Bulletin

Bulletin 12/14/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 17 members and 4 guests present, Anh Nguyen, Alvord Unified School District Liaison; and Tamika Smith Jones, UCR Athletic Director, and Darron Pinkney, Assistant.

Birthdays
12/7 Carl Davis
12/20 Joyce Severson
12/31 Barbara Eppinger

Anniversaries
12/12 Tom D’Arco
12/17 Rolando Flores
12/20 Andy Lloyd

Activities
Ed Hunt reported the Optimist Youth Home would announce the Student of the Month on December 17th and it would be a Riverside student. The name was not revealed.

Cheryl Friedberg reported that five blankets were made with the help of twenty-five North High School students. These blankets will be distributed later. Good job!

By-laws will be finalized and distributed January 2017.

Tom Arthur reported that the Press Enterprise ran an article on Taryn Murphy, our Oratorical contest winner. The subject of her winning speech dealt with human trafficking. She has now started her own charity called Journals for the Journey, which provides those who suffered from trauma with a journal to process their experiences. Journals for the Journey currently has a waiting list of over 500 journal requests. For more information on the charity or to make a donation, visit http://www.journalsforthejourney.org/

David Wolfe reported Tri-star at Madison Elementary Jan 27, 1:30 p.m

Frank Whitman reported next year’s lunch will return to the buffet format on a trial basis for two months. If it is not satisfactory we will return to ala a carte. Economics drove the decision.

Accolades to Gil and Sheryl’s hosting of our annual Xmas party. Good times, good friends and good food.

Membership of newly inducted Robin Givens was discussed. It was unanimously decided to terminate her membership due to lack of participation and failure to pay dues. A vote was not taken.

Program
Ahn Nguyen accepted our $1000 donation and indicated that AUSD had approximately 330 homeless kids and our donation would be used to purchase Xmas gift cards for food and other necessities for these students.

Tamica Smith Jones, UCR Athletic Director, oversees seventeen athletic programs encompassing 300 student athletes, presented her vision of the future for those programs. And no, football will not be returning. She is a passionate, energetic leader who has only been in place eighteen months but her programs have shown significant growth during this period. She is striving to enhance the quality of all programs through Promotion (newsletters to all alumni), Partnership (any and all community organizations) and Presence (generating maximum attendance at all sporting events. UCR is in good hands!

Event reminders include:
• December 17th – Rose Parade Float Construction – All day Pasadena
• January 27th – Tri-star – Madison Elementary – 1:30 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter’s elf

The next meeting is at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4
Merry Xmas
&
Happy New Year

Bulletin 12/7/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members and 2 guests present, John McCombs, Madison Elementary principal, and Jalani Bakari, Co-chair Okuasi, Ghana International Relations Council.

Birthdays
11/27 Micki Hicks

Anniversaries
None

Activities

Events previously reported are listed in Events Reminders.

Jim Thornell honored long-time friend and Pearl Harbor survivor, Lou Roffman on this momentous day with a $100 donation. Lou has passed away but he will never be forgotten. Joel followed with a joke that you could almost hear Lou tell.

Barbara Eppinger is doing well and is expected to join us soon.

Donna Wolfe reported all scholarship applications have been sent out.

Gil and Ed reported the Optimist Youth Home Xmas celebration was well done and a huge success.

Program

John McCombs accepted our $1000 donation and indicated it would be used to cover transportation costs for two of their grades to attend The Nutcracker at Riverside Community College. John has been one of our favorite principals as he has traveled from Emerson Elementary to Madison. This year he was honored as the Principal of the Year by the Riverside Association of School Managers and the Riverside Unified School District. Well done John.

Jolani Bakari presented an in-depth overview of the Riverside International Relations Council (IRC). The concept of IRC’s was started in 1956 when President Eisenhower envisioned citizen to country interaction to ensure understanding and peace. Riverside has participated fully in this vision from the very beginning and has a very successfully history for nurturing this concept with eight international cities. Jolani began in Riverside in 2007 and has served as Vice President and President of the council. He has traveled extensively to all of the sister cities sharing the benefits of both social and economic ventures these cities have in common. Most recently he spent his efforts in building two complete water wells, provide medical equipment/supplies, provide a new ambulance and refurbish a slaughter house in Obuiasi, Ghana. For more information go to ircriverside.co.

Event reminders include:

• December 9th – Kids Produce Market Madison Elementary – 12:45
• December 11th – Xmas Party – Heth home – 4-7:30pm
• December 5th – Optimist Youth Home Xmas Celebration – 5:30
• December 12th – Blanket Assembly – North High School – Noon
• December 14th – Open
• December 13th – ROC Board meeting – Wolfe Law Office – 5:30
• December 17th – Rose Parade Float Construction – All day Pasadena
Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter’s ghost writer

The next meeting is at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14

Bulletin 11/30/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and 1 guest, Dr. Diana Royce Walsh, present.

Birthdays
11/27 Micki Hicks

Anniversaries
None

Activities

Events previously reported are listed below.

Cheryl read appreciation letter from Corona USD for our $1000 donation to Jefferson elementary. Additionally, Cheryl is requesting the donation of blankets to be provided to Path of Life for the homeless they are supporting. Bring your blankets to lunch next week.

Donna reported that ‘snowflake’ gifts are due NLT December 14th – unwrapped with snowflake attached.

Rod, Joel and Tom reported on the adventures and achievements of their grandchildren to the delight of those in attendance.

Program

Dr. Diana Walsh, Associate Superintendent at the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), provided a comprehensive overview of the various programs being offered by the county education department. Programs included Alternative Education Services, Foster Youth Services, Special Education Programs, and Migrant Education Services. Their Come Back Kids program, established in 2008, reengages student dropouts, offering an opportunity to complete high school and prepare them to successfully complete college. The College Connection program concentrates on encouraging students to complete their high school education and enroll in college. Improving graduation rates is an important goal for the RCOE and in the last five years they have increased graduation numbers 10%, rising from 77% to 87%. Dr. Walsh’s presentation was very informative and illustrates the efforts of county government to advance education to those in need.

Event reminders include:

• December 5th – Optimist Youth Home Xmas Celebration – 5:30
• December 9th – Kids Produce Market Madison Elementary – 12:45
• December 11th – Xmas Party – Heth home – 4-7:30pm
• December 5th – Optimist Youth Home Xmas Celebration – 5:30
• December 12th – Blanket Assembly – North High School – Noon
• December 14th – Madison Elementary
• December 13th – ROC Board meeting – Wolfe Law Office – 5:30
• December 17th – Rose Parade Float Construction – All day Pasadena
• December 21st – UCR Professor – Entomology

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter’s scribe

The next meeting is at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7

Bulletin 11/16/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:31 p.m. with 13 members and 1 guest present. Jessica Munoz from Voices for Children was our featured speaker. Gil welcomed Vern Hall who has been noticeably absent in recent months and has most certainly been missed.

Birthdays
11/27 Micki Hicks

Anniversaries
None

Activity Reports

Donna Wolfe will deliver grocery goods for the Riverside County Mental Health Department Thanksgiving Food Basket program today.

Ed Hunt reported the Optimist Youth Home will hold its Xmas Celebration event December 5th. This is an especially worthwhile event that epitomizes the good work the Youth Home accomplishes year after year. The Fatherhood Project, sponsored by PSED/Terry and Linda McWeeney, is a program that presents Xmas gifts to the children of the teenage fathers who reside at the Home. The program also works with young fathers guiding them through the many obstacles that accompanies parenthood. Members who have not visited the Home will want to be part of this event. Interested please contact Ed or Gil to make arrangements to attend.

Gil Reported the Octagon Clubs will be supporting Rose Parade construction December 17th. The usual supervisors will be in attendance.

Gil won and then lost his marbles.

Dues were due October 1st. Please make payment to ROC – P.O Box 2036 Riverside 92516. I have attached an invoice for those requesting.

Program
Jessica Munoz is the legal assistant to the recently formed Voices for Children non-profit organization supporting foster children in Riverside County. They expanded from San Diego county replacing the organization that was previously in place. Voices for Children consists of trained volunteers, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), who work one-on-one with a foster child or sibling group. These children have been abused and neglected and have been removed from their homes and place in foster care. CASA’s interact with professionals working on the child’s case, review reports and provide information to Juvenile Court judges so that they can make informed decisions and ensure the child’s needs are met. CASA volunteers change foster children’s lives. This was an excellent presentation about a very worthwhile program supporting the children in our community.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned when everyone left the room.

Event reminders:

• December 5th – Optimist Youth Home Xmas Celebration – 5:30
• December 9th – Kids Produce Market Madison Elementary – 12:45
• December 11th – Xmas Party – Heth home – 4-7:30pm
• December 5th – Optimist Youth Home Xmas Celebration – 5:30
• December 12th – Blanket Assembly – North High School – Noon
• December 14th – Madison Elementary
• December 13th – ROC Board meeting – Wolfe Law Office – 5:30
• December 17th – Rose Parade Float Construction – All day Pasadena
• December 21st – UCR Professor – Entomology

Happy Thanksgiving
No meeting next week.

Bulletin 11/9/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members present.

Birthdays

11/27 Micki Hicks

Anniversaries

Activity Reports

Cheryl reported we received thank you letters from Corona Unified School District for funding and backpacks we provided Jefferson Elementary and from the Children’s Fund.

Donna reported that donations for the Holiday Gift Baskets supporting the Mental Health program for needy families are needed no later than next Wednesday 11/16.

The Kids Produce Market at Madison Elementary had another successful program last Friday and many thanks to the members who volunteered. The next scheduled event will be December 9th at Madison.

Ed Hunt is actively pursuing speakers for our weekly luncheons. He has several from the UCR departments who are interested in sharing their knowledge with us.

