The Optimist Club of St. Thomas P. O. Box 20014, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, N5P 4H4 www.stthomasoptimists.ca Volume 1, Issue 2 May 2009 Looking Forward with Optimism Officers Election Report INTERNATIONAL OFFICERS T he nominating committee submitted its list of nominees to President Donald Sievers the executive still looking for members to fill the positions President-Elect Mark Shriver of Treasurer and Third Vice president. At the meeting, Past-President Theo Golding Secretary Brian Clements conducted the election process. Executive Director Benny Ellerbe Vice President Richard Bloom All volunteers who had agreed to fill executive positions as recorded in the last newsletter were acclaimed. Current President SWONT DISTRICT OFFICERS Dan had graciously offered to accept the position of secretary prior to the meeting, if no other members stepped forward to volunteer. Governor Doug Kinchen None did! So Pres. Dan will be assuming the role of chief financial Governor-Elect Marty Quenneville officer for the club next year, as well as that of Past-President. Past-Governor John Sanders Past-Governor Jim Howie Bob Jackson was nominated for the position of 3rd VP at the Past-Governor Max Wood meeting, accepted the nomination and was acclaimed. His Past-Governor Dwight Phillips acceptance created a vacancy for a one year directorship, as he had Secretary-Treasurer John Ewanick already been nominated for this position previously. Lieutenant-Governor Bill Lee Nominations were opened for the position of two year directors CLUB OFFICERS (2009 - 2010) and Gar Shaw was nominated and accepted. This created a situation where four members were nominated for the three positions President Dan Clarke available. Scrutineers were appointed and we came dangerously Past-President Chuck Gratton close to having an election (!) until Opt. Gary Wren offered to President-Elect Bud Willis relinquish his nomination for the position of two year director in order 2nd Vice President Al Holt to fill the vacancy at one year director... thereby avoiding the 3rd Vice President Steve Malone necessity of an election! His offer was met with hearty applause by Treasurer Al Holt the members present and the club now boasts a full slate of officers Secretary Brian Clements for its executive as listed below for the coming 2009 - 2010 year of Directors (1 year) Brad Fishback Optimism. The list of elected officers includes: Kevin Kernohan Gary Wren President: Bud Willis Directors (2 year) Bill Schleihauf Past President Dan Clarke Bob Jackson President-Elect Al Holt Ed Monteith 2nd Vice-President Steve Malone Sergeant At Arms Steve Ferguson 3rd Vice-President Bob Jackson Treasurer Dan Clarke Secretary (Appointed by President) Directors (1 year) Bill Schleihauf Gary Wren Ed Monteith Directors (2 year) Gar Shaw Colin Cluff Newsletter Editor Kingsley Irvine Steve Williams Sargent-At-Arms Steve Ferguson Volume 1, Issue 2 May 2009 Ace of Spades Upcoming Events T T he card still keeps he club still has a busy calendar of events gett i ng more ahead. Several new items have been added valuable as each since the last newsletter. Mark up your meeting goes by! calendars so that you don’t miss out on any of the Plan to attend the next regular important engagements listed below. m eeting on May 25 t h . Remember...you have to be at the meeting to be a winner! We Tues. May 19 Executive Meeting have just two regular meetings left after this one, so let’s hope Wed. May 20 Homedale Track Meet 10:00 - 2:00 that this highly sought after card will show up in some Mon. May 25 Regular Meeting - Pickerel Night !! lucky member’s hand before the end of the year! Sat. May 30 NIAGARA CASINO TRIP Sat./Sun. June 6/7 Railway Museum 11:00 - 2:00 ‘NOW’ REPORT ON MEMBERSHIP Mon. June 8 Regular Meeting Mon. June 15 Executive Meeting At our last regular meeting, SWONT Secretary-Treasurer, Optimist John Ewanick, reported that three new, paid up members had joined the club as a result of the membership Sat./Sun. June 20/21 WINGS AND WHEELS drive, two others were considering joining and one or two more were to receive phone calls etc. from John enquiring Mon, June 22 Regular Meeting as to their intentions with respect to becoming members. July 8 - 11 91st Optim ist I nt er nat i onal The club extends a hearty welcome to all new and Convention prospective members and trusts that they will seek an active Kissimmee, Florida involvement in club activities at their earliest convenience. Several activities and projects are in the immediate offing July 17 - 19 Thomas The Train in St. Thomas and any and all help will be gratefully appreciated by the organizers of these activities and projects. These individuals July 25 - 3:00pm ANNUAL OPT. BBQ - $25/couple will, no doubt, extend a personal invitation to our new at home of Opt. Pres. Dan Clarke, members to get involved with these important events! 