The "Manhattan Optimist Club Bulletin" : Vol 2024: #1 10-4-23

Posted October 10, 2023

VOLUME 2024            OCTOBER 4         NUMBER 1

President Bill Wisdom’s welcome and America the Beautiful sing along (which was rather nice) were followed by the flag salute.  

ACHES & PAINS:  Be thankful for all your blessings and be kind, you never know what others are dealing with…

President Bill Wisdom
PROGRAM:  Get to know your President!!  Very nice slide show, Bill Wisdom (and twin brother) was born in Rock Island Illinois, moved to Iola Kansas, then to Marysville Kansas took piano lessons, ran cross country/track and they were for some time before moving to Manhattan Kansas.  Bill went to MHS and then on to KSU!  Bill has a son, two daughters, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson (who was seen several times photo bombing us throughout the slide show).   Bill considers himself a Tragic Romantic.

Bill took us through many of his adventures, hiking, fishing, biking, and camping.  He showed us many beautiful places he’s been, and he loves them all.  Bill spends a lot of time in Manitou Colorado enjoying the adventures there.  We were then tasked with a quiz about Bill’s presentation – those answering correctly and the fastest were given a treat!  Thanks Bill, we know you’ll do a fantastic job! 

In looking at the coming year, Bill plans to continue to move forward with the Membership Recruitment as this needs to be a constant push by all of us to try and get some younger members.   Continue to help Bruce Bidwell, Jim Franke and Steve Boeckman in Optimist Park maintenance/upkeep.  Our bylaws need to be updated as there have been several changes we have not added yet.  Bringing back the daily blessing, quote of the day or just good word for the day.  There are a few members who will perform this on a rotational basis and Thanks to those who have volunteered.  AND Thank you Thad Hall for a great year!

Thad Hall, Past President

Marathon Fundraiser – Oct 7th See Greg McCune for volunteer opportunities.
Chili Crawl – Oct 14th vouchers are available looks like they have a full slate but if you want to help, see Bill Wisdom, there is always room for more.
The Membership Recruitment Contest ended in a 5-way tie.  Craig Cox, Jerry Banaka, Clyde Scott, Heather Peterson and Ed Klimek all received a $20.00 gift card to Dillons – Congratulations!
Doug Jardine, riding to raise funds for Childhood Cancer – he raised $4125.00 and rode 410 miles.  Thanks to all who supported this effort and thank you, Doug.
Board approved Annual Youth Fund Allocations are on the tables, if you need a copy, see Bill Wisdom.
Sharon Fincham is who you need to seek out if you’d like to present “Youth of the Month” recipients, we will recognize two students from two different schools each meeting this coming year. 
Annual Dues are DUE!!!  Please get your payments to Clyde Scott. 

GUESTS: There were no other guests this morning.        

Meeting adjourned with the OPTIMIST CREED.

OCTOBER PROGRAMS:  PROGRAM CHAIRS – Heather Peterson, Craig Cox, Bill Wisdom, Thad Hall and                                                                                              Mike Fincham

October Meeting Schedule:

October 11th: Noon Meeting: Program - MHS Student of the Month and Jordan McKnight with A & H Farms “A&H Farm Operation.”  Introduction: Heather Peterson

October 18th: 7:00 AM Meeting: Program - Vivienne Leyva with Riley County Public Works Department “Computer Scams.”  Introduction: Craig Cox

October 25th: Noon Meeting: David Starks, Sr. District Executive, Coronado Area Boy Scouts of America "Boy Scouts of America Overview.” Introduction: Mike Fincham

October Birthdays