Xmas party this year will be at President Gil Heth’s home December 11th 4-8:00 pm. It will be the usual potluck affair. A list will be disseminated later outlining potluck requirements.

Joel espoused the exploits of his grandchildren on the baseball diamond and the soccer field. He was fined for his efforts which he gladly paid.

Donna won the marble draw . . . and so we begin again.

Gil reported the North Octagon Club will be assembling blankets December 12th at noon. Members are welcome.

Gil presented an overview of what was covered at last night’s Board meeting.
• The committee to schedule lunch speakers is progressing.
• The by-laws review is progressing. Tentative changes were reviewed and we are striving to finalize next month.
• The ROC scholarship program will designate 20% of the scholarships to Corona high schools if those students qualify. Additionally, the final candidate list will be provided to the Board for review prior to dissemination.
• The Optimist International Friend of Optimists membership program was discussed. Individuals who want to join but don’t have the time to fully commit can join at $100 with $40 returned to the club. It was agreed that this is a viable method of gaining membership and one we should pursue.
• Creed magnets will be procured to be given to our lunch speakers
Program – There was no program this week
Event reminders include:
• November 16th – Holiday Gift Basket donations – Lunch Meeting
• December 9th – Kids Produce Market Madison Elementary – 12:45
• December 11th – Xmas Party – Heth home – 4-7:30pm
• December 12th – Blanket Assembly – North High School – Noon
• December 13th – ROC Board meeting – Wolfe Law Office – 5:30

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter wannabe

The next meeting is at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16

Bulletin 10/19/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 3 guests present. The guests were Beatty Elementary principal, Jackie Hall, and Castle View principal, Tiffany Farris, and the school’s secretary.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur
10/29 Amanda Wambolt
Anniversaries
10/23 Mary & Jim Thornell

Activity Reports
Gil presented $1000 to Principal Jackie Hall who told us how much they appreciate our Adopt-A-School donation. She went on to tell us the money will be used to purchase string instruments for the Harmony Project – which is within the STEAM Program. Art has been added to STEM which is becoming known as STEAM. The new saying is “Full Steam Ahead”. She also thanked us for our TriStar and bicycle programs.

A $1000 donation was then presented to Castle View principal, Tiffany Farris, which is also one of our Adopt-A-Schools. Farris told us that the funds will go towards their technology program. She also thanked us for TriStar, back packs and bicycle safety.

We were told that Jim & Mary Thornell are doing well while undergoing cancer treatments.

Tom Arthur reported we received a certificate from Optimist Intl. in recognition of our 70-year anniversary.

Program – there was no program this week.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

Event reminders:
Nov. 4, Feeding America/Kids Produce Market, Madison Ele., 12:45 p.m.
Nov. 8, Board Meeting, Wolfe Law Office, 5:30 p.m.

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26

Bulletin 10/12/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 6 members and one guest present. The guest was Emerson Elementary principal, Russ Bouton.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur
10/29 Amanda Wambolt

Anniversaries
10/23 Mary & Jim Thornell

Activity Reports
Gil reported that he and Tom Arthur were attending the District Quarterly in Ontario.

Gil presented $1000 to Principal Russ Bouton who told us how much they appreciate our Adopt-A-School donation. He went on to tell us the money will be used to transport their 4-6th grade classes to see the Nutcracker. The 350 students would then be treated to lunch upon returning to campus. All students will be dressed up for the occasion and RCC will not charge admission. He also thanked us for the bike safety and basketball programs.

Program
Joan Breeding Letbetter presented Pro & Con info on CA Propositions 64-67, Riverside’s Measure Z and RUSD’s Measure O.

October 14, Feeding America/Kids Produce Market, Madison Ele., 12:45 p.m.
October 20, Blanket-making at Norte Vista High, 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 8, Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19

Bulletin 10/5/2016

President Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and two guests present. The guests were Corona’s Jefferson Elementary principal, Alex Vasquez, and vice-principal, Addie Ruiz.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur
10/29 Amanda Wambolt

Anniversaries
10/23 Mary & Jim Thornell

Cheryl Friedberg said that Barbara Eppinger is still improving following her knee surgery.

Activity Reports
Gil reported on decisions/discussion at last night’s Board meeting including the following:
– 2016-17 budget was reviewed
– Luncheon program speakers
– Involving new members in activities, committees, etc.

Gil presented $1000 to Principal Alex Vasquez who told us how much they appreciate our Adopt-A-School donation. He went on to tell us the money will be used to take their 4 third grade classes to the Aquarium of the Pacific. He also thanked us for the 50 back packs.

Donna Wolfe reported that Riverside County Mental Health Dept. contacted her about their Thanksgiving Food Basket program. It was decided to participate and then members signed up to donate certain items for one or more families at Thanksgiving.

Joel Friedberg said he just learned the Exchange Club’s golf tournament was in 2 days. We agreed to support the event by purchasing a $200 t-sign,  with the Friedberg’s picking up half the cost.

Tom Arthur told us that he and Lacy attended Redlands Optimist Club’s Octoberfest on Oct. 1 and MoVal’s Quarter Mania.  After he said that 3000 people at $5 per person attended the Octoberfest, members expressed interest in holding such an event ourselves.

Cheryl was pleased that she had been able to purchase 24 fabric/blanket kits for $7.50 each – at least 50% off the regular price. She also told us that several San Diego State students helped her load the items into her car. The materials will be used on Oct. 20 at Norte Vista to make blankets. If you are able to help, get in touch with Cheryl at 733-9716 or cheryljoel@sbcglobal.net.

Program
Joan Breeding Letbetter presented Pro & Con info on CA Propositions 60-63.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders
Oct. 14, Feeding America/Kids Produce Market, Madison Ele., set up starts at 12:45 p.m.
Oct. 20, Blanket-making at Norte Vista High, 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12

Bulletin 9/28/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members (including new member and friend of Cheryl & Joel Friedberg, Joyce Severson) and no guests present.

Birthdays
9/15 Bill Summers
9/18 Rod Crampton
9/19 Donna Wolfe
9/27 Cheryl Friedberg

Anniversaries
9/5 Diana Ruiz

Blanket making is scheduled on October 20 at Norte Vista at noon. If you can assist in making
blankets, contact Cheryl at 951-733-9716 or cheryljoel@sbcglobal.net. Gil Heth announced that 90 Novi students have expressed interest in the Octagon Club.

Tom Arthur said that ROBCI will meet following next week’s lunch meeting. As a quorum is needed, please attend next Wednesday.

David Wolfe told us that the Olive Crest student he is mentoring is now in his own apartment and needs household equipment such as utensils, lamps, chest of drawers, vacuum cleaner, etc. Items can be delivered to their office or call them at 952-682-0692.

Program
Joan Breeding Letbetter presented Pro & Cons on CA Propositions 51-59.

Event reminders:
Oct. 4, Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
Oct. 5, next lunch meeting, 12:30 p.m., CCCC
Oct. 14, Feeding America/Kids Produce Market, Madison Ele., 12:45 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5

Bulletin 9/21/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. with 10 members and one guest present. The guest was Lynn Heatley of Love Riverside.

Birthdays

9/15 Bill Summers
9/18 Rod Crampton
9/19 Donna Wolfe
9/27 Cheryl Friedberg

Anniversaries

9/5 Diana Ruiz

Frank Whitman told us that the cost of the Installation Dinner is $60 for regular members, $65 for lifetime members and $40 for guests. Member payment is covered in your membership fee and payment for guests is required prior to the night of the dinner. Dinner attendees have the choice of steak or salmon and must let Frank know ASAP what they want. Contact him at 951-780-3748 or Frank.whitman@sbcglobal.net.

Rod Crampton said his cancer treatment is going well and that he only has one chemo session left.

Bob Bahnsen told us that his wife Virginia’s recent x-rays show she is healing well.

Marvin Leonard also said that he is feeling fine and thanked us for asking.

Donna Wolfe reported that Riverside County Mental Health Dept. contacted her inquiring
about the Thanksgiving Food Basket and Snowflake Banner Programs. The programs will be discussed at the next Board meeting.

Program
Lynn Heatley told us that she was born and raised in Riverside and that the Love Riverside Program is a state-wide organization begun in Modesto. She went on to tell us that their vision
is to bring together people of faith and good-will living a lifestyle of generosity, serving and loving the people of Riverside in a spirit of collaboration. She invited us to attend a Serve Day on October 22, 2016 at Sherman Indian High School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info go to www.loveriversde.org.

Frank Whitman told us that he had received information from the Optimist Youth Home that we are in the $1000-4999 donor category.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders
Sept. 30, Installation Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Victoria Country Club
Oct. 14, Feeding America/Kids Produce Market, Madison Ele., set up starts at 12:45 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28

Bulletin 9/14/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 11 members and no guests present.

Birthdays
9/15 Bill Summers
9/18 Rod Crampton
9/19 Donna Wolfe
9/27 Cheryl Friedberg

Anniversaries
9/5 Diana Ruiz

Frank Whitman told us that the cost of the Installation Dinner is $60 for regular members, $65 for lifetime members and $40 for guests. Member payment is covered in your membership and payment for guests is required prior to the night of the dinner. Dinner attendees have the choice of steak or salmon and must let Frank know ASAP what they want. Contact him at 951-780-3748 or Frank.whitman@sbcglobal.net.

Members approved the list of proposed 2016-2017 Board members as follows:
President Gil Heth
President-Elect Amanda Wambolt
Past President Lacy Lenon Arthur
Vice President Micki Hicks
Vice President Joan Breeding Letbetter
Secretary-Treasurer Frank Whitman
Directors: Donna Wolfe, Bill Summers, Bob Perez, Rene Benitiz and Joel Friedberg
Program – There was no program this week.
Event reminders:
Sept. 30, Installation Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Victoria Club

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Bulletin 9/7/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and no guests present.

