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Club Activities - Safety
Activities focused on preventing personal injury, including school bus safety, bicycle safety, skills competitions, in-line skating demonstrations, Halloween nights, fire prevention awareness, traffic and pedestrian safety, drunk driving, seat belt use, school patrols and gun/hunter education programs.

Optimist Club of Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand (22117) - South Carolina District
Collateral Damage
The Club saw the need to address the dangers of teenage drinking and driving. They decided to write, cast, direct, film, edit and produce a movie about the possible consequences. A number of community groups were contacted about working on the project. Members wrote the script and held auditions with students from local high schools. Makeup, costumes and props had to be organized and perfected for each scene. Scenes had to be edited and music and titles were added. The movie was converted to DVD format for easy distribution. Members appeared on a local TV show to discuss the project and several articles were run in the newspaper. A gala movie premier and dinner was held to debut the movie to a large audience. The Club secured financial backers so the film could be reproduced and widely distributed. Everyone involved in the film was introduced to the Optimist Club and exposed to the work they do in the community.

Project Contact: Darlene Jennings
57 Georgeanna Ct.
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843) 997-7100

New Mexico/West Texas District (2 Clubs)
Fire, Traffic and Pedestrian Safety
By partnering with the local fire department, Bureau of Fire and Injury Prevention and the National Safe Kids Campaign, the Clubs were able to reach a greater number of youth and adults in their community. They spread their message through a Latch Key program, year-round bike safety programs, senior citizen safety programs and child safety seat clinics. They worked to inform parents, community leaders and local businesses about safety and the latest safety devices. This program opened doors to possible partnerships with other organizations that conduct and assist with safety programs.

Project Contact: Robert Romero
1521 Edith Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-1611
(505) 842-0484
Fax: (505) 247-4530

Project Contact: Sid Montano
1305 Airway SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505) 247-9232

Optimist Club of Greensboro (44556) - North Carolina District
Kid ID Program
The purpose of this project is to provide parents and police with a means to identify children in the event of a kidnapped, lost or missing child. The Club partners with Safe Guilford and the Greensboro Police Department. Each child receives digital photo identification cards and digital fingerprints. Each child also receives a DNA identification packet that provides sterile cotton swabs for saliva samples and envelopes to store the saliva and hair samples. Safe Guilford provides funding for software and supplies. The Optimist Club provides the staff for running the events and providing the kits to each child, as well as some supplies. The police department provides the same services as the Optimist Club when an event is large enough to warrant the use of two computers. The Club participates in 2-3 Kid ID events per month.

Project Contact: Arline Gutowski
10 Macklin Ct.
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 545-0750

Pennsylvania-Upper Delaware District (7 Clubs) - Multiple Club CPA entry
The Fourth Annual Child Safety Seat Clinics
The clinics were held to increase the safety of infants and toddlers riding in car seats by ensuring that the seats were installed correctly and that parents knew how to properly harness their child in the seat. The planning committee contacted the state police to coordinate the clinic dates. The clinics were scheduled at car dealerships and publicized through pediatricians’ offices. Each participating Club was responsible for a particular location. Optimists volunteered to take appointment reservations on their home phone numbers. Walk-in customers were also allowed and light refreshments were served.

Project Contact: Lester McMackin Jr.
4428 Birchwood Road
York, PA 17402
(717) 755-6280

Optimist Club of North St. Louis County (30538) - East Missouri District
Helmet Safety and Fitting Course
Club Members were trained in bike-helmet fitting and have produced a manual training program on helmet safety and fitting. The Club now provides training to fire districts, emergency medical technicians and other community groups. In addition to training, the Club provides free bike helmets to children of families that cannot afford them. Additionally, eleven Members of the Club have achieved the level of NHTSA Certified Car Seat Technician, and the Club provides car safety seat installations and inspections as well.

Project Contact: Steve Medlock
1535 Hialeah Place
Florissant, MO 63033
(314) 830-5412 (work)
(314) 837-5963 (home)
Fax: (314) 830-5454

Other Club Activities
Childhood Cancer
Community Improvement
Culture and Education
Health and Welfare
Joint Projects with a JOOI Club or Youth Organization
Sports and Recreation
Youth Appreciation