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C-U Optimist Bulletin- November 20

Posted by Jonathan Fields on December 3, 2008 at 8:17 AM
Next Meeting- Thursday, December 4
Perkins Restaurant, Urbana 6:00 pm
Tim Manard, Prairieland Boy Scouts, Learning For Life, is our guest speaker.

November 20th
President Jim called the meeting to order. Carlos led the pledge and Mason led the invocation. Gary O?Brien, WDWS-AM personality, spoke to us about his career. He began in the community in 1982 by booking and promoting shows at the Assembly Hall. After 21 years, he came to work afternoons on WDWS and has a talk show that interviews interesting people. Henry Winkler was his first guest. Gary became active in the Big Brother program in 2000. In 2002 he adopted his son, Justin, meeting him through that program.

? Pictures of the presentation of money to the park districts were circulated.

? Laura sent around the shift chart for the tree lot. Trees arrive November 29th. Please sign up for your fair share of shifts.

? Gene, Howard, Walt, Jim M, Jim S, Fred and Mason set up the tree lot. Thanks to Carlos for arranging for the tent.

? Gene announced that 15 Head Start kids and 14 Family Service kids need gifts. Shoppers are Barb, Andrea, Laura, Carlos, Miriam, Joan, Jeanette. Rocking horse painters are Jim and Connie.

? Mason passed out HS Senior scholarship applications to members. They are available at all area high schools.

? Door prizes were won by Gene, Jim, and Gary O?Brien.

Birthday            Anniversary       
1 Carl Martin        16 Justin & Amy Lopez
2 Lorna Morgan   26 Tom & Bobbie Herakovich
2 Amy Lopez        31 Jack & Sally Widholm
3 Tony Remesch   
8 Peggy Kovacic   
9 Evelyn Danneberger
15 Mason Minnes
22 Judy Pece
24 Shirley Furtney
29 Bobbie Herakovich
30 Erin Mullins

Essay Contest topic- ?The Power of Youth?
Oratorical Contest topic-?For Me, Optimism is. .?

"Optimists- Friend of Youth-
Bringing Out The Best In Kids."

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International web site:

Upcoming Events     
December 4 Tim Manard, Learning for Life program-Prairieland Boy Scouts
December 18 Optimist Christmas Party-Joyce Remesch, chair
January 8
January 22 Essay Winner dines with us!
February 5
February 7 Regional meeting Taylorville
February 19 Oratorical Contest ?For Me, Optimism Is . . .?
March 5
March 19 Children Challenge Awards
April 2
May 21 Respect For Law
June 4 High School Scholarship winners
June 6 Fishing Derby- Kaufman Lake
June 15-17 Illinois District Junior World of Golf at Red Tail Run G.C., Decatur

Never spend your money before you have it. 
Thomas Jefferson

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