Thank you Optimist President Walter Michielsens and Director-Elect Kim Kowall!! President-Elect
Fran Bell who volunteers at the Thedford Country Manor, was concerned that the residents had a raised bed to plant veggies but no soil. Walter made it happen with help from Kim and the donation of plants from Roelands Plants.
APF President Walter Michielsens presented a cheque for $1250.00 to Trish Wilcox of the Lambton Shores Lightning Athletic Association. President elect Fran Bell presented a cheque for $200. The Lambton Shores Lightning are the Ontario Rural Softball Association bantam girls’ champions. They have qualified for the 2019 Youth Softball Nationals to be held in Elizabethtown, Kentucky., in July. The team is in its third year and plays its home games in Arkona. Good luck ladies! We are proud of you and happy to support your efforts.
Back row: Councillor Lorie Scott; Savanna and Trish Wilcox of the Lambton Lightning, APF President and SWONT Lt. Gov. Walter Michielsens, Front Row: APF President Elect Fran Bell
Photo credit: Garrett Pedlar
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.