MARCH 26, 2019


President Bill called the meeting to order.


Secretary Lynn Larson read the minutes of the February Meeting. Bob O. made a motion to accept.  It was seconded by Joe Z. The motion passed.


Treasurer Bill Lowery reported we have a balance of $1355.05 in the General Fund, $1438.40 in Youth & Community and $4196.85in savings.  Nancy S. made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report.  It was seconded by Darlene and passed.

Janet reported we will have the same hors d’oeuvres as last year for the Wine Taste.  We will need to decide on how many to prepare for this year so we don’t overpay.


Bill Lowery gave a report on the Essay Contest.  We used our own topic this year which was more user friendly.  This resulted in a greater amount of submissions this year than last year.  We had 38 entries. Darlene advised we will provide them with more parameters next year on the structure of the essay.  This will make it a little easier to judge.


Bill also advised that Oratorical Contest went well and the speeches were very nice.  Ken Carano, Darlene and Bill Lowery’s grandson were the judges.  Bill noted that the second place winner had a better speech but the first place winner gave a better delivery.  For the most part the speeches were very good.  We have three winners in the zone but the district only want us to send two.  The District will need to decide if we can send all three.


Pete created a new tri-fold Brochure.  Bill wants everyone to take three and pass them out to people who may be interested in joining the optimist.

Ken discussed the Track Meet which will be in its 39th year. We have 30 schools participating so far – 15 girls and 15 boys. Since we only get the money from the programs he suggested we meet with the athletic director, Jim Penk, to see if we can get a cut from the gate or the entry fees.  This would help offset our costs.  Lori and Lynn will meet with Jim.  They will also try to get money from the shirt sales again.

Bill Lowery advised we had 1071 entries for the Poster Contest.  Pete is trying to get international recognition. He has calls out to the sheriff department, the highway patrol and Austintown police.  Everyone voted on three posters for each grade.   The winners will attend the April dinner meeting along with their parents.

Pete advised a meeting was held about the Picnic to celebrate the Optimists’ 100th anniversary. Nothing has been officially decided, yet.  Kenny suggested Pine Lake golf course because you can bring your own beer there.


Bill Sulenski advised the 50/50 raffle tickets will be available from him while Bill Lowery has knee surgery.  Lynn Shibble won this month’s drawing.


Pete advised he has business cards to hand out if you need them.


The meeting was closed with the Optimist Creed.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynn Larson, Secretary

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Austintown, Oh 44515

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