We enjoyed our last dinner meeting before breaking for the summer. Our next general meeting will be the first Tuesday in September. As per tradition, members enjoyed a delicious steak or chicken dinner - grilled to perfection! Thanks to our master grillers Paul and Jim!
We were pleased to welcome a special guest - Cindy Henry, Charter President of the newly formed CKSPFN Optimists. A gift basket donated by the Huxley family was raffled off, with the proceeds being donated to the Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation in CKSPFN's name as the new club's first official donation.
It was also special to have APF's Charter President attend this dinner meeting! Len Belton and his wife Pearl made it in from Sarnia to offer congratulations on the wonderful growth and accomplishments achieved, and also to heckle Ron Huxley mercilessly about his golf skills.
We had three charter members present.
Our Club set out to collect 100 NEW items in this Optimist 100th Anniversary Year. Fran Bell asked that Club members donate Adult or Children’s Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Slippers, socks or underwear and also travel sized toiletries. How wonderful that our club surpassed this goal bringing in 400 items! These items will be turned over to Lambton County charities including Women’s Interval House and Inn of the Good Shepherd.
The weather may have been chilly, but hearts were warm at this evening's first ever general meeting of the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Optimist Club MINO BIMAADIZIWIN! Members from the APF and Forest clubs were welcomed to attend the excellent BBQ and pot luck. Forging friendships, supporting each other, and uniting communities! Congratulations on your new club we can't wait to see all of the great work you will do!
L-R- President Forest Optimists Ken McRae, President APF Optimists Walt Michielsen, President KSPMB Cindy Henry, Chief Jason Henry, Tracy Huxley, Ron Huxley (Front row) Jeffrey 'Red Dog' George, Vice President KSPMB Wes Monague
We had a good turn out at our AGM. A lot of fun social time was had, before we got down to the business of elections for the next term. Congratulations to Fran Bell who will be the incoming president in October. Jeffrey 'Red' George and Karen Puzara will be our two vice presidents. We have some new faces on our board of directors as well. Congratulations to all!
Walt Michielsens will be serving as our past president, as he continues to make incredible contributions to our club and community. Under his leadership, the membership has grown, many new initiatives have been introduced, we have sponsored a new club and reached out to our neighbouring communities in many tangible and positive ways. Thank you Walt for bringing us to the #1 club and district in the WORLD (not just a figure of speech, we are actually according to Optimist International!) Walt will of course continue to serve as president until October.
At the Optimist Second-quarter Conference spirits were high being number 1 Region and also number 1 District of Optimist International!
Ausable Port Franks Optimists have alot to be proud of.
President Walter Michielsens (also APFO President and SWONT LT. Governor) was very proud and honoured to receive Awards and Banner patches for the great work our club does.
The International Candidates Committee met in Nov. and beginning of Feb. to discuss qualified Candidates for positions of International President, Vice President (x8),and Board of Directors (x2).
When the nominations were released for public knowledge it was announced that our very own Tracy Huxley has been nominated by the Candidates Qualification Committee of 7 members including 4 past Presidents and 3 members at large.
Any other member of the Region can enter their own self nomination should they feel they want to run in an election against Tracy Huxley. In event no one submits an additional name, Tracy Huxley will be acclaimed as the 2020-2021 Vice President of the Northeast Great Lakes Region
President Walter Michielsens of the Ausable Port Franks Optimist is proud to present Jeffery Red George with an award to honor his exceptional dedication to our club and our community
Our Club was proud to sponsor a new club at Kettle Point - lots of enthusiasm! Great things are happening around here!