new members are invited and most welcome to attend the meeting.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Since a representative was not able to be present at our meeting, a club member delivered the items to the Food Bank on Monday, September 17, 2012.
There were 29 pounds of school supplies and 93 pounds of food items, plus the $200.00 cash cheque.
Appreciation was expressed by the Leduc Food Bank.
Seventeen Optimist members from various clubs attended.
Outgoing Lieutenant Governor (LG) Peggy Dick addressed the group on pertinent matters and introduced the incoming LG (Geoff Connor) who will take over on October 1, 2012. The clubs presented reports on their activities for the past period and some future endeavours.
An enjoyable lunch was provided, followed by the annual Horseshoe Challenge on the public grounds behind the Legion Hall. Glen Kreller from The St. Albert club and Clint Sopchyshyn from the Edmonton Dinner club teamed up to outduel the three other pairs in competition and place first.
Thanks to all who attended.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Leduc Food Bank has provided information on some back to SCHOOL SUPPLIES that are needed:
- Scientific Calculators
- Grade One & Kindergarten lined exercise books. 72 pages in size and usually in blue or green colours on the covers.
- Fine felt, coloured, non-toxic pens - perhaps by Crayola.
- Duo Tangs
- Primary Scissors (rounded)
- Coil Scribblers
Please bring some of these supplies, if possible, as a personal donation that we can take or hand over to the food bank.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
PRESIDENTS & ALL MEMBERS
Reminder that two important forms MUST be sent to OI by AUGUST 31ST.
1. PRESIDENT CITATION
2. PRESIDENT PRIDE REPORT ( This is early for this year only)
ZONE 5 MEETING --
SEPT. 8TH. 11 AM
PLEASE come and support your INCOMING LG Geoff Connor, there he will receive is LG Pin and the Banners. There may be a couple of other surprises.
Please contact LG Peggy Dick with the number of members from your Club that will be attending, this is so we have a count for lunch. Then stay after lunch and join the fun at the annual Horse Shoe Tourny.... See if your club can beat last years winners!!!!!!!
|This was the last photo taken because suddenly the camera broke|
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE HAD A GREAT SUMMER-- NOW ITS TIME TO GO BACK AND START INCREASING YOUR MEMBERSHIPS.
Peggy Dick - LG Zone 5
780 - 471 - 6883 (Leave message)
Friday, July 13, 2012
A couple of the dates provided to us have been cancelled. The Castrol Raceway event will go ahead but some of the minor events such as Street Legal the 50/50 will not be run. We may be re-assigned dates so stay posted for the latest news.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Optimist members brought personal donations of non-perishable food items and a club donation cheque of $200.00 was also presented for the Food Bank.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc offers this chance to acknowledge two outstanding students to a different Leduc area elementary school each year on a rotational basis. School staff choose the recipients.
Knowing the importance of education, 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. Two students 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 (view by clicking the Creed tab)
CONGRATULATIONS to both students and their supportive families and teachers.
Optimist member Bob Scott holds the Cash Bursary envelope while the smiling Male recipient Jesse Johnson holds the framed Certificate.
Optimist member Denise Stamp is shown with the beaming Female recipient Alexandra Haberman and the presented Certificate. Her Cash Bursary is safely tucked away in a gift bag.
It was a real pleasure for us to be in the midst of all the great students, teachers and staff at Notre Dame School (as it was at another school last year).
THANK YOU for allowing us to try and help to " Bring out the Best in Kids"; which parents and teachers do on an every day basis.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Optimist member Denise, on the left, presents the cheque to Jennifer Neufeld of the L&DMFA
Friday, June 15, 2012
The winning ticket was #0044 purchased by Mark Hughes of Edmonton.
He has been contacted by phone and the prize package of two Edmonton Eskimos Gold Season Tickets plus $325.00 in an Eskimos Gift and Concessions Card (to use at the games) will be personally delivered. The total package value is $1211.00. The first home game (pre-season) is on Thursday June 21st, starting at 7:00pm.
Impartial ticket picker Dan Cloutier has selected the winning raffle ticket from the lottery drum as Optimist Brian looks on.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mark and a big THANK YOU to all ticket purchasers and sellers.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Seven bags of trash and one of recycles were collected.....much better (less) than the previous fall cleanup.
Lunch at Boston Pizza followed to cap a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavour.
