Sophia Weller was the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and was awarded with a $300 check for her accomplishments. On Thursday evening, February 22nd, she along with the second place finisher Devin Whitlock ($200 award) and third place finisher Andrew Irons ($100 award) read their essays to the club. The students were accompanied to the meeting by their family and meals were provided by our club. This year’s topic was “Can Society Function without Respect?” Nineteen essays were turned in by the deadline and the difficult job of judging all the essays was completed by club members Dr. Craig Miller, Al Miller and John Peruzze. Sophia’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. To read the top three essays and essays from previous years, click on the above link Essay Contest under Youth Service Projects.
Pictured (L-R) is Sophia Weller, the winner of this year’s essay contest, 3rd place finisher Andrew Irons, 2nd place finisher Devin Whitlock and Dr. Craig A. Miller, Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Chairperson for the event.
Again this year, our club invites you to a great fun evening and a chance to win $8,000 plus numerous other smaller monetary denominations. The Harper Creek Optimist Cash Raffle will be held at the Riverside Country Club on Saturday, March 3rd. The dinner with will commence at 6:30 PM and the drawing begins at 7:30 PM. Although you’ll miss out on the community camaraderie, you do not have to be present to obtain your winnings. On the Home Page, click on Cash Raffle 2018 to view or obtain an on-line ticket. All proceeds from our club’s main fundraiser are channeled back into youth community projects.
Our club is again sponsoring the Optimist International Essay Contest. If you do not turn 19 years of age by October 1, 2017 and are interested in winning the local writing contest for $300 (2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100) plus potentially the District contest for $2,500, here’s your chance to step up. This year’s topic is “Can Society Function Without Respect”. You must adhere to the rules of the contest. For specific information and an official entry form, please download the entry form: Essay Application & Rules 2018 The contest is open to all local youth and the deadline to enter your essay for judging is Friday, February 16th. Please submit your essay and entry form via email to email@example.com or in hard copy to 4275 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek 49015 (an Optometry office). Harper Creek students can turn their essays in to Harper Creek Counselor, Stacey DeMoss. The entry form is a .pdf file fill-in form. The Sponsoring Optimist Club Name is Harper Creek Optimist Club and The Sponsoring Optimist Club Number is 17200. Please direct questions to 269-979-1561 and ask for Dr. Miller. On the website Menu click on Essay Contest under Youth Service Projects to view information and read the winning essays from previous years.
The Harper Creek Optimist Club is again offering fresh-cut Christmas trees to the general public for a donation. They are available at Lakeview Ford located on 295 West Dickman Road in Battle Creek. Optimist members are working the project and are present to assist week days 4 to 8 PM and weekends Noon to 5 PM. This is a win win service project for the community and our club. The trees are donated to our club by Lakeview Ford and the money we receive for them is channeled back into the community to support youth projects. If desired, an Optimist club member will trim, warp and load your selected tree. A typical contribution is anywhere from $5 to $50. If you want a great looking “real” Christmas tree and want to support the youth of our community – stop by and our club will be sure you obtain the best Christmas tree ever!
Pictured below and ready to assist with your tree selection is Optimist club member Brad Morris, who is the club chairperson for the project.
On a very chilly and rainy November 18th our club provided the community with another spectacular Holiday Parade. For an update, summary and numerous pictures of the event, click on the Christmas Parade link.
On October 3rd the Harper Creek Optimist Club sponsored their 19th All-City Girls Golf Meet on the nine-hole Preserve Course at Battle Creek’s Binder Park Golf Course. Harper Creek and Lakeview are the only city schools that now have a girl’s golf team and the meet was won by Lakeview 191 to 228. Our club again provided pizza, beverages, medals, the title trophy and t-shirts to all the participants. Special thanks to club member and founder of the event, John Peruzze and club member Richard Peternel for organizing the event.
Pictured below are the winning Lakeview team and the runner-up Harper Creek squad. The pictures were provided by Will Kowalski, Sports Editor of the Battle Creek Shopper.
Lakeview’s McKenna Evans was the medalist of the event with a round of 46.
The Harper Creek Optimist club in conjunction with the Pennfield and Battle Creek clubs met at the Battle Creek Moonraker West on September 28th to install the new club officers for the upcoming Optimist year. Harper Creek President Dustin King presided over the meeting, which along with the meal and installation of officers, included numerous door prizes and the induction of two new Life Members to the Harper Creek Club. The imprecation of officers was performed by special guest, Michigan Optimist Lieutenant Governor, Nicole Ingersol.
Taking the oath of office for the Harper Creek Club being led by Lt. Gov. Ingersol (to the left) are Vice President, Richard Peternel; Trustee, John Peruzze; Vice President, Dr. Jeromy Myers; Trustee, Dr. Craig Miller; Trustee and Club Treasurer, Nate Smith; partially hidden Trustee, Jeffery Adams; Club Secretary, Dr. Gary Gymer and Club President for 2017-18, Dustin King. Trustees Al Miller and Rob Ridgeway were unable to attend the meeting.
The Life Member induction committee was chaired by long-time club member Duncan Bailey (also a Life Member); his committee selected past presidents and active club members Howard King and Chad Kyger for the honor. Pictured below are Club President Dusting King, honored members Chad Kyger and Dustin’s father Howard King along with Duncan Bailey on the right.
Pictured below are Harper Creek Club members who attended the meeting.
The 2017 Christmas Parade, produced and presented by the Harper Creek Optimist Club will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan. The 2017 Theme is “Unwrap the Magic”. Parade details and registration is located on the parade website at http://battlecreekchristmasparade.webstarts.com/index.html