Monthly Archives: March 2014

C. R. I. Program

The program for our club on March 20th was presented by Ted Nichols. We learned about a youth and young adult self-improvement program, which was initiated in Battle Creek and now has its message spread nationwide. The originator and spokesmen for the program, Ted Nichols, is a Harper Creek High School graduate and has many ties to the local community. He came from a rather large family and encountered many tribulations as a youth; his ability to persevere with the assistance of a few loved family members and supportive community leaders reveals a heart-warming story. Throughout his life he has experienced many diversified business and social environmental experiences and has shared them in a book he has written: The Book of Knowledge and Self Improvement for Today’s Youth.

The acronym CRI stands for character, respect and integrity. The message in his book and what is expressed in his motivational talks is inspiring and definitely of value for today’s youth. The book is also a good read for adults. Our club was honored to have Mr. Nichols convey is message to our club. For more information on the C.R.I. program go to the following website:

Pictured below is guest speaker Ted Nichols with Harper Creek Optimist President Craig Miller to his right and club member Gary Gymer to his left. Mr. Nichols is also pictured reciting the Optimist International Pledge.

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Successful Fundraiser

Our annual cash raffle fundraiser held on March 8th was a successful event! Special thanks to club member Duncan Bailey who again chaired the event, member Al Miller for emceeing the raffle, ClubTreasurer David Jackson for his bookkeeping services, all the club members who helped sell tickets before and during the event, Riverside Country club and staff for their very accommodating facility and the of course all those from the community who purchased tickets. Funds from the event will financially support the youth of our community. The catered food was great and the music provided by the DJ added to the fare. A good time was had by all (especially the winners) as you can tell by the smiling faces in the accompanying pictures.

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Mayor Walters Presents Program

During our weekly club meeting on March 7th, our club was honored and members in attendance were treated with a very informative and from the heart presentation from Dave Walters, the newly voted in by the City Commissioners – Mayor of Battle Creek. Dave spoke on a number of controversial community matters that have recently caused some general public confusion. His insight and handling of the issues easily convinced our club that we have a great trailblazer and ambassador for our community. Picture below is club Vice-President and Program Chairman Jeromy Meyers wearing his Optimist badge and Mayor Dave Walters.