THANKS to all who attended and helped to tidy up our environment.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The poor lighting quality of this picture does not show the nifty cowboy hats that Optimist Denise, on the left, and Optimist Bob are wearing, but the spiffy bandanas and happy smiles are evident.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Optimist Margaretha Adair, on the left, is shown presenting the funds to Legion member Mabel Armour.
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting on June 14th will see the Football Raffle Draw take place. All the tickets have been sold We greatly appreciate the fantastic support for this project. We also want to thank the Leduc & District Minor Football (L&DMFA) for all of their support and a representative will be at this meeting to accept a donation cheque.
There are only two more meetings before the July & August summer break when no meetings take place. Please make every effort to attend the remaining meetings. Guests and prospective new members are always welcome to attend.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
There are only three more meetings before the July & August summer break when no meetings take place. Please make every effort to attend the remaining meetings.
Guests and prospective new members are always welcome to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting on June 14th will see the Football Raffle Draw take place.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sunbeams is a program for 4 to 7 year olds that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis. Through a 6 week peer support plan of action the participants process their feelings, build self-esteem and learn positive coping tools to last a lifetime.
Such good work at an important stage in a child's development is applauded by our club.
We also thank Loretta and Evalon Maisonneuve for their assistance in our club's fundraising efforts which make donations such as this possible.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
This is an even more important meeting than usual as we need to present names and vote for club positions to start the new Optimist year on October 1st. PLEASE Make Every Effort To ATTEND.
Remember that meetings are not held in July or August for our summer break, so we need to handle and complete programs and activities in the next four meetings.
Prospective new volunteer members and guests are always welcome. Come join us! Giving our time and effort to try and make a difference.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: Due to a banquet taking place in the back section of Smitty's, our meeting will be held in the lower section of the SHADES bar/lounge which is located within the same building.
All members are encouraged to attend. Guests and prospective new members are WELCOME!
Congratulations to all Optimist members on the completion of our club's first Local Spelling Bee held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108 Leduc on Saturday April 21st. Those members who were able to attend pitched in to help and make it a successful event. Thanks.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Four Leduc elementary schools each chose two Grade 5 students to be contestants. The participating schools were: Christian Covenant, Leduc Estates, Notre Dame, and Willow Park.
Contestants were identified by a numbered tag before the start of the competition.
After eliminations were completed, each contestant received: a Certificate of Participation, gifts, and a cash prize of varying amounts - according to his or her final placement. Ribbons were also awarded for First, Second and Third places.
The first place finisher was Madi of Notre Dame School, second place went to Noah of Willow Park School and third place was secured by Rayden of Notre Dame School.
The Leduc Optimists service club extends Congratulations to all the worthy contestants and Thanks to the schools and teachers in charge of recommending the students.
Appreciation is expressed to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108, Leduc for providing the room, the Leduc Staples Business Depot for the gift of a Webster Canadian Dictionary/Thesaurus to each contestant and Leduc Radio (G8WAY) Community Radio for assistance with the audio system.
The contestants are lined up with their bags of goodies as Optimists Peggy and Ray hold the club banner.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Our next regular meeting takes place on Thursday, March 08, 2012 in the back section of Smitty’s Restaurant Leduc. Those wanting to order themselves food and eat should arrive
at 7:00pm ( or earlier ) with the actual meeting to start at 7:30pm.
Dori Wearmouth from Early Childhood Resources ( ECR ) is planning to attend and provide additional information on the Sunbeams program which deals with 4 - 8 year old children who need varied types of support. A donation cheque will be presented.
All members are encouraged to attend and prospective new members and guests are welcome.
Friday, March 2, 2012
*MARCH 2ND - MARCH 4TH, 2012
* THISTLE CURLING CLUB EDMONTON, AB
Twelve teams are now competing for the National Playdown's in Toronto.
For the latest standings visit:
- GIRLS /http://www.northernalbertacurling.com/ViewPlaydown.aspx?id=64
Thursday night a fantatstic reception and banquet was held. About 80 attended including Optimists from Northern Alberta and Calgary.
All Optimits are welcome and urged to attend this weekend's Playdowns.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Congratulations and Thanks to the Blackfalds members.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Any other persons with an interest to become volunteer members of our club, or a desire for more information on the Optimist movement, are welcome. We are always open to, and seek, new people to expand our abilities and provide other ideas. THANKS!