225 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas Aug. 21 - 23 SWONT District Convention, Up-Coming Trailer Events Oaks Inn, Wallaceburg Meet Optimist International President, Don Sievers Two events are close at hand that will involve the use of the food trailer. The first is at the Homedale Track Meet on Wednesday, May 20th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The second President Dan ‘Goes to Jail’ will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th at the Railway Museum. If you can offer assistance at either of President Dan will be paying a visit to the ‘crowbar hotel’ at these events, contact Treasurer, Opt. Al Holt. the annual Crime Stoppers Fund Raiser, and is anxiously looking forward to your financial support to make his stay as short as possible. The more we ante up, the sooner we get Wings and Wheels our pres. back! Be ready for his desperate phone call! Contact 3rd Vice President Elect, Opt. Bob Jackson to offer your services in the Food Trailer for this event on June 20th and 21st. Volume 1, Issue 2 May 2009 Ploughing Match - Sept.2010 Message from the Secretary Optimist Leo Lynch made an inspired presentation on this Secretary Brian Clements announced to all at the meeting somewhat distant, but highly potential event for the Optimist that if any member would like to place an item or items on Club of St. Thomas. He has been in contact with the the regular meeting agenda, they can email him with the organizers of last September’s match in Teeswater, Bruce information at any time prior to the Friday preceding the County, and had many facts and figures that he presented to Monday meeting. members at the meeting. At Teeswater, large financial donations were made to each of the areas hospitals, and 1500 volunteers were ‘paid’ Initiation of New Members $10.00/h. These decisions were made after the match and all accounti n g h a d b een c o m p leted. No This is a ‘probable’ agenda item for the next regular meeting promises/guarantees can be given ahead of time, due to the on May 25th. nature of the event. There is always the possibility of a ‘rain- out’, which equals zero dollars! Many variables can affect this outdoor event, especially in Niagara Casino Trip the form of adverse weather, but despite some unfavourable weather last year, the event generated many hundreds of This outing is less than two weeks away, so if you would like thousands of dollars and close to 100 000 attendance over to go and haven’t made arrangements you need to do so the duration of the match (four days?). asap. Contact Bill Lee to see if there is still an opportunity to make the trip! After some discussion, it was recommended by the executive that rather than try to operate the food trailer at the Related to this trip, an item moved and passed was for the Ploughing Match, we, as a club, could volunteer to work at club to provide the princely sum of $50.00 for ‘prizes’ for ‘set up’ and ‘take down’ for two to three weeks, and all going whatever ‘intellectually challenging’ activities are planned for well, we would be handsomely recompensed for our efforts. the bus trip to the Falls and back. The suggestion was also We can even volunteer our spouses and offspring in an effort made that local merchants and/or optimist members be to maximize our fund raising capabilities!! Training would be canvassed to see whether any donations might be provided to anyone working in any of the varied jobs to be forthcoming for this purpose! done. We will be hearing much more from Opt. Leo in the coming Pickerel Night - May 25th months on this topic and will look forward to watching plans take shape. This is, reportedly, a much anticipated dining fare for members of the club, so the executive is looking for a robust turn out of members on Monday evening. When Joanne calls to see if you will be in attendance, be sure that your answer More Food Trailer... is YES. The Club has purchased a new freezer for the trailer, but requires a volunteer to purchase food for each event that the trailer is operative. Optimal Optimism..... If you would like to take on this responsibility or share the responsibility with another Optimist, please let Opt. Al Holt or Opt. Pres. Dan know of your interest in helping out. I love cooking with wine! Sometimes I even put food in it. Thomas The Train... I intend to live forever. So far, so good! Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again! Thomas will be arriving in town to do what he does on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 17 - 19 from 1:00 - Consciousness: that annoying time between naps! 6:00pm. Procrastinate NOW! Opt. Steve Williams is looking for volunteers to be present at the passenger loading area to assist adults and children, He who dies with the most toys is, nonetheless, DEAD! especially the latter, to board and exit the train. Please give your name to Opt. Steve if you would like to help out on any Ever stop to think, and forget to start again??? or all of these days.