OPTIMIST YOUTH CAMP

The third year of the camp was held during the week of July 2 – 7 at the YMCA Camp Shaver in the Jemez mountains.  This year 40 youngster were treated to the fun and activities.  Once again the letters received indicated that it was something special and this time the campers were joined by the children of Optimists attending the OI convention for a day.  Edie and chaperones took the OI kids on a bus to the camp where they had lunch and participated in camp activities.  Good job Edie and thanks to the volunteers who chaperoned.  For future reference Camp Director, Phil, indicated that number 40 seems to be a good number for the staff to handle.

The Optimist International Convention was held in Albuquerque July 6 – 8.   More than 800 Optimist members from several countries were in attendance at the Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque for training, awards and general fellowship.  Albuquerque Optimist clubs volunteered for such activities as registration, the luncheon and the House of Optimism.  The House of Optimism is for local vendors to display their products and for local clubs to present their projects.  The EOC had a space where we displayed information about the Bus/Train Christmas project and Optimist Youth Camp.  Stan and Dave put together displays and videos to highlight these programs.  Thanks guys!  Also, thanks to the members who volunteered to staff the booth.

DISTRICT CONVENTION

If you haven’t had enough of Optimist Conventions there’s another one coming.  The New Mexico/West Texas District Convention will be here in Albuquerque August 11 – 13 at the MCM Elegante Hotel.  There will be training for club Presidents, Secretary Treasurers and Lt Governors.  A representative from OI will be doing some of the training.  In addition to the training the District officers will be installed at the banquet on Saturday evening.  Lynn Martin, a good friend of the EOC, will be installed as District Governor so it would be nice if you can attend.  You don’t have to register for the convention to attend the banquet but you have to pay for the banquet during  registration. I have sent you registration forms and have more available.

Club meetings have been pretty active lately.  Fred Trussel, President – elect, of the Albuquerque Club made a presentation for a fund – raising project for Albuquerque clubs.  First he presented a new program of the Entertainment books which is a card that is useful everywhere in the U.S. and is good for 12 months from the date of activation.  The cards are purchased by the club for $12 and sold for $20 for a quick profit of $8.  He also had tickets to be used at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant on Central. Each time you dine there you present the ticket and the club will receive 50 cents.  The tickets are only good until the end of the year.  Kevin Reynolds, who we only see at our projects, brought his nephew, Joe, and his girlfriend , Genica, as prospective members who both work in the movie industry.  Genica has already submitted her application.  Suzanne visted us and brought a prospective member Brian Wilson.  No not the one with the Beach Boys!  He is an agent with AAA and said he could save us money on our insurance.  Let’s get him in the club to find out if he’s telling the truth.  Oh, by the way, Kevin asked why we didn’t have any guest speakers at the meetings and was told he had just volunteered.  Way to go Kevin!