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Friday, June 1, 2012

The importance of Optimist Club programs and projects

The McCall Optimist Club is planning for one of their biggest events of the year: the Senior Party. It's a grand event for the grads and a fun-filled, if long, evening for the Optimist Club members. There are prizes, food, casino style-fun, raffles, wally-ball, table tennis, basketball and swimming and other activities to keep the teens busy and safe after graduation.

The McCall Optimist Club is also one of those that takes a few months off from weekly meetings (but not projects) in the summer. Living in a resort community, it's probably not a bad idea. In preparation, Tom Crawford just announced the last presentation before the break and it sounds great! He said:

This Tuesday will be our last program for the season, but it’s one you won’t want to miss. Isaac and Bjornen Babcock will speak about their experience spending a year in the Frank Church Wilderness filming wolves and other wildlife. PBS produced their work into the Nature film, River of No Return that premiered on April 18, 2012. Here is a chance to listen and talk to them about their incredible story.

Watch River of No Return - Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

The club meets Tuesdays, 7:00 a.m. at the Pancake House. Why not take a road trip and enjoy!

We all choose to belong to an Optimist Club for different reasons. For me, I enjoy learning new things. Sometimes that comes from fellowship and sometimes that comes from the projects that we perform; but the most consistent way to stay involved and knowledgeable about our community and the world around us is to  invite a wide array of speakers to our club meetings. Be diverse and inclusive and you'll find your club programs can be a retention, recruitment and awareness booster. 

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