Optimist Club recognizes Optimist of the Year
Published 9:39 pm Friday, January 29, 2016
The Optimist Club of Washington met Jan. 19 at Frank’s Pizza at 7 p.m. President Patty Peebles called the meeting to order. A meal was shared after a blessing of the food. The members discussed the upcoming oratorical contest, which is new to the Washington club. The contest offers scholarships as awards and for the student who wins has an opportunity for a total of over $27,000 in scholarships from the club, zone, district and national levels. The theme for this year’s contest is “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” The deadline for applications is March 18. Janice LaBarbera presented the essay contest information to the club. The essay theme this year is “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction,” and applications with essays are due by Feb. 17. Janice LaBarbera will be contacting all the Beaufort County Schools to give to their students. Entry forms and rules for both competitions are on the Optimist Club website, www.optimistclubwashington.org. The oratorical and essay competition is open to any student under 18 as of Oct. 1, 2015.
President Peebles also discussed a “Kids Speak Out” program for middle school children to compete with a speech and she will be share more info at the next meeting. Vice President Janice Coburn presented Valinda Pinkham with the Optimist of the Year award. Valinda is an instrumental part of the club organization. During the fall and spring soccer seasons she coordinates the coaches, referees and their certifications. She volunteers with each of the activities the club does and provides guidance to club members. She is an invaluable member and her service is recognized and appreciated by all. The meeting was adjourned at 8pm.