The date for this year’s Harper Creek Optimist Open Tennis Classic is July 29 through July 31. It will again be held at the Harper Creek High School Tennis Complex and the general tennis format will be the same: youth are encouraged to play singles and there are regular and mixed doubles for adults. Youth and adults may enter not more than two tournaments and youth may also play doubles. Please click on the following link for all relative tournament information and to obtain an entry form: 2016 HARPER CREEK OPTIMIST TENNIS
Pictured below are youth and adults in action from last year’s event and to view pictures and results from previous tournaments click on Tennis Tournament under Youth Service Projects on the Home Page of this site.
Club summer meetings have commenced again this year at our same location by Sonoma Lake. We will not meet inside again until October. Please join us and bring a friend for an outdoor picnic and social gathering. Be there by 6:30 PM every Thursday and you will not be late. We are again meeting at club member David Jaques estate located shore side on Sonoma Lake. Meals are $5 and each beverage of your choice is only $1. A game of euchre or a pontoon ride may be on the agenda. Rain will probably not cancel the gathering as inside accommodations are available at the location. Be sure to catch each week’s call-em-all to be sure alternative plans have not been arranged such as a gathering at Bailey Park for a Bombers baseball game, cancellations due to extremely inclement weather or meeting at club member Duncan Bailey’s for a “pool party”.
The location may be a little tricky to find if you have not been there before. Coming south from Battle Creek on M-66, turn west on B Drive South (where Orchard Park Grocery was once located). Continue west on B Drive South past Sonoma Elementary School to 4 Mile (Sonoma) Road. Turn south (left) and go about a mile until you come to this location, which enables you to turn right towards Sonoma Lake.
Follow the lane towards the lake until you come to this sign and turn left.
Follow the lane between the houses and you will come to a small bridge you must traverse. Bridge speed limit is 2 miles per hour! After the crossing, the gathering location is located about 100 yards to the right. You can’t miss it.
On a beautiful May 27th day at the Harper Creek High School grounds our club held its annual Rocket Day Project for all the Harper Creek 6th grade students. Over 200 rockets that were built by the students were launched and over 95% of the rockets were retrieved so they can be flown again. Special thanks to club member Rocketman Dick Wagner for again chairing the project and to new club member and Middle School teacher Rich Peternel for assisting. Our club would also like to recognize J T Hobby for offering a substantial discount to our club for the purchase of the rocket kits plus the Sherwin Williams paint store in Harper Village for also discounting the spray paint used to embellish the rockets. Our club also appreciates the support we obtained from the student’s parents, the 6th grade teachers plus the Harper Creek Administration and maintenance department for providing the location for the event and having the grounds ready. And thanks to club member and Harper Creek High School teacher, Mike Rio, who assisted his students with the following video presentation of the event:
The Harper Creek Optimist Club Board of Directors voted to add an additional $500 donation to each of the three Harper Creek elementary schools, the Middle School and the High School. That brings the accumulative total to $5,000 that the schools can use for special needs that require extra funding!
Our club is privileged to add two new members to our Optimist organization. Pictured below (L-R) are Nate Smith, a former standout Harper Creek athlete who now is able to assist you with all your financial needs, plus Carson Gancer, who has presented our club with a new potential profitable fundraiser.