Birthdays
9/15 Bill Summers
9/18 Rod Crampton
9/19 Donna Wolfe
9/27 Cheryl Friedberg

Anniversaries
9/5 Diana Ruiz

Tom reported that he, Joel Friedberg and Rod Crampton sold $1400 worth of PSED/Moreno Valley Optimist Football Fundraiser tickets for a profit of $700 for our club.

Frank Whitman told us that it appears the cost of the Installation Dinner will be $60 for regular members, $65 for lifetime members and $40 for guests. He said the Board will finalize the dinner costs at next week’s meeting.

After much discussion about finalizing the list of proposed 2016-2017 Board members, the issue was referred to next week’s Board agenda.

Program – There was no program this week.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Event reminders:
Sept. 13, Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
Sept. 30, Installation Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Victoria Country Club

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14

Bulletin 8/31/2016

Ed Hunt called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members and 1 guest present.
The guest was past member Nancy Harris.

Birthdays
8/25 Andrew Lloyd
8/29 Lacy Lenon Arthur

Anniversaries
8/10 David & Donna Wolfe
8/20 Mark Cloud

Bob Bahnsen thanked everyone for their kind thoughts and cards for his wife, Virginia, following her back surgery. He said she is doing very well.

Everyone was pleased to see Jim & Mary Thornell in attendance, as they are both battling cancer together. Stay strong!

Rod Crampton, who is also dealing with cancer treatments, said he is doing well too.

The Installation Dinner is on Sept. 30 at the Victoria Country Club. Details to follow.

David Wolfe said we received a thank you from the Olive Crest Boys Home for the 24 backpacks we donated to them.

Cheryl Friedberg told us that the Children’s Fund thanked us for the donation of 48 backpacks.

Thanks to Cheryl, we celebrated Marvin Leonard’s birthday with cake, cards and song.

Program
Ed Hunt read a short history of well-known sayings. Well done.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
Sept. 13, Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7

Bulletin 7/27/2016

President Elect Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:29 p.m. with 10 members present. Our guest speaker had canceled due to illness.
Song: Ed Hunt and tom spiel
Pledge: Marvin Leonard
Inspirational Words: Cheryl Friedberg provided an inspirational prayer for Jim Thornell’s recovery.

Ed Hunt reported that Jim Thornell had emergency surgery for colon cancer and infection. He is in ICU at RCH. Mary will not be taking any calls and their daughter Janice is the spokesperson: 951-315-9795. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim, Mary and their entire family.

Joel Friedberg talked up the fundraiser regarding football games that is being promoted by the Moreno Valley Optimist Club. Each card is $20.00 and we receive $10.00 from each card.

Joel also announced that both grandsons played in baseball tournaments this weekend and Hamilton pitched and knocked in the winning run to assist his team to win the USSSA Global World Series.

Marvin Leonard announced that RCH will host a survivors cancer dinner on August 3rd and he will be attending.

Virginia Bahnsen will be having her back surgery tomorrow at Kaiser Los Angeles. Lets wish her well.

Tom Arthur also announced a fundraiser to celebrate Lacy Arthurs ? birth day on August 27th at 6 pm RSVP Amanda 951-533-1099.

Gil Heth announced that ROC bought $1000 of raffle tickets to support the Optimist boys Home.

Scholarship recipient Rachel Mershon sent a thank you note to the club. She will be attending Ca Poly SLO.

July Birthdays:
Tom Spiel, Vern Hall, Campbell and Gil Heth
July Anniversaries:
Perez, Letbetter and Heth.

Gill paid up for the double whammy with a check for $122.00. You do the math.

Next Week: Respect for Law. Please try to attend!

Ed Hunt won the raffle but lost the draw.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3rd

Bulletin 7/20/2016

President Lacy Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 13 members and 1 guest – Jill Johnson Young.

Song: Tom Arthur
Pledge: Bob Bahnsen
Invocation: Cheryl Friedberg

Alvord unified sent a thank you for the $1000.00 donation to be used for homeless students.
Smart and Final made a donation of $250.00 to be used towards pancake breakfast.

Bob Bahnsen said Respect for Law is set for August 3rd. Joan will be in charge. There will be 7 firefighters and about 7 police.

Tom Arthur brought forth a money making fundraising scheme regarding football games that is being promoted by the Moreno Valley Optimist Club. Several members decided to participate.

Tom Arthur continued to promote the football Fundraiser. We already made $50.00. The total payout will be $5100.00 .  Cards are $20.00 each.

A fundraiser party to celebrate the birth of Lacy Arthur will be held August 27th at 6 pm at Lacy’s residence.  RSVP Amanda 951-533-1099.

March Air Museum donated 5 tickets to raffle off.  Attend our next meeting.

Drawing: Marvin Leonard drew a clear marble.

Program

Jill Johnson Young is co-owner of the Central Counseling Center. They tout themselves as “ a place to find healing, education, support, and a safe space in Riverside”. They provide bilingual counseling , dementia support, private adoption assist, youth and teen groups, grief and loss counseling, co-parenting counseling, Tele-health and on-line counseling, kids court , transgender services, and the purple cities campaign for dementia in Riverside. They are located at 6840 Indiana Ave., Suite 275, Riverside, 92506, 951-7780230
Info@centralcounselingservices.net.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27th

Bulletin 7/13/2016

Past President Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12members and 4 guests and 2 program presenters. The guests were Milan Hirpara, Glory Orekoya and her mother along with Elsa Rodriguez-Fitzgerald a prospective new member. The program on March Field Air Museum was presented by Jamil Dada and Greg Kuster.

Donna Wolfe presented a ROC $1000 scholarship to Glory Orekoya a graduate of Rubidoux HS who will attend UCR in their BioChemistry program and then plans to attend Medical School and become a gynecologist . Milan Hirpara is a graduate of LaSierra HS and plans to attend UCLA majoring in neuro science. He plans to become a neuro surgeon. So our club will be covered for strokes and babies. Yea!

Gill Heth provided information about the International Convention and their push to achieve 200,000 members in two years. Membership has been declining and International will actively work to change this.

Tom Arthur brought forth a money making fundraising scheme regarding football games that is being promoted by the Moreno Valley Optimist Club. Several members decided to participate.

Tom Arthur also announced a fundraiser to celebrate Lacy Arthurs ? birth day on August 27th at 6 pm RSVP Amanda 951-533-1099.

Program
Jamie Dada, President and Greg Kuster Operations Manager gave an excellent power point presentation of the March Field Air Museum. They have over 77 Aircraft on display, along with 4 Hangars and 30,000 artifacts. It is one of only 60 museums in the country to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The museum has evolved over the years into an educational venue and interactive museum. They also have the largest collection of aviation jackets spanning all the US wars. They have many planes not seen anywhere else. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am to 4 pm. Admission is adults $10, kids 5-11 $5.00 and 4 and under free.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20th

Bulletin 6/29/2016

Past President Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 9 members and 1 guest present. The guest was one of our scholarship recipients, Dieanna Prudhome.

Tom presented a scholarship to Dieanna Prudhome, a North High graduate who will be attending UC Fullerton in the fall majoring in kinesiology. She thanked us for providing a scholarship to her and said she was very appreciative.

Two articles from the summer Optimist magazine were pointed out. Joan Breeding Letbetter was impressed with the Optimist Intl. Jr. Golf Championship article, particularly the number of winners currently playing on the PGA & LPGA Tour. Andrew Lloyd called attention to the piece on the St. Louis Optimist Club president of 1928 being Branch Rickey. Ricky was the first president of the St. Louis Browns, and then president of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Arthur told us that incoming president, Gil Heth, was currently attending the Optimist Intl. Convention in Quebec, Canada.

Activity Reports
Arthur said that our oratorical winner, Taryn Murphy, was one of four students that tied for first place but was not named the winner. Murphy will be able to participate again next year.

Bob Bahnsen reported that fire and police have named honorees for the Respect for Law program. A date still needs to be determined for the luncheon.

Program
At this point we joined the Exchange Club to listen to a Patrick Henry impersonator whose name is James Riley. Riley did an incredible job of portraying Henry, especially in his presentation of Henry’s Liberty speech of March 3, 1775: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6

Bulletin 6/8/2016

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with 18 members and 32 guests present. The guests were our scholarship recipients and their relatives and friends.

Anniversaries
6/23 Tom and Lacy Arthur
6/30 Rene Benitez
6/20 Rod Crampton
6/14 Tom Spiel

Activity Reports
Lacy told us that our oratorical winner, Taryn Murphy, has advanced to the international competition on June 23 & 24 at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. The tournament will be streamed live at www.optimist.org/stream. The regional contest is on the 23rd from 9-2:30 (CDT), with the world event on the 24th from 10-1:00 (CDT). Let’s all try to watch and support our local winner. Way to go Taryn! Good luck.

Lacy next said that she is earned $50 for our organization by test driving a BMW. This program is a fund-raiser for Million Kids whose purpose is to prevent human trafficking.

David Wolfe reported that our sail boat with skipper Christian Nichols came in 6th out of 8 entries. Christian is a graduate of Olive Crest and received a scholarship to attend Cal Baptist.

Program
Donna Wolfe introduced 18 of our scholarship recipients. We donated $52,000 in scholarships to 22 students from Corona, Hillcrest, La Sierra, Norte Vista, North and Santiago High Schools.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22

Bulletin 6/8/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 20 members and 2 guests present. The guests were our speaker City Manager John Russo and Karl Hicks, husband of Micki Hicks.

Birthdays
None

Anniversaries
6/23 Tom and Lacy Arthur
6/? Rene Benitez
6/20 Rod Crampton
6/14 Tom Spiel

Activity Reports
President Arthur conducted the new member induction of Bob Perez, Donna Ruiz and
Bill Summers. Perez is a retired teacher; Ruiz works at the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation Center; and, Summers is a retired Teamsters business agent.

