ACADEMY OPTIMIST CLUB Newsletter
October, 2021
November 6: Harvest Fair; Sand Creek JOI
(needs donations - see below)

November 7: preparing meal at Ronald McDonald House

November 7: the Fun & Fellowship Committee presents:
Olympic Museum tour - here in the Springs!
https://www.optimistcowy.org/mc-events/us-olympic-and-paralympic-museum-tour/?mc_id=672

November 16: Club meeting @ IHOP and on Zoom! 11:30am

November 23: Optimist Board meeting on Zoom 11:30am

December 7: Club meeting @ IHOP 11:30am

December 11: "Comfort & JOI" Christmas Party with Horizon JOI Club for Fostering Hope, 9am-noon

February 4: Oratorical contest for blind students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, 33 N Institute. 9am

February 26: 2nd Quarter Conference @ La Foret, Colo. Spings

Fun and Fellowship Outings Planned for 2021-2022

The District Fun and Fellowship committee is planning some wonderful outings for Governor Nicole’s year, "Fight the Good Fight".

Outing #1 US Olympic and Paralympic Museum
200 S. Sierra Madre St.
Colorado Springs,
Sunday November 7, 2021
1:00pm (Arrive by 12:45)

Museum Tour is $19 per person. After the tour we will have an early dinner.
For more information contact
Kathy Sullivan rksullivan11@aol.com
HARRY DIERKS
NO CLUB MEETING ON NOVEMBER 2

Due to the passing of Harry Dierks, Founding President of the Academy Optimist Club, we will not be holding a club meeting on November 2nd so that those of you who wish to attend Harry's memorial service may do so
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harry Dierks. In 1989, Harry was the founding president of the Academy Optimist Club. He also served as Lt Governor for three years. Harry was active in the club’s activities for many years. 
He was instrumental in the organization and running of a favorite activity, the annual golf tournament. Many young people participated and had a great time in their quest to advance to the district and on to the national competitions. It
was also a FUNdraiser for the club. Most recently, Harry was our Stable Elf on the Santa Train.

Harry loved our club, the members, the kids we worked with and the effect we have on them. His skill in recruiting new members was legendary. He was nicknamed the “Recruitinator”! He will be sorely missed.

For those of you who would like to attend the services for Harry:

Tuesday, 2 November 2021
St Dominic’s Catholic Church
5354 US-85
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

Viewing at 9:30
Rosary at 10:30
Mass at 11:00

The Academy Optimist Club will be sending a donation to St Dominic’s in Harry’s memory. He and Gladys attended St Dominic’s for many years.

Anyone who would like to add a donation in his memory, please send your check to: Academy Optimist Club. PO Box 62762. Colo Springs, CO 80962
Make your check payable to the Academy Optimist Club and mark
“Memory of Harry Dierks” on the memo line.
FIRST QUARTER CONFERENCE
October 23
2021-2022 TOPIC for ORATORICAL & CCDHH:
"Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times"
2021-2022 TOPIC:
"How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?"
ORATORICAL CONTEST Beginning in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program of Optimist International. The contest is designed for young people to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with an opportunity to compete for multiple college scholarships with a pre-assigned topic. District Scholarships: First Place: $2,500 • Second Place: $1,500 • Third Place: $1,000 with a chance to win up to $22,500 at the World Championships level
ESSAY CONTEST The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship! One District Scholarship of $2,500
COMMUNICATION CONTEST FOR THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING This contest offers an opportunity for students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing to present their thoughts in the community, gaining skills, which can only come from signing or speaking to a large audience. Patterned after the Optimist Oratorical Contest, the contest offers youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language with the chance to win a college scholarship. One District Scholarship of $2,500
BIRTHDAYS
November
1 - Nick Cannon
26 - JoLynn Garlow

ANNIVERSARIES
November
Ronda Riley - 8 years

Mark King
Mark King
What a pleasure to have Mark King, former Vista Ridge JOI Club president, past-CO/WY JOI District Governor, and current AOC member, husband and father, come visit us at the October 19 meeting! He gave an inspiring, impromptu speech about the importance of JOI in our schools. We love you, Mark!

SAND CREEK JOI CLUB
The Harvest Fair is for families in the community to enjoy a day of games, face painting, and much more at the school! It is being held on Saturday, Nov. 6th. The JOI Club has made posters and are taking shifts throughout the day as well as running this collection for them. Several Clubs are joining together to make this a success. WE can help!! If you can donate anything prior to November 6, please contact President, Brian Zettel: brain@academyoptimist.org to come pick it up!

DONATIONS NEEDED:
Water bottles
Face Paint
Pipe Cleaners (orange, black, etc.)
Eggs
Paper plates Spoons
Beads and string
Ping Pong Balls
Paper Bags
Pumpkins
Donuts
Chopsticks
Whipped Cream
String
Feathers
Apples
Ribbon
Acrylic Paint
Candy
Please send me any information about your JOI Club - including photos - so they can be featured in our next newsletter!
ronleyopt@gmail.com


ONGOING CLUB FUNDRAISER
Supporting our Club is as easy as simply purchasing groceries or filling up your gas tank!

We meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
@11:30am!
(3rd Tuesdays also via Zoom!)
Please join us for breakfast....or lunch!
5749 Stetson Hills Blvd.

Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Brian Zettel
VICE-PRESIDENT: Billie Nigro
SEC./TREASURER: Joe Priester
PRESIDENT-ELECT: - - - -
PAST-PRESIDENT: Ronda Riley
OI Foundation Rep: Sam Bartley


Members at Large:
Sam Bartley
Carol Brown
Larry Brown
Paul Nigro
Donna Priester
Mike Wolfe


OPTIMIST CREED
Promise Yourself:
• To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
• To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
• To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
• To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come
true.
• To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only
the best.
• To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about
your own.
• To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater
achievements of the future.
• To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living
creature you meet a smile.
• To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no
time to criticize others.
• To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and
too happy to permit the presence of trouble.