Although there was rain, snow, wind, and cold, cold weather, like the Postal Service, the Optimist Club prevailed — 53 people, including young and old, registered for our fifth annual Fishing Festival. There were five dedicated Optimist members, three loyal Game and Fish members, and one hearty volunteer to take care of the participants.
The club’s food booth was running and the usual fare was served. Big fish were caught, and pictures were taken by an Optimist member and a friend of the club and an exciting raffle took place, especially the X-box III with Kinect.
We wish to thank all the businesses, organizations Tonto Apache Tribe, and individuals who donated financial support, silent auction items, cakes, labor, etc. Because of inclement weather, many of the auction items will be held over until next year.
Those who have given to our event include: Tonto Apache Tribe, Christian Bookstore, La Sierra, Payson Candle Factory, Out of Africa, Sears, Shreeve Roofing, Carol and John McCauley, Russ and Mary Goddard-Liberty West Enterprises, Ann Hunter-photographer, Terry Wilbanks, and Terry Winans-Wild Brush.
As we have only had bad weather one out of five years, we plan to see everyone next year for our sixth annual Fishing Festival. In the meantime our Web site, www.rimcountryoptimist.com, is available with information about our club and pictures of club events (2011 Fishing Festival pictures will be posted soon).
Alert: Keep your eyes and ears open for what is going to take place at five fire stations, including Payson and nearby communities, when they join together with the Optimist Club to share in displaying a silent auction item throughout the year for the sixth annual Fishing Festival’s silent auction.
Optimist Club PR Coordinator