VOLUME 2024 NOVEMBER 1 NUMBER 5
President Bill Wisdom, welcomed everyone, gave a morning reflection and we all joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
ACHES & PAINS: Be thankful for all your blessings!!!
PROGRAM: Sharon Fincham introduced our Youth of the Month school administrators joining us: Principal Sheila Henke from Marlatt Elementary and Haley Lawson from Frank Bergman Elementary. This morning we recognized 2 students from both schools.First up from Frank Bergman Elementary, Sharon Fincham introduced us to 3rd grader, Dane J. Dane was nominated by his teacher Allie Evans and this is what she had to say: “Dane is a joy to have in class and is a constant example of how a leader should act. He has a lot of grit, whether it is completing his work or trying his best even when his work is challenging. Dane is always eager to share his ideas in class or help a friend in need. He is always striving to follow the Dolphin Way and exemplifies how a Bergman Dolphin should act.” In speaking with his mother, Dane is a middle child, 1 of 4 boys, he is an extremely hard worker at home. He will do yard work and empty the dishwasher, he initiates offers. He is very kind and considerate fi his friends and a good judge of character. He likes baseball and golf and enjoys going outside to play with his brothers. Dane is an animal lover; they have a golden retriever named Lucy. He also enjoys video games, coding, reading, board games and he even played T-ball. Congratulations Dane!
Next, Sharon brought up Trevaugn M, a 1st grader from Frank Bergman Elementary.His Teacher Dana Batt had the following to say: “Trevaugn makes us proud every day! He has many strengths, especially in kindness towards the members of our class family. He is like the big brother for a special girl with no siblings of her own who needs extra assistance and motivation. He seeks no recognition for the great things he does for her and the rest of his class family. He learns everything quickly, loves reading and math and thrives on being challenged academically. Trevaugn has a tender heart, a brilliant mind and a contagious smile that brings joy to his teacher each and every day. It’s exciting to honor and celebrate him.” We also learned that Trevaugn (sometimes Tre or Bubbs) likes transformers, has a hedgehog named none other than “Sonic” and likes dinosaurs and sharks. He has an older brother and sister as well as 3 younger siblings. Congratulations Trevaugn!
We Optimist’s wish all four of you students the best there is, we are so proud of your accomplishments and know there are many more to come. Good luck as you continue reaching for the stars! Congratulations and keep up the great work!
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Today, Greg McCune recognized our newest member, Margaret Haden. Margaret grew up in Clay Center and attended K-State University, Graduating in 2012 with a BS in Marketing and a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and a minor in Agricultural Economics. She went to grad school at Utica University in New York State and got an MS in Data Science.
She manages the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Manhattan, Topeka, and Lawrence, utilizing her sales, project management and data skills. Margaret was living in Kansas City when she met her husband, Brett. They have been married for four years. He missed the farm, outside of Green Ks, near Clay Center, she told him “I don’t want to live anywhere that doesn’t have at least one TARGET”, so they compromised and live in Manhattan. They have a cat named Waldo.
Brett is a Design Engineer for Mountain LTD, a farmer and a Real Estate agent for Homestead Real Estate. Margaret enjoys the excellent eating and drinking establishments around Manhattan, traveling anywhere with mountains and occasionally just being a couch potato!
She joined Optimist because of the chance to continue giving back to the next generation. For them to understand the importance of community, we have to show them what a community is, how it helps and how it continues to grow.
CLUB STUFF/ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPCOMING EVENTS:
Hoop, Holler and Shoot: there have been a few changes but we’re moving right along, please sign up to help if you can. The shoots have already started at the schools! Boys Semis Nov 10 and Girls Semis Dec 1, both at Manhattan Christian College at 7:00pm games. A number of workers are needed. Times and Dates Of Hoop, Holler, 'N Shoot. Contact Thad Hall to sign up.
Christmas Tree Lot: sign up sheets are out on tables, be sure to sign up for your shift. The first weekend is when the most trees are sold. Please check your schedules and help when you can!
Please email Jim Franke at email@example.com with your availability and questions.
Annual Dues are DUE!!! Please get your payments to Clyde Scott.
GUESTS: Welcome teachers, administrators, students and families of Frank Bergman and Marlatt Elementary Schools.
Meeting adjourned with the OPTIMIST CREED.
NOVEMBER PROGRAMS: PROGRAM CHAIRS – Sharon Fincham, Jerry Banaka, Jim Franke,
Bruce Bidwell, Mike Fincham
November 8: Student of the Month Presentation
NOON MEETING Mike Dodson – Veterans Day Recognition
November 15: What’s happening with the Christmas Tree Lot?
MORNING MEETING Jim Franke
November 22: Working the Christmas Tree Lot!!!
10:00AM MEETING LUNCH CATERED!!
Jim Franke/Bruce Bidwell
November 29: Business Meeting
MORNING MEETING Bill Wisdom