Monday, June 24, 2013

The Next Club Meeting is on Thursday June 27th (before the July & August summer break of no meetings)

A regular meeting will be held on Thursday June 27th before the summer break; located in the back section of Smitty's Restaurant Leduc beginning at 7:30pm. Those wishing to personally order food/dinner should arrive between 6:30 - 7:00pm. Guests / information seekers / prospective new members are most welcome to attend.
No scheduled Optimist Club meetings take place in July or August. They resume in September with a Zone 5 meeting on Saturday September 7th in the Leduc Legion starting at 11:00am and a regular Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc meeting on Thursday September 12 in Smitty's Leduc at 7:30pm.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Winner Picked in 2013 Raffle Fundraiser Draw

The winning ticket #0932 was drawn, at random, from a lottery drum in the Black Gold Optimist Club 2013 Raffle Fundraiser Draw at our meeting on Thursday evening June 13th.
The happy winner was Lisa P. who received two 2013 Edmonton Eskimos Gold Season Tickets
PLUS $350.00 in Eskimos Gift & Concessions Cards (to spend at the games).
Congratulations to the winner and Thanks for her support as well as all other purchasers.

Lisa receives the personally delivered tickets and cards from Optimists Ray & Connie (photoing)
The winning ticket is randomly picked
Leduc Composite High School Tigers Football Team players stand ready to assist in the Draw

Donation Handed Off to the Leduc Composite High School Tigers Football Team

At the Thursday June 13th meeting of the Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc, a donation of $1000.00 was presented to the Leduc Composite High School Tigers football team. Thanks were expressed by the Optimist Club to the team for their assistance in selling some of the Optimist fundraiser raffle tickets which benefitted both the team and the community.

Optimist Ray hands off the donation cheque to the team backfield while others guard on offence.
 Team coach Britain Olischefski surveys the action, with approval, from the background.
Congratulations to the team and our Club for the efforts in another SOLD OUT Raffle Fundraiser

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Our Next Meeting Will Take Place on Thursday June 13th

Our next regular meeting of the Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc will take place on Thursday June 13th in the back section of Smitty’s Restaurant Leduc starting at 7:30pm. Those wishing to personally order food / dinner should arrive at 6:30 – 7:00pm.

All members are encouraged to attend as this is a significant one.
Our Raffle Draw will take place; members of the Leduc High School Tigers football team are expected to attend to receive their $1000.00 donation cheque for assisting in ticket sales; a representative from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is scheduled to be present to receive our $500.00 donation which will be matched (during the May 1 – August 25 period) by Canadian National Railways, thus providing Stollery with $1000.00. The LPGA Canadian Open Golf Tournament, sponsored by CNR, is being held in Edmonton this year at Royal Mayfair and Stollery is the designated charity to receive funds raised by the event.

Guests / information seekers and prospective new members are most welcome to attend any of our meetings. Thanks.

Highway Roadside Spring Clean-up Completed on Saturday June 8th by Optimist Club Members

Equipped with pointed and gripping poles and suitable clothing / footwear, twelve Optimist Club members removed trash and recyclables from a designated section of Highway #2 south of Leduc starting at 9:00- 9:30am on Saturday June 8th.
Happily, the roadside was fairly clean with only seven full bags of trash and one of recyclables collected; which compares to an often double digit total.
Denise, Connie, Trevor, Bob, Ray attended from the Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc together with Ruby, Maria, John, Doug, Ron, Terry, Keivin from the Dinner Optimist Club of Edmonton.
Congratulations and Thanks for a job well done to improve the environment.
Appreciation was expressed to the Edmonton Club for providing a lunch following the chore.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Assistance Provided at a Fundraiser for the International Children's Festival in St. Albert

On Saturday June 1st, starting at 6:00am, four Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc members (Barbara, Ian, Connie, Ray) assisted the St. Albert Optimist Club at their annual pancake / sausage breakfast fundraiser for the International Children's Festival held between May 28 - June 1, 2013.
The St. Albert Club donates all the pancake, sausage, juice and serving supplies, plus the people to set up and make it all happen. A three person crew from Atco Gas ( with their special burner plate units) attends to cook the pancakes while the Optimists cook the sausages and serve the Festival volunteers and the paying public.
The funds from all breakfasts sold go to the Festival for their operating expenses.
Thousands attend this long running Festival and everyone, especially the children enjoy this huge party of exhibits, acts, performers and food.
Congratulations to the organizers and the St. Albert Optimist Club.....well done.

Leduc Optimist Club Members Assist at The Rodeo of Smiles

On the morning of Friday May 31st, five Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc members (Denise, Margaretha, Trevor, Bob, Ray)  assisted at the Rodeo of Smiles staged in an arena within the Leduc Recreation Centre in conjunction with the Black Gold Professional Rodeo held over the weekend..
Special needs children attended to enjoy a number of fun, simulated rodeo events.
The smiles and laughter from the participants make it a special day for all involved. One hundred and sixty-five ruler sets, for the children, were also donated by the Leduc Optimist Club together with the Edmonton Dinner Optimist Club.

From the left: spiffy Optimists Denise, Trevor, Bob, Margaretha with Ray snapping the photo

The Western RV Jumper (enclosed trampoline) was one of the fun events manned by members