It was announced that member Rod Crampton is home and recovering from surgery to treat lymphoma. Members were told that visits and cards would be welcomed.

Bob Bahnsen was pleased to tell us that President Arthur was successful in getting 10 bicycles
donated to our bicycle safety program.

Gil Heth told us that he, Ed Hunt and Tom Spiel attended the Boy’s Home dinner on Monday June 6, and had a very good time. Ed mentioned that the Home is considering merging or buying
another school; a charter school administrator spoke about accreditation requirements; several students were honored for their achievements; and,14 students are graduating.

David Wolfe reminded us of Saturday’s sailing Regatta at Fairmount Park. Our skipper is 18-year-old Christian, a student at Olive Crest. Christian has received a scholarship to attend Cal Baptist University. The Regatta & Hot Dog BBQ costs $10 per person and our race is about 4p.m.

Program
City Manager John Russo’s emphasis was on the budget quandary that the city finds itself in.  However, he believes it can be handled in a couple of ways, including moving to a two-year budget cycle, incentives to not over spend by having balances roll over rather than “use it or lose it”, and rotating audits. The audits will review 3 departments each year beginning with Public Utilities, Human Resources and Finance. They have also adopted a program of conducting 5 performance measures for each department to achieve per year. The budget problem stems from having $15 million in expenses and $10 million in revenue. The Council has had to use reserves – something that he really does not want to do.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminder:
– June 15, Scholarship Dinner Meeting, CCCC, 6 p.m.

Bulletin 6/1/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 13 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Nancy Melendez from the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation

Birthdays

Anniversaries
6/23 Tom and Lacy Arthur
6/84 Rene Benitez
6/63 Rod Crampton
6/14 Tom Spiel

Activity Reports
Joel Friedberg gave a brief report on the golf tournament. We do not have a final total but the consensus is that a good time was had by all. Joel paid up for his 74th birthday and his and Cheryl’s upcoming 50th wedding anniversary. Then the club gave him the gift of the birthday song.

Gil Heth announced that Ed Hunt is driving the the Boy’s Home on Monday June 6, and anyone interested in attending should contact him.

Donna Wolfe announced that almost all the scholarships have been awarded and the last will be presented June 6th by Tom Arthur. The scholarship dinner will be June 15th at 6pm at CCCC.

Tom had the winning number but lost at the marble draw.

Program
Nancy Martinez, President of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation spoke about the history of the Trujillo family and their impact on the history of Riverside, Colton Highland and San Bernardino. 10 families established “La Placita” and “Agua Mansa” settlements along the Santa Ana River in the Riverside and Colton areas in the 1840’s. Lorenzo Trujillo led these families and helped establish the first non-native, non-mission settlement in the entire San Bernardino valley and the largest between New Mexico and Los Angeles. Ms Martinez’s Foundation is comprised of all family members who wish to save the Trujillo adobe house built in 1862-3. The house was transferred to the County of Riverside and then annexed into the City of Riverside in 2005 with the hope that the adobe would be restored and eventually turned into a historic attraction.
Other Notables: Alice Rowan, a free black slave was the first school teacher at the school.
The first adobe built in 1842 was washed away in the flood of 1862. The first church was built in 1852 and it’s bell now resides at Las Companos Restaurant at the Mission inn. In 1890 the Trujillo water company was formed and is operational to this day. Also in 1890 a Cantina was built which Split the SanBernadino Riverside County line. During the 1930’s Prohibition when the sheriff’s came to arrest the drinkers, the patrons would all move to the San Bernardino side of the bar. The book Defending Eden by Joyce Carter Vickery describes the history of the families and how they built their community. Currently the Foundation sponsors a Tamale Festival fund raiser to eventually combine with matching funds in the hope of fully restoring the adobe. In 2015 it achieved City Land Mark Status.
Tours can be set up for large groups by contacting Nancy Melendez at 951-235-3586 or nancy.melendez@me.com.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
– June 8, lunch meeting speaker is City Manager John Russo
– June 15, Scholarship Dinner Meeting, CCCC, 6 p.m.

Submitted by Donna Wolfe

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Bulletin 5/25/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and 4 guests present. The guests were Michelle Steel and Lauren Cambusome from Provident Bank and Pete and Roberta Benavidez of Blindness Support Services Inc., who were the day’s speakers.

Birthdays
5/9 Jim Thornell
5/29 Joel Friedberg

Anniversaries
5/5 Craig Roubinek
5/12 Bob Bahnsen

President Arthur introduced the representatives from Provident Bank who were pleased to have a check in the amount of $1095 to provide to us. This amount was up substantially from last year’s award of $397. This money is a result of several of our members linking their Provident accounts to our Optimist Club number. Accounts can be checking, savings, business or CDs. Members are encouraged to open such accounts as a way to raise money to be used on our programs.

Activity Reports
Frank Whitman said that he is aware of $7028 being raised by last week’s golf tournament. He also told us that he believes we had 50 or so golfers, not including the 30 high school golfers. More information is still to be received from the Moreno Valley Optimist Club and he will let us know more in the very near future. Members mentioned several items they would like to see improved on, such as more mulligans.

Gil Heth said that there were 8 winners in the Golf Ball Drop and that 1200 ball drop chances were sold. He estimates that $7900 was raised but more info is still needed from MoVal.

Donna Wolfe checked with those members that had already distributed scholarships and those that still needed to do so. This included Gil, Joan, Cheryl & Joel, Chuck, Tom, Donna & David.

Ed Hunt reminded us of the Quarterly at the Optimist Home in L.A. on Monday, June 6. He said that they will have a guest star in attendance and special foods will be served.

Bob Bahnsen said that the Bicycle Safety program at Madison Elementary School last week had 200 4th & 5th grade students in attendance. He believed the program was quite successful and that he appreciated that Rene Benetiz successfully assisted in presenting the program. Bikes, helmets and locks were awarded to 3 students.

Program
Pete Benavidez has been blind since birth due to retinitis pigmentosa and believes that blindness is not the worst thing that can happen to a person, but that it is an inconvenience that with training, life can still be good. He told us that programs and services include orientation & mobility instruction, training in travelling, independent living skills, computer and technology, jobs and employment, among others. He said that the program assists 1300-1400 people each year.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
– June 8, lunch meeting speaker is City Manager John Russo
– June 15, Scholarship Dinner Meeting, CCCC, 6 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1

Bulletin 5/18/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members present. The speaker was new Optimist member Bob Perez representing the Riverside Community Sailing Program.

Birthdays
5/9 Jim Thornell
5/29 Joel Friedberg
Anniversaries
5/5 Craig Roubinek
5/12 Bob Bahnsen

Activity Reports
Joel Friedberg told us that we have 75 golfers signed up for the Golf Tournament on Monday the 23rd, but more 3-person teams are needed. He also mentioned that t-signs still need to be sold at a cost of $125 each.

Joel next said that we had 33 kids participate in our Jr. Golf Tournament and he thanked everyone that helped. He then said that there were several winners. After ensuring that
funding was not an issue, the group voted to send 3 of the winners to the District tournament.

Donna Wolfe reminded members of the scholarship award meetings they had agreed to attend.

Bob Bahnsen said that the last Bicycle Safety Program is on the 20th at Madison Elementary at 1:45 p.m. He said that 380 students were in attendance at last week’s program at Emerson. He also told us that these programs now include safety tips on using skate and/or roller boards.

Gil Heth told us that we made $1105 selling Golf Ball Drop chances last Fri.-Sunday at CCCC, General Olds and Van Buren. Next Sunday we will again sell chances at CCCC.

Cheryl Friedberg stated that those people donating raffle baskets for the golf tournament need to bring them on the day of the event at 10:00 a.m. The baskets should be wrapped, labeled and have a card on them.

Ed Hunt told us that there is a Quarterly at the Optimist Home in L.A. on Monday, June 6. He said that they will have a guest star in attendance and special foods will be served. A couple of members expressed interest in attending with him.

Program
Optimist member, Bob Perez, who is also active in the Riverside Community Sailing Program, said he mainly wanted to promote the coming Regatta on June 11 from 4-7:30 p.m. He said that of the group’s $15,000 budget, $8,000 comes from the Regatta. He was proud to tell us that over 400 students have been trained to sail since 2008. The lessons cost $30-50 and consist of 6 sessions. He said they also have training programs for adults. We also reminded ourselves that we won the community organization race two years ago. After discussing the admission fee, members voted to enter this year’s race after being assured we would have a sailor to sail our “Sabot”.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Event reminders:
– May 20, Bicycle Safety at Madison Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Ball Drop, Canyon Crest Country Club
– June 15, Scholarship Dinner Meeting, CCCC, 6 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25

Bulletin 5/11/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 16 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Damien O’Farrell, CEO of the Path of Life Ministries, who was the
day’s speaker.

Birthdays
5/9 Jim Thornell
5/29 Joel Friedberg

Anniversaries
5/5 Craig Roubinek
5/12 Bob Bahnsen

Everyone was excited to see charter member Carl Davis attend the meeting. Carl moved
back to Riverside in April after living in Arizona for the last 25 years. Carl is enjoying
living in Alta Vita, which, I believe, used to be known as March Air Force West.

Activity Reports
Joel Friedberg reminded us that our Jr. Golf Tournament is this Sunday the 15th at 11 a.m.
at Van Buren Golf Center. He told us that we have 29-30 kids signed up so far and was
pleased to get 10 members to volunteer. He said that it appears we will have 8 foursomes and each participant will get balls, tees and markers. Volunteers are to be there by 10:30 a.m.

Joel also said that he has received $835 from his mailing regarding the Golf Ball Drop and encouraged members to send request letters out themselves. He also mentioned that t-signs need to be sold for our Golf Tournament on May 23. The cost is $125 each. We also need more 3-person teams.

