Meat draws take place at Grogs Restaurant – 3rd Saturday of the month from Sept – May
Grogs Restaurant from 2 pm to 4pm
A strip of tickets for 24 draws is $10.00. Prizes include meat, eggs, lottery tickets and various gift prizes. We also hold a 50/50 draw at a cost of 3 tickets for $5.00. Come out and support the club or send your money and someone will be nice enough to watch your tickets and give you a shout if you are a winner.
It's fun! This month's winner of a lotto ticket donated it back to the club - thanks!
With so much going on we often take things for granted - like our Arts & Stuff program which runs every Wednesday evening at the community centre. It's only right to acknowledge its success and the special Optimist who keeps it going. Thank you so much Sonja Collinet for keeping Arts & Stuff alive and well, providing such an important artistic outlet for our community! You can see pictures of all the fun by visiting this page. It's also wonderful to have acknowledgement from the local media. Here is an article from the February 13, 2020 issue of the Lambton Middlesex Standard:
Our Free to Create Youth Art Exhibition and Sale is coming up - a chance for kids age 5 to 18 to express their creativity, be part of a great show, win cash awards and even sell their work. We're part of the Arts, Eats and Beats Tour again - such a great opportunity! Don't miss out!
For all you need to know about registration, rules and more please visit https://freetocreateyouth.weebly.com/
Although it seems weird to be posting this as I'm 'blowing my own horn' it sure was a great honour to be recognized for my efforts on the club's sites and social media at the February general meeting! It is my privilege to serve this club thank you!
The dinner social was a great time of fellowship! We all enjoyed the excellent meal prepared and served by President Karen Puzara and a team of wonderful volunteers.
We were happy to hear an informative presentation from Brittnee, a representative of The Sunshine Foundation. President Karen Puzara presented a cheque on behalf of our club and several members bought stuffed Sunshine Bears to support the effort. The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a charity that changes the lives of kids living with severe physical disabilities, and their families, through their dream programs. Unlike other similar organizations, a Sunshine dream experience is not a child's last wish but an opportunity that leads to a brighter, more hopeful future. To learn more about this very worthwhile organization please be sure to visit their website by clicking on their logo below.
Congratulations my beautiful Ausable-Port Franks for being a Distinguished Club in 2018/2019!
This took dedication and teamwork and a focus on bringing out more than the best in our children, our community and ourselves.
There were 2279 clubs at the end of the year. Only 4% made it to Distinguished status. 4 PERCENT, seriously! That’s like Mensa of the Optimist world.
Now to mention that our very own Walter Michielsen has been credited with Distinguished Lt Governor status for the 2018/2019 year as well! This meant that the Clubs in Zone 8 did an outstanding job bringing more Optimism to our area last year.
You make me proud APF. Let’s keep it going. With every loss, we must plan for an add. Let’s not ride a rollercoaster of membership. We need quality, dedicated and engaged members to join our already incredibly amazing bunch. See Optimism in everyday life. And look for Optimism in our everyday people. Than ask them to join us. The kids are counting on us to keep it up at the same caliber and in the same direction we’re already going.
From our president Karen Puzara:
For Optimists February is significant as the first Thursday of February is recognized internationally by Optimist clubs as Optimist Day. Members are encouraged to wear Optimist attire and speak proudly of Optimism, what it stands for and what as members we do in our community. In a world facing so many challenges we should be proud to belong to a club whose focus is to conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth and spreading our positive attitude. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live.
Read her full message and get caught up on everything with our February newsletter courtesy of our wonderful secretary Linda Attard:
We are offering two Sundays this month! Our first was January 19th at Kimball Hall in Forest and we will be at the Optimist Centre in Port Franks on the the 26th. Fun family activities from noon until 3:00 p.m. - free admission! Lunch available for purchase until 1:30 p.m.
We offer our sincere condolences to Past President Walt Michielsens and his family on the death of his mother Agnes, another grievous loss less than a month after losing his father.