SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
September 9th, the Peninsula Optimists held a Chicken BBQ fundraiser for the first time. We learned a lot and have ideas on how to make it even more successful next time.
Dick Merck did an excellent job organizing the event. The day prior, a group went out to a farm on Sauvie's Island and picked corn and Dick's son did a bang-up job cooking the chicken and shucking all 300 ears of corn!
Boy Scout Troop 52 volunteered to help serve meals and help with clean-up after. All I can say is YUM!"
|AJ helped served meals|
|Dick Merck, center, Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Chairman|
|Wayne and George manned the cashbox.|
FIREWORKS SALES 2012JUNE 30 - JULY 4, 2012
The week leading up to the Fourth of July found the Optimists busy with their
Fireworks sales fundraiser.
MAY 12, 2012
OPTIMISTS WIN FIRST PLACE!
Although the St. Johns Parade in Portland, Oregon, just celebrated its 50th year on Saturday, May 12, for the first time, the Portland-Peninsula Optimists participated in the parade! In planning our entry, Secretary George Galati suggested that we should ride a school bus as our entry since that is representative of kids. Mr. Galati, former principal of Roosevelt High School, was able to secure the donated use of a school bus and driver. The cheer team at the high school made signs for the sides of the bus. Many Optimists and kids rode the bus and waved to and kibitzed with the parade onlookers while traveling the parade route. Everyone had a great time, and it was a fun opportunity to let more people in the community become aware of our organization. To top it off, we won first place in the Service Division!
|From left to right: Dave Trabucco (newly elected president), Dave’s son, Don Lee, Bev Lee, Dave’s daughter, Bill Van Nostran (immediate past president holding first place ribbon), Sharon Speer, George Galati (Secretary/Historian), and Wayne Henry.|