Gil Heth told us that he will be selling Golf Ball Drop chances Saturday at General Olds and Friday at Canyon Crest Country Club.

Cheryl stated that those people donating raffle baskets for the golf tournament need to bring them on the day of the event during the 10:30 a.m. registration.

It was announced that the Board voted favorably on 4 new members at their last meeting.
They are Robin Goins, Bob Perez, Bill Summers and Diana Ruiz.

Tom Arthur stated that the Bike Safety Program at Fremont Elementary went really well
and that 3 bikes were presented to students.

Program
Damien O’Farrell began his program by thanking us for the blankets we donate to his organization and for the programs we have that support children. He told us that Path of
Life Ministries has been providing services to the homeless since 2005. Their mission is to
help people become productive in life by addressing barriers or dysfunction through the
process of Rescuing, Restoring and Rebuilding Lives. He went on to tell us that household
items are needed for those people they find homes for. This includes furniture, bedding,
small appliances, pots and pans, etc. They also have a program whereby you can donate $5 per month towards helping a homeless person move into a recovery home. Damian said that 92% goes to the individual. For more info, visit thepathoflife.com.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Event reminders:
– May 15, Jr. Golf Tournament, Van Buren Golf Center, 11 a.m. start
– May 20, Bicycle Safety at Madison Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Ball Drop, Canyon Crest Country Club
– June 15, Scholarship Dinner Meeting, CCCC, 6 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18

Bulletin 5/4/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and 4 guests present.
The guests were Russ Bouten and Talia Churchwell from Emerson Elementary and Deborah Macias and Andrew Guerra Jr., from the Arlington Business Partnership, who were the day’s speakers. Also in attendance was new member Bob Perez, who is a friend of Tom Arthur.

Birthdays
5/9 Jim Thornell
5/29 Joel Friedberg

Anniversaries
5/5 Craig Roubinek
5/12 Bob Bahnsen

Activity Reports:
Cheryl read a thank you letter from Longfellow Elementary School thanking us for the donation of $1000 given to them as one of our Adopt-A-Schools.

Tom Arthur then introduced Russ Bouten and presented him with a $1000 check as Emerson Elementary is also one of our Adopt-A-Schools. Bouten said that the money we gave to his school last year was spent on taking all of the 3rd-5th graders to see the Nutcracker at R.C.C.

Tom then told us that the winner of our Oratorical Contest, Taryn Murphy, not only went on to win at the District-Regional level, she is moving on the International level where she will compete for the $20,000 prize.

Tom announced that the 2nd District Quarterly is going to be a 3-day cruise out of Long Beach on. 10-13, 2017. The next quarterly after that is on Aug. 12th-14th in Barstow. He went on to tell us that the Redlands Optimist Club is holding their 25th Annual Car Show & Chile Cook Off on
June 4 at Sylvan Park in Redlands. For more info, call Evan Dieterich at 951-840-5575. Tom

Gil Heth told us that $835 was made selling Golf Ball Drop chances at Canyon Crest Country Club last Saturday. He next reminded us that our club golf tournament is following next week’s lunch meeting at the Van Buren Golf Center. And, that the Jr. Golf Tournament is tentatively set for May 15 at Van Buren Golf Center at 11.

closed his comments by telling us that District presented Honor Club certificates to Ed Hunt, Frank Whitman and Rod Crampton.

Bob Bahnsen told us that last week’s Bicycle Safety Program at Castle View went very well. He thanked everyone that helped or attended the program for the 275 students. This Friday the Bicycle Safety Program is at Fremont Elementary. Volunteers should arrive at 1:30 p.m.

Gil Heth said that Rolando Flores helped him sell $80 worth of Ball Drop chances at Van Buren Golf Center last Sunday. We will be selling chances next Sat. at General Old.

Joel Friedberg said that we have 16 kids, signed up for the Jr. Golf Tournament on May 15. We still need at least 4 more golfers. Volunteers need to arrive by 10:30 a.m. for a 11:00 a.m. start time. Age categories of jr. golfers are 9-12 and 14-18. He also told us that for our golf tournament on May 23, we need to sell t-signs at $125 each and we need more 3-person teams.

Cheryl stated that those people donating baskets for the tournament need to bring them on the day of the event.

Program
Deborah Macias told us about the Arlington Business Partnership’s 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car/Cycle Show on May 28 from 9:30 – 5:00 p.m. They expect 40,000 people to attend and have 150-170 cars on display. Some of the other activities include a kid’s zone, food vendors, live music, and beer & wine gardens.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Event reminders:
– May 6, Bicycle Safety at Fremont Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
– May 10, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– May 13, Bicycle Safety at Emerson Elementary, 1:00 p.m.
– May 15, Jr. Golf Tournament, Van Buren Golf Center, 11 a.m. start
– May 20, Bicycle Safety at Madison Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Ball Drop, Canyon Crest Country Club

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11

Bulletin 4/27/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 16 members and 26 guests present.
The guests were Liz Diaz, a friend of Amanda Wambolt, and Bob Perez, a friend of Tom
Arthur. The other guests were Junior Achievement, Oratorical and Essay honorees and their
families and friends.

Birthdays
None

Anniversaries
4/17 Micki Hicks
4/18 Frank Whitman

Activity Reports:
Joel Friedberg presented trophies to Ed Hunt and Joan Breeding Letbetter. Ed’s was for shoot-ing the low score at the Optimist Golf Tournament on April 20. Joan’s was for getting a hole-in-one during the putting contest. Joel then told those in attendance about our many community
programs.

Program
Cheryl Friedberg introduced Taryn Murphy to us. Taryn was the 1st place winner in the Oratorical and Essay contests. Taryn then presented her speech to those in attendance. Her speech topic was “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” She also won the speech contest at the regionaBl level and came in 3rd at District. In all Taryn won $550 in the 3 contests.

Next, Joan Breeding Letbetter introduced 8 of the 9 Youth Appreciation honorees. They are
Samantha Cantos, La Sierra Academy; Matthew Gayad, North; Carlee Guthaus, MLK; Danielle Nelson, Riverside Christian; Stephanie Pascual, Poly; Sarah Selders, Summit View; Saaria Sohail,
La Sierra; Wesley Smith, Norte Dame; and, Wendy Ulloa, Ramona. Saaria and Matthew tied for 1st place and each received $100.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Event reminders:
– May 10, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– May 15, Jr. Golf Tournament, Van Buren Golf Center, 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. start
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4

Bulletin 4/20/2016

Lacy Arthur called the meeting to order at 06:20 p.m. with 16 members and 4 guests present. The guests were Carol D’Arco and Nancy Harris and the guest speakers were Dr. Robin Goins with Smooth Transitions and Diana Ruiz with Riverside Green Fest and summit.

Song: Jim Thornell and Tom D’arco
Pledge: Marvin
Inspiration: Cheryl

Birthdays
None
Anniversaries
4/17 Micki Hicks
4/18 Frank Whitman

Activity Reports:
Gil Heth told us that $455.00 was made selling Golf Ball Drop chances at General Olds and Van Buren golf courses last Saturday/Sunday. Gil needs help next Saturday and Sunday selling balls

Bob Bahnsen reported that a Bicycle Safety Program is scheduled on April 22 at Beatty Elementary School at 1:15 pm.

Joel Friedberg said that he had sent a solicitation letter regarding the Ball Drop and had received several donations. He urged other members to do the same. He mentioned that 15 golf balls cost $100, and 7 go for $50.

Tom Arthur stated that the Zone Oratorical Contest has been held and that our entrant Terren Murphy won and will go on to the District in Buena Park.

Joel Friedberg report the the Riverside Optimist Club Putting Tournament at Van Buren had a winner with a score or 21—Ed Hunt. Also there were 2 hole in one winners, Carl Hicks and Joan Letbetter. Joel also reported that he has collected $150.00 from Friends and Family and $200 from Toyota

Alvord Unified sent a letter of Thanks for the backpacks and blankets.

Donna Wolfe reported that the scholarships are completed and we will be giving out 12 Riverside optimist club Scholarships and 10 Brad and Portia Stevens Scholarships. The Scholarship Dinner will be June 15th at 6 pm at Canyon Crest.

Programs
Dr. Robin Goins spoke about the Smooth Transitions
program and thanked us for our donation of $25000. The money has purchased laptop computers and printers for 30 foster students who plan to go on to higher education. The demographics are 43% female and 57% male. 65% want to go to college. After the program 15% improved their computer skills and 57% left with increased self confidence.

Diana Ruiz with the Riverside Green Festival and Summit encouraged everyone to attend April 23rd at RCC Quad and Garden. 9 am-12:30 will celebrate green living with tips for backyard farmers, healthy fresh eating from local farms, hands on activities for kids, lady bug release and worm farm demonstration. From noon to 1 pm a local foods lunch will be served in the student dining room. The Sustainability Summit will be held from 1-3 pm. Here ideas will be shared in order to maintain a healthier life. Preregistration is recommended. www.eventbrite.com/e/riverside-green-festival-and-summit-tickets-21660784991. Also 951-683-7691 Ext 201

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Event reminders:
– April 22, Bicycle Safety at Beatty Elementary
– April 26, City Council recognition of Youth Appreciation students, 6 p.m.
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– April 29-May 1, District Quarterly, Raddison Hotel in Buena Park
– May 5, Jr. Golf Tournament, Van Buren Golf Center, 11 a.m.
– May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop
– June 15 Scholarship Dinner CCCC 6 pm

Submitted by Donna Wolfe

Bulletin 4/13/2016

Today’s meeting was opened at 12:30 by “acting-in-his wife’s-absence” Past-President Tom Arthur. There were 13 members and 3 guests present. The guests were Alyssa May Mitchell, Amanda Stevens, and Stevie Taken all of the Homespun Players.
The song was led by Donna and David Wolfe, Alyssa Mitchell sang the Star Spangled Banner (WOW!) , and Cheryl Friedberg shared an inspirational quotation.

