Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club president says thanks |

Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club president says thanks

Alastair Stone

After two years as president of the Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club, I am passing on the baton. I would like to thank more than a few of my board, members and even a non-member for their help throughout that time.

Our basket ball program continues to flourish, and a big thank you to coaches, refs, time keepers, sponsors and the schools for their help.

A newer program is chess, and thanks to our new president Ed Casias, this has gone from strength to strength.

Our Oratorical contests in the fall and spring have been very well supported, and Becce Brazil has ensured it is a fun as well as a rewarding program for the students.

We also have our Essay contest, and thank you to Michael Penny and Paul Hage for their work here and, like the oratoricals, thank you to all the non-Optimists for being judges!

Four times a year, Lynn Manton-Krueger organized a lunch recognizing a boy and a girl from each grade at the middle school for their contributions to community service. Proud parents and grandparents would also attend!

Where do we get the $$ to run all these free programs for the children of Summit County? From golfers!

Thank you to Ryan Gildea, Mike Smith, Bill Wallace, Daphne Schroth, Bob Mayerle and Susan Fairweather for their splendid work this year and last year for running our Summer Solstice golf tournament.

It has also been my privilege to be on stage at the SHS Seniors night, when thanks to Bill Pelham and his ski ticket raffle, the Optimist Club has also been able to donate scholarships to graduating Seniors.

Our club has been very luck to have the support of our School district in everything that we do, and a big thank you is due to Dr Millie Hamner, all her principals, and for their behind the scenes support.

Our club also is proud to have had a Junior Optimist Club – the Octagon Club – for high school students, and with Jody Chetaum-Wilson as their sponsor, they run the volleyball program for fifth-grade girls, and assist with the county’s ‘Make a Difference Day’.

Last not least, a big personal thank you to our secretary, Marie Orlin, who has done such a wonderful job supporting us all.

All of the above get involved in so much more than just the programs I’ve mentioned, and I hope that we can get some new members to support them. We are visiting with every PTA or PTSO this month to spread the word. Remember that all programs are provided at no charge to our kids!

As for me, I am looking forward to getting Tri-Star basketball added to the basketball program in the spring.

Thank you again to all.

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