With 44 kids participating, our fishing derby was an unqualified success! Click on the image below to see the fun:
Our Canada Day Family Picnic was a super fun and exciting event! Click on the image below to see more:
Another thing off of our Optimists' to do list. We've completed work on the playground tarmac games project. Special Thanks to Dawn, Karen, Frank, Lorie, Ed and Tony. Please come check it out!
What a great meeting our members enjoyed last evening. We had a tasty barbeque outside at the pavilion. Fellowship, getting caught up, and welcoming quite a few guests who we hope will soon become members made for a wonderful evening. Our president Karen Puzara spoke about all of the initiatives our club has undertaken to fulfill our mandate despite the challenges of the past two years. We innovated and persevered to keep our connection with and support for the youth in our communities. Looking forward, we are excited about the return of our Canada Day Celebration, plans for youth summer day camps, the new Ice and Water Safety program we are implementing, our Free to Create youth art exhibition, and fun upgrades to the playground area. Ron Huxley was a proud father as he shared the news of his daughter Tracy's successful bid for Optimist International President Elect - making history as the second generation in the same family to fill the office. We also had the opportunity to see the finished renovations on our meeting hall, thanks to many volunteer hours and the able leadership of Paul Petersen it is an amazing transformation! Of course we also had an update on our current fundraiser 50/50 raffle - it's gaining momentum and we appreciate all of the support. Buy your tickets at www.OurOptimist5050.ca there are some great early bird prize packages to win!
Congratulations to Derek Hemington of Grand Bend and thanks to our generous prize sponsor Peter Rastonis of Port Franks Charters!
Grab tickets here: www.OurOptimist5050.ca
Early Bird Prize # 2 - draw date July 1 st - Luxury night’s stay at Oakwood Inn + golf for 2 + $100.00 gift card for the Tipsy Pelican - Total value $375
Congratulations to our own Tracy Huxley! Tracy’s run for President elect has been successful! We are all so thrilled and proud but her father - a past President of Optimist International himself - and mother are over the moon. Optimism runs in the family! Tracy is going to fulfill this role with competence, industry, compassion and vision.
Thanks to all of The Ausable Port Franks Optimist members who helped make these pins and the staff at Lizzy’s, Grog’s and McPherson’s who helped distribute them. Our great community supported this idea and together we raised $599 for Red Cross efforts in Ukraine which, combined with our Optimist Club donation and the profit from our Ukrainian Easter Egg workshop, brings our total to $1000. Great job everyone!
Bringing out the best in youth, in our communities and in ourselves.