Then Tom read letters thanking our group for donations to the Youth Homes and Family Services in the form of $100, and the Riverside University Health System for being part of donations of 821 backpacks, 105 food baskets, and $1200 in holiday gifts. We do Good Work!

Ed received a patch from Optimist International for the 1995 Invitational Basketball Tournament (Better late?!?).

Gil said that last week’s Ball Drop collection was cancelled due to weather conditions. He will be working this Saturday at General Old CC and at Van Buren Golf Course on Sunday.

Bob gave us the dates of the Bicycle Safety Program presentations. They are: April 22nd at Beatty ES at 1:30; April 29th at Castleview ES at 1:PM; May 6th at Fremont ES at 1:30; May 13th at Emerson ES at 1:15; May 20th at Madison ES at 1:45. Please note that all dates are on a Friday.

Joan reported on the Youth Appreciation event scheduled for April 27th with the City Council meeting being held the evening prior.

Donna told us about one of our scholarship recipients and the excellent work which he doing.

Joel told that he has already gotten 8 checks totaling $260 as a result of his letter requesting donations to our Ball Drop fundraiser. (9 checks now totaling $360 at this writing). Please send out your letters and requests too. It works!
He has the golf tournament brochures available right now. We need to get 90 golfers to match with the 30 High School golfers who are ready and eager to participate. He gave the prices of the tournament; $100 per golfer, $80 for CCCC members.
After today’s meeting there will be a putting contest at Van Buren Golf Course. Fun for all; no pressure at all.

Cheryl delivered the blankets made by the two Octagon Clubs to the Alvord USD to use for their homeless student program.

Marvin’s number was called for the marble draw, but he gallantly told Barbara to “Let it Ride” as he didn’t pick the colored orb.

PROGRAM:
Alyssa, Amanda, and Stevie of the Homespun Players told us of starting their acting endeavor with backyard productions . They had 300 people at their first performance and quickly moved up to 600 people attending 3 showings. They are now going to put on a city sponsored Shakespeare Festival in White Park on May 7th featuring “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. The hope is to encourage people to really listen, as Shakespeare requires, to understand and follow the plot and meaning of the well-known comedy.

Submitted by Cheryl Friedberg
Please excuse any errors and brevity.

Bulletin 4/6/2016

Donna Wolfe called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 2 guests present. The guests were Bill Summers, who is a friend of Frank Whitman, and Frank Heyming, representing Victoria Avenue Forever.

Birthdays
None

Anniversaries
4/17 Micki Hicks
4/18 Frank Whitman

Activity Reports:
Gil Heth told us that $835 was made selling Golf Ball Drop chances at Canyon Crest Country Club last Saturday. He next reminded us that our club golf tournament is following next week’s lunch meeting at the Van Buren Golf Center. And, that the Jr. Golf Tournament is tentatively set for May 15 at Van Buren Golf Center at 11 a.m.

Bob Bahnsen reported that a Bicycle Safety Program is scheduled on April 22 at Beatty Ele.

Joel Friedberg said that he had sent a solicitation letter regarding the Ball Drop and had received several donations. He urged other members to do the same. He mentioned that 15 golf balls cost $100, and 7 go for $50.

Cheryl Friedberg stated that the District Regional Oratorical Contest has been rescheduled from the 16th to an as yet unknown date. She also said the 9 blankets recently made by the Norte Vista Octagon Club needed to be donated. The members decided to donate them to the Alvord Unified School District to be given to homeless students.

Frank Whitman told us that our meeting on April 20 would be a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. The Board will meet immediately before.

Program
Frank Heyming said that he is an 8 year member of Victoria Avenue Forever and that the group has about 300 members. The group’s purpose is the preservation and beautification of the street. At the organization’s inception, a number of people were concerned that distressed trees along the avenue would not be replanted. That sparked the birth of the tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Heyming went on to tell us a little of the history of Victoria Avenue, which included info that it began as a vision of Mathew Gage, a jeweler from Canada who moved to Riverside in 1881. Gage developed the Gage Canal which allowed for citrus planting and what came to be known as Arlington Heights. He ended his program by telling us that this coming Saturday, April 9, was Victoria Avenue Day from 8-noon at Poly High School. It is a free community event with many vendors, including antique cars, food, raffle and activities for kids.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Event reminders:
– April 12, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, Wolfe Law Office
– April 13, Club Golf Tournament at Van Buren Golf Center, 1:30 p.m.
– April 22, Bicycle Safety at Beatty Elementary
– April 26, City Council recognition of Youth Appreciation students, 6 p.m.
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– April 29-May 1, District Quarterly, Radison Hotel in Buena Park
– May 5, Jr. Golf Tournament, Van Buren Golf Center, 11 a.m.
– May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13

Bulletin 3/30/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 3 guests present. The guests were Bill Summers, who is a friend of Frank Whitman, and Mark Davis
and P.T. McKwen, who represented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside.

Birthdays
3/2 Bob Bahnsen
3/29 Ed Hunt

Anniversaries
3/21 Ed Hunt

Activity Reports:
Gil Heth told us that $325 was made selling Ball Drop chances at Van Buren Golf Center last Saturday and we will sell chances at CCCC next Saturday. He reported that the Norte Vista Octagon Club recently made 9 blankets.

Donna Wolfe said that scholarship applications are currently being reviewed.

Bob Bahnsen reported that a Bicycle Safety Program is scheduled on April 22 at Beatty Ele.

Joel Friedberg said that Golf Tournament sponsor letters will be available next week and that the brochures are ready.

Program
P.T. McEwen began his program by telling us that our club started the Riverside Boys & Girls Club in the 1960s. He said that the original Boys Club was begun in 1860 in Hartford, Conn.,
by a group of women and held in the women’s homes. Currently, after-school programs are held at 20 school sites in the Redlands-Riverside area. Those programs are implemented by 248 volunteers to 3600 kids.

Mark Davis said he coordinates the College Bound Program to middle school kids and that education and career development are emphasized through health & life, arts & crafts and
sports, fitness and recreation.

Program funds are raised through grants, fundraising and an annual giving campaign. Programs are targeted to low income students and there is very little parental involvement.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Event reminders:
– April 5, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, Wolfe Law Office
– April 13, Club Golf Tournament at Van Buren Golf Center, 1:30 p.m.
– April 16, District Regional Oratorical Contest in Victorville
– April 22, Bicycle Safety at Beatty Elementary
– April 26, City Council recognition of Youth Appreciation students, 6 p.m.
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– April 29-May 1, District Quarterly, Radison Hotel in Buena Park
– May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6

Bulletin 3/23/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Lynda E. Bailey, Executive Director of the Riverside Medical Clinic’s Charitable Foundation, who was the day’s speaker.

Birthdays
3/2 Bob Bahnsen
3/29 Ed Hunt

Anniversaries
3/21 Ed Hunt

Activity Reports
Gil Heth told us that the Pancake Breakfast held last weekend was very successful and that
200 breakfasts were served. The money made is still to be determined. He went on to tell
us that we will sell Ball Drop chances at Van Buren Golf Center on Saturday from 8-11 a.m.
He reminded us of our club golf tournament at Van Buren on Wednesday, April 13, immediately following our lunch. Golfers are needed and members can participate in just
the putting contest.

Cheryl Friedberg said judging for the Regional Oratorical was rescheduled from April 23 to April 16 in Victorville and that our winner could not attend until later in the afternoon.
Members urged us to request District allow our contestant to compete later in the day.

Donna Wolfe said that scholarship applications are currently being reviewed.

Joel Friedberg said that we will sell Ball Drop chances at Canyon Crest Country Club the weekend after next. He also told us that Golf Tournament brochures will be available next week. And, 6 members put together 15 bikes this past week.

David Wolfe stated that the Tri-Star activity at Emerson Ele. was a real success. He said that Amanda Wambolt brought 5 high school basketball players from the Arlington Regional
Center to assist with the 200 students and that the high school students were “the hit of the show”. He thanked everyone that helped at Emerson.

Jim Thornell was pleased to tell us that because he did not know how to keep score while golfing that pro golfer Ron Robertson of the Jurupa Golf Course kept score for him.

Program
Lynda E. Bailey told us that the purpose of RMC’s Charitable Foundation is to educate support groups through monthly meetings. The groups include alzheimer’s family and caregivers, prostate cancer and endometriosis. They also have a lecture series program that includes childhood obesity, sleep and alzheimer’s trends and treatments. The lecture series was begun to honor 3 deceased doctors that began the support group program. They were doctors Boylin, Stone and Joseph. Funds go to support RMC’s weight control program. Bailey wrapped up her presentation by telling us about an anti-bullying conference on October 19, 2016, at the Riverside
Conference Center.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Event reminders:
– March 26, sell Ball Drop chances at Van Buren Golf Center
– April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– April 12, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– April 13, Riverside Optimist Club Golf Tournament at Van Buren Golf Center
at 1:30 p.m.
– April 16, District Regional Oratorical Contest in Victorville
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– April 29-May 1, District Quarterly, Radison Hotel in Buena Park
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30

Cheryl Friedberg’s thought for the day:
“Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way you expected. That doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t be happy. If you don’t limit yourself to your first version of your life, there is always a bright future ahead. If you believe the best is yet to come, you will be right.”

Bulletin 3/16/2016

Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 2 guests present. The guests were from the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, with one of them, Katie Pickett, being the day’s speaker.

Birthdays
3/2 Bob Bahnsen
3/29 Ed Hunt

Anniversaries
3/21 Ed Hunt

Activity Reports
Gil Heth told us that blanket making is scheduled for March 24 at Norte Vista High School. Volunteers are needed and should be at the school at noon. He went on to tell us that $200 was raised at General Olds last Sunday for the Golf Ball Drop. On the 26th we will sell chances at the Van Buren Golf Center.

