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Club Activities - Youth Appreciation

Consisting of projects conducted solely for Youth Appreciation and/or recognition.

Grand Prairie Optimist Club (38492) – North Texas District
Most Improved 4th Grader
The Grand Prairie Optimist Club wanted to recognize students that improved their grades and attitudes in school. In January, each principal and fourth-grade teacher in the local school system was sent a letter requesting their nominations for a most improved boy and girl from the first semester. Nominations were mailed or e-mailed back to the Club, and Members compiled a list of the honorees. All honorees and their families were invited to a special recognition night. Each honoree was presented with a medallion, certificate and goodie bag. Refreshments were served to everyone in attendance.

Project Contact: Jo Glazener
1914 Surrye Circle
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
(972) 642-3131

Optimist Club of Radcliff (03295) - Kentucky/West Virginia
Youth Appreciation Week
The Optimist Club of Radcliff took eight high school students on a tour of the city’s government facilities. They held a Youth Recognition Ceremony to award students, who were chosen based on their excellence in arts, academics, athletics or community service. At the end of the week, a skating party was held to provide a day of fun for the very deserving students. A few months later, the Club took a group of students to the General Assembly in the state capitol to act as pages. The trip had to be scheduled based on the dates legislation was in session. This project brought favorable publicity to the Club and strengthened the relationship between the Members and the youth in their community.

Project Contact: Jessie Lee
1562 Cypress Drive
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-1541

New Mexico/West Texas District (15 Clubs)
Youth Appreciation Week
This program celebrates the accomplishments of area high school students and recognizes them in a positive way. Committee Members are selected from each participating Club and they hold meetings to plan the banquet and festivities. School contacts are established and arrangements are made for a guest speaker, color guard, ushers and entertainment. Applications for deserving students are delivered and tickets are sold. A program featuring paid advertisements from local businesses is printed. Guest invitations are mailed, certificates are printed, decorations are arranged and a photographer is hired. The program awards deserving students and shows the community what Optimists do best.

Project Contact: Sandra Wooten
10840 Vista Lomas
El Paso, TX 79935
(915) 592-1170

Optimist Club of Freehold-Noon (27003) - New Jersey-Lower New York District
Youth Appreciation – Challenger League
The purpose of this project was to honor the youth of the Challenger League, a volunteer organization that helps handicapped children play sports. The youth who had volunteered for three or more years were presented with a certificate. Special guest speakers and refreshments completed the special event. This program exposed the community to the Optimist Club and its activities for youth.

Project Contact: Patti Schrager
15 Crosswicks Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 780-0585

South Central Texas District (15 Clubs) - Multiple Club CPA entry
29th Annual Youth Appreciation Week
The program was designed to provide high school seniors with recognition for their scholastic accomplishments. Application forms and instructions were faxed to high school senior counselors and the principals of all the local high schools. Twenty-one high schools responded with 279 students nominated for recognition in 23 predetermined scholastic categories. All nominations received were sorted by category and mailed to the participating Clubs for judging. The Clubs notified the Chair of their winners in each category. Certificates were provided to all nominees and 46 plaques were given to the winners (one male and one female) in each of the categories.

Project Contact: David Chavez
6903 Hill Meadow Drive
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 288-2031 or (512) 296-4091 (cell)

Kansas District (6 Clubs) – Multiple Club Entry
Unsung Heroes
This program works with school counselors and teachers to identify those students who have turned their lives around from an at-risk situation or have overcome a serious hardship to become hard-working students moving toward graduation and the future. Selected students have included gang dropouts, persons with disabilities, some who have had severe family catastrophes or deaths and individuals who have made bad life decisions. By recognizing these Unsung Heroes, the participating Clubs have given them a boost in their self-esteem and reinforced their efforts to work hard for a better life for themselves and their families. The participating Wichita Clubs provide each hero with a framed certificate, stipend ($50 to $100) and a meal for the student and their family, friends and teacher. Relatives and friends of the selected students are prime candidates for membership!

Project Contact: Charles Mansfield
1101 Sandplum Lane
Wichita, KS 67212
(316) 945-7459

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Community Improvement
Culture and Education
Health and Welfare
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