Monthly Archives: February 2014

Youth Reading Program

Our club recently received a Certificate of Recognition from the Scholastic Literacy Partnerships.  This is a program that our club has financially supported the past two years. The program supplies books to local youth which will foster their literary success in school, home and community. The program has been chaired the past two years by club member Peggy Myers. She has selected the books for the students and provided the avenue for them to be dispensed. The targeted local youth are Harper Creek Sonoma Elementary students, which also included pre-school aged students. Books were issued to the pre-readers to take home and have them read to them by their parents. The young potential readers were very appreciative as you can see by some of the thank-you cards our club received. Pictured below is Club President Craig Miller and Reading Program Director Peggy Myers proudly displaying the Certificate of Recognition plus thank-you notes from the participating students.

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Cash Raffle

Our club’s Cash Raffle on March 8th is less than a month away. There are still plenty tickets available for your chance to win $8,000! and other smaller cash denominations. This is our club’s main fundraiser that generates income which is filtered back to the community. The Optimist International motto is “Friend of Youth” and most of our club’s volunteer projects and programs are geared towards supporting the local youth, especially those in the Harper Creek area. It is a fun event to attend plus a meal with beverages is included with the purchase of a ticket. You do not have to be present to obtain your winnings. For more information about the event and how to obtain a ticket, click on the 2014 Cash Raffle link on this page.

Pictured below are Club VP Jeromy Myers on President Craig Miller’s right and Club VP Chad Kyger to his left. They are holding some of the CASH that will be given away on March 8th.

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Volunteer Recognized

Harper Creek School employee Brad “Bart” Morris was recognized by the Harper Creek Optimist Club with the presentation of a plaque during the halftime of a home boys Harper Creek High School basketball game on February 3, 2014. Brad volunteered countless hours during our Christmas tree sales project and also contributed with assistance during our annual Christmas Parade on a very cold November evening. Pictured below is Bart accepting his plaque being presented by club members Dick Brown (left) and Allyn Miller. Incidentally, Harper Creek beat city rival Lakeview in overtime for both the girls and boys basketball games that evening!

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