From the editors desk….
To those who thought your subscription had expired or this publication had gone out of business you were wrong. I’M BACK! As some of you know for the past three months I have been dealing with some health issues and although I’m not completely recovered I’m well enough to resume publishing this epistle.
Kathryn Sokolowski the winner of the EOC Oratorical contest has won the New Mexico/West Texas District Oratorical contest. Congratulations, Kathryn! She will now compete in the Regional at a date to be set and after that the National. The total scholarship funds for winning at each level is $22,500. Go Kathryn! Special thanks to Gary and Val for all the work they did in recruiting students to compete.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
Since three months have passed since I last published the Soiree I’ve decided to simply report all the activities under this heading.
It’s obvious that the club held an oratorical contest and Kathryn won. Second place was won by Abby Hobbs and third place belonged to Trevor Fields. A total of ten students from Eldorado High School competed. Glad to see the club getting the oratorical contest going again!
The Bus/Train Depot project was held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and about 150 gift bags were given to children traveling on those days. Once again our Christmas Elf, Pat, prepared all the bags and grouped them by ages. Thanks, Pat! Our unofficial “Friend of Optimism”, Jim, got busy in his workshop and made wooden toys for some of the bags. Thanks, Jim! Members worked shifts during the two days and were joined by District Governor, Ceci Medina and her daughter, who were able to interpret for some of the non-English speaking folks who received gift bags. Once again the EOC shares its Optimism for kids at Christmas.
The Executive Director of The Children’s Grief Center, Jade Richardson-Bock, spoke to the club about the organization and its objectives. The Center is staffed primarily by volunteers who have weekly sessions with children who are dealing with grief. They have a Summer Camp and she spoke with Phil about the use of Camp Shaver.
Val Velhagen, counselor at Eldorado High School, was invited to our meeting and spoke with us about the kids who have attended HOBY and now the Oratorical contest. Val works hard to encourage students to participate in these programs because of how they benefit. As busy as she is she still works with the EOC because she sees the value of the programs.
During the holidays some of our members had special events. Bob and Hilda had both their son and daughter and their families visiting with them. Their son and his family went to the depot to work with the club distributing gift bags.
Stan Love enjoyed a “coast to coast” holiday. He went to Virginia to spend the holiday with his son Scott and have a Rose Bowl party because Stan’s alma-mater, Penn State, was playing in the game. However, his plans were changed when he opened an envelope that contained airfare, hotel reservations, tickets to the Rose Parade and tickets to the Rose Bowl. The only thing that would have made it better is if Penn State would have won. Poor guy!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
February 15….Valentine Party – The Optimist Club of Albuquerque at the MCM Elegante Hotel – 12:10 PM
RSVP – Rita White 238-1437
March 26….N.O.W. Event – noon – 4 PM Northwest Optimist Club – Corky’s House – RSVP 898-9558
I know I missed some things but this is all I can recall!