Cheryl Friedberg said judging for the Regional Oratorical was rescheduled from April 23 to April 16 and that our winner could not attend until later in the afternoon. Members urged
us to request District to allow our contestant be allowed to compete later in the day.

Donna Wolfe said that scholarship applications are being reviewed and should be completed soon.

Gil reminded us that the Pancake Breakfast is on March 19 at the YWCA/FSA building on Magnolia. All members are urged to sell 10 or more tickets at $5 a ticket. The breakfast is from 7 a.m. to noon. Amanda Wambolt will be bringing culinary students from her school program.

Bob Bahnsen told us that the first Bike Safety event is in April at Patricia Beatty Elementary.

David Wolfe stated that the Tri-Star activity at Emerson Ele. was a real success. He said that Amanda Wambolt brought 4 high school basketball players to assist with the 200 students and that the high school students were “the hit of the show”. He thanked everyone that helped at Emerson.

Program
Katie Pickett told us about several events that the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center has scheduled. The first one is Walk for the Animals to happen this Saturday at Fairmont Park from 8-12. This is the 24th year for this event. On April 23 they are having a spaghetti dinner at the Showcase Theater which is below The Box located behind the Fox Theater. The price is $20 and reservations are required and can be made by contacting Petadoption.org. The third event is Comedy Night on Sept. 17 at the Mary S. Roberts Center.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

Event reminders:
– March 19, Pancake Breakfast, YWCA/FSA, 7 a.m. to noon
– March 26, sell Ball Drop chances at Van Buren Golf Center
– April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– April 12, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– April 13, Riverside Optimist Club Golf Tournament at Van Buren Golf Center
at 1:30 p.m.
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– April 29-May 1, District Quarterly, Radison Hotel in Buena Park
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23

Bulletin 3/9/2016

Donna Wolfe called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 11 members and 1 guest present.
The guest was Teresa Rosales from the City Manager’s office.

Birthdays
3/2 Bob Bahnsen
3/29 Ed Hunt
Anniversaries
3/21 Ed Hunt

Activity Reports
Bob Bahnsen said that bike assembly will be done on March 22 instead of March 15. The time is still 10 a.m. at Tom Spiel’s Durahart facility.

Joel Friedberg said that we sold $359 in ball drop chances last weekend at General Olds for a total to date of $1720. We will be at General Olds again next Sunday. He then told us that we will have a club tournament at the Van Buren Golf Center on April 15 immediately following our lunch at approximately 1:30 p.m. The tournament will be 7-9 holes and cost around $10 per golfer. Our Jr. Golf Tournament still needs to be planned and info will be announced shortly.

Cheryl Friedberg read a thank you letter from the Corona/Norco school board regarding the donation we gave to Jefferson Elementary as one of our Adopt-A-Schools. She then said that blanket-making at Norte Vista is on March 24 at noon.

Bob Bahnsen told us that the first Bike Safety event of the year is in April at Patricia Beatty Elementary. Date and time will be in the next Bulletin. Members are invited to attend.

Reminder that the Pancake Breakfast is on March 19 from 7 a.m. to noon at the YWCA/FSA building on Magnolia. Members are urged to sell 10 or more tickets at $5 a person.

Program
Teresa Rosales began her presentation by telling us that she is a 27-year resident of Riverside. The topic of her program was a survey recently conducted entitled Community Quality of Life Survey 2015. It was part of a city program called Seizing Our Destiny. The survey’s purpose was to gather, analyze and share actionable data about the opinions of Riversiders regarding their quality of life and to spark community-wide engagement for improvements. The random survey of 2234 residents was conducted in Sept. and Oct. of 2015 in both English and Spanish via phone and online. Residents were listed in the following four categories: adults, work, college students and youth. Results were not mixed and some of the questions involved pride in community, future goals, jobs, arts and air and water quality.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
– March 13, sell Ball Drop chances at Gen. Olds Golf Course
– March 11, April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– March 19, Pancake Breakfast, YWCA/FSA, 7 a.m. to noon
– April 12, ROC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– April 13, Riverside Optimist Club Golf Tournament at Van Buren Golf Center, 1:30 p.m.
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– April 29-May 1, District Quarterly, Radison Hotel in Buena Park
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16

Cheryl Friedberg shared this thought for the day:

An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town.
The boy rode on the donkey, and the old man walked
As they went along they passed some people who remarked “What a shame, the old man is walking, the boy is riding”.
The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.
Later they passed some people who remarked “What a shame, he makes that little boy walk”.
So they decided they’d walk.
Soon they passed some more people who remarked “They’re really stupid to walk when they have a decent donkey to ride”.
So they both decided to ride the donkey.
They passed some people who shamed them by saying “How awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.
The boy and the man figured they were probably right, so they decide to carry the donkey.
As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the donkey, the donkey fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story: If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass goodbye.
Have a nice day.

Bulletin 2/24/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 11 members and 1 guest present.  The guest, Sandy Rameriz, represented the Riverside Educational & Enrichment Foundation (REEF).

Birthdays                              Anniversaries
3/2 Bob Bahnsen               3/21 Ed Hunt
3/29 Ed Hunt

Tom Arthur stated that our program would be presented at this time as our speaker had to
leave early for another meeting.

Program
Ms. Rameriz told us about two events. The first is a REEF program called Student Showcase 2016 on March 14, with the second entitled Walk to End Homelessness on April 2. The walk is an activity that Rameriz coordinates as a volunteer.

The Student Showcase features students and programs that have been funded by REEF in
RUSD schools. It is a celebration of arts and innovation and will be held at the Fox Theater
from 7-9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$50 with a VIP reception ticket at $60.

The Walk to End Homelessness is to assist people that are homeless. In 2015, proceeds housed
89 veterans. Proceeds this year will be used to equip families with what they need, such as cleaning supplies, ironing equipment, etc. The walk is at Fairmount Park, 8 a.m. and costs $30.
For info on either activity you can call Rameriz at 951-312-4031.

Activity Reports
Gil Heth told us that blanket making is scheduled for March 7 at North High School. He went
on to tell us that $340 was raised at Van Buren last Sunday and $110 on Sunday for the Golf
Ball Drop. Next Saturday we will sell chances at General Olds golf course.

Gil reminded us that the Pancake Breakfast is on March 19 at the YWCA/FSA building on Magnolia. All members are urged to sell 10 or more tickets at $5 a ticket. The breakfast is from
7 a.m. to noon.

Bob Bahnsen told us that Marvin Leonard is not only doing well, he is in remission. Everyone was really pleased with the good news. Bob also said that he has picked up bikes and that they are to be assembled on March 15 at 10 a.m. at Tom Spiel’s Durahart facility. He also said that the first bike safety event is April 22 at Patricia Beatty Elementary. The next bike safety is at Castle View Elementary on April 29.

David Wolfe stated that the next Tri-Star is on March 11 at Emerson Elementary on Ottawa. Volunteers are to be at the school at 12:45 p.m.

Ed Hunt said that the Optimist Youth Home dinner is March 11 and that sponsorships for kids at the home to attend cost $60. He encouraged anyone that could sponsor a student to do so. Ed also told us that the oratorical contest went well. More info on the contest and the winner to follow in next week’s Bulletin.

Donna Wolfe said she had read a book earlier today to third graders at Beatty Elementary’s Read Across America program. She also told us that we have so far received 44 scholarship apps from students at 11 high schools.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Event reminders:
– March 5, sell Ball Drop chances at Gen. Olds Golf Course
– March 7, Blanket-making at North High School, meet at school office at 11:50 a.m.
– March 8, ROC Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– March 11, April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– March 11, Tri-Star at Emerson Ele., volunteers are to arrive at 12:45 p.m.
– March 11, Youth Home Dinner
– March 19, Pancake Breakfast, YWCA/FSA, 7 a.m. to noon
– April 26, Youth Appreciation students to attend City Council meeting, 6 p.m.
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9

Bulletin 2/24/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members and 2 guests present.
The guests were Longfellow Elementary Principal Geri Castro and Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner.

Birthdays
3/2 Bob Bahnsen
3/29 Ed Hunt

Anniversaries
3/21 Ed Hunt

Tom Arthur presented a $1000 Adopt-a-School check to Principal Castro who then told us that the donation would be used for their “STEAM Program”. Specifically to add art to their STEM program. The word STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. She told us that she would really like to expand their school band. Castro enthusiastically thanked us for adopting Longfellow and said that she and the teachers are looking forward to our partnership.

Activity Reports
Gil Heth told us that blanket making is scheduled for March 7 at North High School. He went on to tell us that $403 was raised at General Olds last Saturday and $110 on Sunday at Oak Quarry for the Golf Ball Drop. This Friday, Rod Crampton will sell chances at the Van Buren Golf Center.

Joel Friedberg said that he meet with George Price from the Moreno Valley Optimist Club and Darel Hanson from RUSD regarding the golf tournament. He told us that the tournament is on May 23 with a start time of 11 or 12 p.m. and that we have 30 student golfers playing.

Cheryl Friedberg said judging for the Oratorical Contest would is immediately following
today’s lunch. Involved are Ed Hunt, Tom Arthur, Donna Wolfe, Joel Friedberg and herself.

Gil reminded us that the Pancake Breakfast is on March 19 at the YWCA/FSA building on Magnolia. All members are urged to sell 10 or more tickets at $5 a ticket. The breakfast is from 7 a.m. to noon.

Bob Bahnsen told us he picked up bikes and that the first Bike Safety event is in April at Patricia Beatty Elementary.

David Wolfe stated that the Tri-Star activity at Patricia Beatty Elementary last week was a real success. He said that Amanda Wambolt brought 5 high school basketball players to assist and that they were “the hit of the show”. The next Tri-Star is on March 11 at Emerson Ele. Volunteers are to be at the school at 12:45 p.m. He thanked everyone that helped at Beatty.

