Optimist Club Offers Chance To Give Back

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Editor:

This letter is directed to those who work with youth currently or have an interest in being involved with youth. Why am I writing? The Rim Country Optimist Club invites one and all to find out more about our organization and hopefully consider joining.

The Optimist Club is an organization that not only provides financial support for youth organizations and activities but also does things with and for youth. Some examples are the Christmas Food Drive, scholarships, Little League, Payson High School Graduation lock-down, essay contests, food booths for high school rodeo and Gila County Fair, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bowling for Kids, Trunk or Treat and magic show.

Currently, the Optimist Club is doing a makeover in two rooms at Child Protective Services to make them "youth friendly." The makeover includes a supply of books and videos, both for the rooms and for the youth to take to encourage reading and appropriate video viewing.

Why are we looking for new members? Why would someone want to join? If there is an interest in youth, becoming a member is a method of making new friends and meeting many people in the community. If one works with youth on an every day basis, it is an opportunity to present the needs of those they work with and at the same time aid other community (community includes outlying communities) youth in general. If one is retired, the Optimist Club is a "way to give back" and interact with a fun group of people and youth.

If you would like to attend a meeting: The business meeting, where most of the planning takes place, is held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:45 a.m. at Tiny's. The third Wednesday evening meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Tiny's for dinner or 6 p.m. for whatever activity or speaker is planned.

For more information, call 472-2264.

Joan Young, Payson

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