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Essay Contest Summary

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.


Optimist Open Tennis Classic Results

The annual Harper Creek Optimist Open Tennis Classic was held at the Harper Creek High School Tennis Complex August 4-6. Numerous local adult tennis players participated in the doubles action, but the singles divisions for the youth was very limited. A number of youth did join with an adult for doubles action, which made for some very interesting matches. Due to rain showers on Friday and Saturday the event was moved to the Minges Creek Athletic Club and the Optimist Club is very grateful to Mark Harvey, a sponsor of the event and owner the facility, for enabling the tournament to continue indoors without interruption.

The Harper Creek Optimist Club, whose motto is “Friend of Youth”, would like to thank the local businesses who helped financially sponsor this year’s tournament: Behnke Transportation, Ray Yarger Fitness, Ridgewear Sports and Imprinting, Minges Creek Athletic Club, Wilcox Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Craig A. Miller Optometry, Myers Chiropractic, Duncan’s Hairlines, Groundwater Associates and CTI Mechanical Contractors. For tournament results and pictures from this year’s event under Youth Service Projects on the above menu, click on Tennis Tournament.



Summer Meetings

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.IMG_3580

Follow the lane towards the lake until you come to this sign and turn left.IMG_3579IMG_3581

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.IMG_3582

2016 Rocket Day

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:

Officer Installation

On September 29th at Clara’s on the River Restaurant in conjunction with the local Battle Creek and Pennfield Optimist Clubs, new club officers for this Optimist year were installed. Prior to the official installation and the meal, all those in attendance introduced themselves and informed us of their Optimist experiences. Below is a listing of this year’s Harper Creek officers and board members:

PRESIDENT                           Howard King
VICE PRESIDENT                John Sims, Sr.
VICE PRESIDENT                Duncan Bailey
TREASURER                          Dave Jackson

2014-2016                   John Peruzze
2014-2016                   Jeff Adams
2014-2016                   Allyn Miller
2014-2016                   Dave Jackson
2014-2016                   Dick Brown
2014-2016                   Craig Miller


Below is a picture of  club members who attended the event:IMG_4352

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!