Saturday July 20th (arrive at 3:00pm) has been set as the date for the Leduc Optimist Club members summer barbecue get together at the home of Ray & Connie. As in the past, a grilling steak, baked potato, coffee or tea and water will be provided by the club. This is a BYOB event, if you wish to consume alcohol beverages. PLEASE BRING A POT LUCK DISH (enough for 15-20 people to sample) to round out the menu. Bring portable chairs, if possible. Non-member spouses are invited, of course. This event is to THANK members for their efforts. IMPORTANT: Please advise Ray (RSVP) if you are able to attend. We need to get a firm number to order the steaks and potatoes.
At the Thursday June 27th regular meeting, new members Barbara Davies and Ian Rodger received their framed Optimist Member Certificates. Their joining date was February 25, 2013 but things and timing conspired to delay the presentation until the recent meeting when they were warmly welcomed officially.
Barbara and Ian have been active, enthusiastic and appreciated members since joining and we THANK them for that.
Club President Ray (in the center) presents the Certificates
For the third year, the Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc awarded a framed Certificate of Personal Achievement and Community Spirit plus a Cash Bursary to one female and one male student at a Leduc elementary school. The award is rotated to a different school each year and school staff select the recipients, from any Grade, based on criteria stated in the Certificate: The student
recipient is one who:
* 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 as stated below:
Promise Yourself ~
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you
meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too
happy to permit the presence of trouble.
The 2013 female recipient (in Grade 6) receives the award from Optimist member Denise
Optimist member Ray presents the award to the 2013 male recipient (in Grade 1)
Congratulations to the two deserving award recipients who were selected from a list of worthy nominees put forward by school staff members. Our club hopes this type of incentive for effort, achievement and concern for others will spur on students to higher goals and promising futures.
Thanks to the school involved for making it a fun and notable presentation, starting at 1:00 pm, in the gymnasium before the whole student body, teachers, some parents and guests. The cooperation was much appreciated. An entertaining Student Talent Show followed our presentation.
On the morning of Tuesday June 25th, a Black Gold Optimist Club of Leduc member visited the Edmonton office of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation and presented a $500.00 cheque.
Because the LPGA - CN sponsored Canadian Open is being held at the Royal Mayfair golf course and the Stollery Foundation is the designated local charity, CN will match any donation (up to $5,000.00) made between May 1st and August 25th. Thus our $500.00 donation becomes $1000.00 to the Foundation.
Congratulations to CN on a generous and worthy endeavour. Thanks to the Stollery Hospital for the essential and valuable services provided for children in a wide region.
Optimist Ray and Beverly Sawchuk from the Stollery Foundation display the donation
A picture of renowned philanthropists Robert and Shirley Stollery is in the background