We were honoured to be a part of today's official dedication of the community tennis courts, 25 years after their installation, now named the 'Bill and Connie Graham Courts' after the couple who spearheaded the whole endeavour and gave so generously to make it happen. It's an inspiring history to know all of the people and hard work that went into making these courts, now enjoyed by so many, a possibility. Our club was instrumental in presenting two significant fundraisers which provided funds not only to complete these courts, but also benefitted the Volunteer Fire Department and the Jaws of Life.
Much thanks to David Shaw whose recently written history of how the courts came to be inspired Catherine Jonkhans and Liz Place of the Port Franks Tennis League to push for the official recognition of Bill and Connie Graham and the installation of signage. Kudos to Council members for approving it, and to Ashley Farr (Director of Community Services) for expediting the whole process. The dedication was well attended by Mayor and Council as well as representatives from the Tennis League, our club, Graham family members and friends, and community members.
This document presents the story of how these two courts, that are so actively used and supported by residents of Port Franks and surrounding communities, got started – the idea for their undertaking, the persons who worked to make it happen, and the fundraising efforts that put the courts in place.
Welcome to two new members! Betty Urbanski and Fran McCordic have joined our club and they're ready to bring out the best in youth, our community and themselves! New members are always very welcome. The ladies are presented their membership certificates by VP Paul Petersen and Charter members Ron Huxley and Jim Waite. Congratulations!
Exciting news! Optimist International's 2023 visual arts competition received submissions from young artists from clubs across the world, and we are thrilled to announce that the work of Amelia Legut-Petersen, granddaughter to our club's VP Paul Petersen and his wife Doris, was chosen as a winner! Her artwork will be featured in the Optimist International 2024 calendar. Congratulations Amelia!
What a wonderful afternoon! We were thrilled to have several Charter Members attend our 40th Anniversary Open House, including our Charter President Len Belton! In attendance as well was our SWONT District Governor John Ruth and his wife Carol. Many members both past and present were justifiably proud to celebrate our club’s past achievements and community members dropped in to let us know they appreciate what we do. What a feeling! Congratulations to committee members who worked hard to make this a really special event! Click on the image to see more.
Congratulations to Mary-Lou Glenn of Thedford who won $4,110 in our latest 5050 Raffle! She was presented with her cheque by Treasurer Derek Scott. On the left is President Tony Puzara and on the right is Vice President Paul Petersen. Have fun with your winnings Mary-Lou and thanks for supporting us and Thedford Optimist Club! Many thanks again to our Early Bird prize sponsors Garrett Pedlar of The Pedlar Team - Re/max Bluewater Realty Grand Bend and Peter Rastonis of Port Franks Charters. We do a lot of good and we have a good time doing it! Don't forget to drop by our 40th Anniversary Open House this Sunday 1-4pm and help us celebrate! We also have a Meat Draw at Grog's Pub and Grill this Saturday 2-4pm. Maybe you'll be a lucky winner too!
We are so thrilled to have three baskets set up for our disc golf pilot project! This is a necessary step in order to show the municipality that a full, permanent course is a great idea. We've had lots of positive and excited comments on our social media so we hope that the community embraces this new sport. The baskets are located at the Port Franks Community Centre.
Our core team was out all day yesterday working security at the dragway in Grand Bend. We do this every year. The donation we receive for doing so goes to offset membership fees for our club members. This is the second year we’ve also had a presence selling 5050 tickets for our raffle, which we really appreciate A LOT! We topped $6K in our pot today and the final draw is still a month away - www.OurOptimist5050.ca for tickets.
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