Monthly Archives: October 2016

Harper Creek Educational Foundation Donor Wall Presentation

On October 6th the Harper Creek Education Foundation unveiled their Donor Wall located at the Harper Creek High School Auditorium lounge. The Harper Creek Optimist Club provided funds for the production of the wall panel and was honored with a plaque on the display recognizing their donation. Speakers for the evening program were Rob Ridgeway, Harper Creek Schools Superintendent and Harper Creek Optimist Club member; Vikki Bauer, President of the Harper Creek Board of Education; Rachel Chapin Zapf, Battle Creek Community Foundation representative and Tina Kyger, President of the Harper Creek Educational Foundation. Beau Bess, a Trustee of the Harper Creek Educational Foundation, presented the Donor Wall to the audience. The vision of the HC Educational Foundation is to create a legacy of growth, opportunity and giving by distributing resources to the Harper Creek Community Schools for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education. For more information about the organization and details on how to become a donor please visit:

Pictured below (L-R) with the honored Optimist recognition plaque are Harper Creek Optimist Club Vice-President Rob Ridgeway; HCOC President Dustin King and HCOC Vice-President Rich Peternel. 2016-10-optimistdonorwallrobdustinrich

The Harper Creek Optimist Club was well represented at the event and pictured in front of the Donor Wall are those in attendance. 2016-10-optimistdonorwallmembers


New Club President – King Father to King Son

The Harper Creek Optimist President’s gavel has been passed to Dustin King from his father, Howard King for the upcoming Optimist year.  New club officers were installed during a joint meeting with the local Battle Creek and Pennfield Optimist clubs on September 20th at Clara’s on the River restaurant.

Pictured below are new President Dustin King (left) and outgoing President Howard King.2016-09-dustinhowardking1

All club officers were present for their installation on the 20th of September and are pictured below: Jeffery Adams, Board; Al Miller, Board; Rich Peternel, Vice-President; Howard King, outgoing President; Dave Jackson, Board and Treasurer; John Peruzze, Board; Dustin King, New President; Rob Ridgeway, Vice-President; Dr. Gary Gymer, Secretary; Dick Brown, Board and Dr. Craig Miller, Board.2016-09-optimistboard