Ed Hunt said that the Optimist Youth Home has a dinner planned for March 11 and that sponsorship’s for kids at the facility to attend cost $60. He encouraged anyone that could
sponsor one or more sponsorship’s to do so.

Tom Arthur told us that he and President Lacy Lenon Arthur recently attended the District Quarterly which was held on a cruise ship to Mexico. The next quarterly is on April 29 to
May 1 at the Raddison Hotel in Buena Park.

Program
Councilman Mike Gardner began his talk by telling us about a mosaic project that is currently being conducted at elementary schools in Riverside. The artist, Cathy Maxwell has completed and installed mosaics at Fremont and Bryant Elementary Schools with Magnolia soon to get one and Beatty after that. The mosaics are 3’ x 5’ and cost $1000. RUSD does the installation.

Gardner then told us that the City Council has voted to build the new Downtown library on the site where the Downtown bus station is. The current library is a 50,000 to 61,000 sq. ft. building with the new library planned to be around 40- to 45,000 sq. ft., cost $30 million and take 2-3 years to complete. The current library will soon be the subject of a 6-month negotiation for a STEM-oriented Discovery Center.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
– March 5 & 13, sell Ball Drop chances at Gen. Olds Golf Course
– March 7, Blanket-making at North High School
– March 8, ROC Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– March 11, April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– March 11, Tri-Star at Emerson Ele., volunteers are to arrive at 12:45 p.m.
– March 11, Youth Home Dinner
– March 19, Pancake Breakfast, YWCA/FSA, 7 a.m. to noon
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
– May 23, Golf Tournament & Golf Ball Drop

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2

Cheryl Friedberg shared this thought for the day:
On the off chance that you might not live forever, why not be happy today
Gratitude Dairies

Bulletin 2/17/2016

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Margie Valdez with the Riverside County Parks.

Birthdays
2/9 David Wolfe
2/15 Tom D’Arco
2/20 Joan Breeding Letbetter

Anniversaries
None

Activity Reports

Golf Ball Drop: Joel and Gil reported that $505.00 was earned at Canyon Crest CC. Joel and Gil will be at General Olds and Oak Quarry this weekend. Gil and Rod will be at Van Buren on Friday from 1-4pm. Lets all put forth an effort to help out!

Golf Ball Tournament: Joel and Gil will meet with the officials from Val Verde and RUSD to discuss the participation of student golfers in our tournament and hopefully set a date.

Tri-Star Basketball at Beatty Elementary on Friday, February 19th at 12:45 pm. (Directions: Market- Ron Riviera, past Latham, R on Strong and park behind the fields.
For info contact David Wolfe 951-850-0896

Bicycle Safety: Bob and Rene will pick up bikes Monday.

Feeding America Food Market at Madison 2/11 attended by Joel, Mickey and Gil. Next one scheduled for 3/11 12:30 pm.

Oratorical Contest: Cheryl has 4 schools participating in the oratorical contest on February 24th at 2:30 pm at Canyon Crest. Judges are Tom A, Donna, Joan. Joel will be timekeeper.

Octagon: March 7th Blanket Making at North HS at 11:45. Contact Gil.

Read Across America: March 2, Beatty; March 4, Freemont

Scholarships: Donna read a letter from Valeria Macias

Marble draw: Donna won and lost
Program
Margie Valdez gave a very interesting presentation about the Hidden Valley Nature Center which is located at 11041 Arlington Avenue. It is open every Saturday from 10-4 for formalized nature programs for youth. They also provide outreach nature programs to schools and home school student. They have a group of 5 moms who started the non-profit, Friends of Hidden Valley and just recently received a grant for $5000 to expand the centers programs. They hold a 5 and 10 K run along with a mile children run each year as a fund raiser. The Santa Ana River Bike Trail runs through the property. They have 20-40 Junior Volunteers along with a handful of adult volunteers. Other programs are Summer Camp, Nature @ Night, and Movie Night. Anyone interested can hike the trails and enjoy nature.     www.RIVCOPARKS, then go to nature centers and Hidden Valley.
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Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Event reminders:

– March 11, April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Elementary
– Feb. 19, Tri-Star at Beatty Elementary School
– Feb. 24, Oratorical judging, 2:30 p.m. at CCCC
– April 27, Student Awards Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.
Submitted by Donna Wolfe

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24

Bulletin 1/27/2016

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and 2 guests present. The guests were Debbie Guthrie and Jerry Hurley, of the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame, who were the day’s speakers.

Birthdays
2/9 David Wolfe
2/15 Tom D’Arco
2/20 Joan Breeding Letbetter

Anniversaries
None

Activity Reports
David Wolfe told us that the Tri-Star event at Madison Ele. went very well. He thanked all of the volunteers that worked with the 200 student participants. The next Tri-Star is at Beatty Ele. on Thursday, Feb 11. Volunteers are to be there no later than 12:45 p.m. The address is 4261 Latham, 92501.

Cheryl Friedberg said that students from North, Norte Vista, Corona and Eleanor Roosevelt High Schools have applied for the Oratorical Contest so far. She will continue seeking more applicants. She also told us that volunteers are needed for Read Across America at Beatty Ele. on March 2.

Joel Friedberg said he was meeting today with George Price from the Moreno Valley Optimist Club regarding the Golf Tournament and Ball Drop. He reminded us that the tourney will be a scramble format and that each 4-person team will have a high school golfer as a member rather than a pro golfer.

Program
Debbie Guthrie, who is the president of the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame, told us that the mission of the organization is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the role sports play in contributing to the quality of life in Riverside. The Hall honors athletes, coaches, administrators and community leaders who have brought fame or honor to the city of
Riverside through their involvement in athletics. The first induction ceremony was in 2003.
This year’s ceremony will be on May 16 at the Convention Center. 2016 honorees are Leon Parma/football, Dusty Baker/baseball, David Ashley/auto racing, Adam Kennedy/baseball, Johanna Hayes/track, Sue Gozansky/volleyball coach and Henry Coil/contributor & philanthropist. For more info call 951-222-4700.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3

Today’s message was delivered by Ed Hunt from a much earlier Bulletin:
The six most important words: “I admit I made a mistake”
The five most important words: “You did a good job”
The four most important words: “What is your opinion?”
The three most important words: “If you please!”
The two most important words: “Thank you!”
The one most important word: “We”
The least important word: “I”

Bulletin 1/13/2016

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and 2 guests present. President Lacy Lenon Arthur presided over the meeting when she arrived a little later. The guests were Soroptimist president, M. Lynn Secina, and Bruce A. Spieler, president of the Riverside Dickens Festival, who was the day’s speaker.

Birthdays
1/15 Rene Benitez
Anniversaries
None

Activity Reports
Bob Bahnsen said that he has ordered the bikes for the bicycle safety programs, which will soon be scheduled.

Gil Heth assured everyone that he is doing fine and that his heart is in good shape even though he has been put on a heart medication regimen. He was also hospitalized for a couple of days.

Joan Breeding Letbetter said she had mailed 15 Youth Appreciation (YA) letters to area high schools. See the schedule of events at the end of the Bulletin for the date of the luncheon for YA, Essay and Oratorical recipients. Cheryl Friedberg said that 3 high schools have responded to the Oratorical Contest so far.

Cheryl Friedberg was pleased with her experience with Madison Elementary School’s Feeding America Day. She said every student – all 720 of them – filled a bag with healthy, fresh food to take home to their family to be eaten over the next few days. The food consisted of fruit, veggies, eggs, etc. She encouraged all Optimists to help out on the next one on Thursday, Feb.11.

Ed Hunt won $102 in the opportunity drawing.

Program
Lynn Scecina, president of Soroptimist International of Riverside, told us that the club had formed in 1948 for the purpose of enhancing the status of professional women. Scecina spoke of several Soroptimist events, but of particular interest is the 20th Annual Valentine Dessert Auction and 19th Annual Battle of the Bakers on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Convention Center. Tickets in advance cost $60 per person and at the door $65 each. If interested, contact Glenda Richards at ggr41797@msn.com.

Bruce Spieler of the Dickens Festival said the festival will be held on Feb. 26-28 from 10-5 each day in Downtown Riverside. The festival was begun by women in support of literacy. Activities include discussions on the book Life & Adventures of Martin Cheswick; 4 Riverside high schools performing the same play on said book; the Queen’s Tea; Mr. Fezziwick’s Ball; dance lessons at Loft 84; Pub Night; and, several trials held in the Courthouse. For info, go to www.dickensfest.com.

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
– Feb. 7, Super Bowl at Joel & Cheryl’s home, game time 3:00 p.m.
– Feb. 9, ROC Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– Feb. 11, March 11, April 1 and May 13, Feeding America at Madison Ele.
– Feb. 24, Oratorical judging, 2:30 p.m. at CCCC
– April 27, Student Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27

By request, Cheryl Friedberg’s inspirational message at the beginning of the meeting follows:

I believe I’m a work-in-progress, and there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.
I believe every day brings opportunities to learn and do something meaningful.
I believe the true test of my character is whether I do the right thing even when it might cost more than I want to pay.
I believe kindness really matters.
I believe there’s joy in gratitude and freedom in forgiveness, but both require conscientious effort.
I believe what’s fun and pleasurable isn’t always good for me, and what’s good for me isn’t always fun and pleasurable.
I believe no one’s happy all the time, but in the end, I can be as happy as I’m willing to be.
I believe the surest road to happiness is good relationships.

www.PositivelyPositive.com

Bulletin 1/13/2016

In the absence of President Lacy Lenon Arthur, Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:40 p.m. with 13 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Mark Friis, Ex. Dir. of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance, who was the day’s speaker.

Birthdays
1/15 Rene Benitez

Anniversaries
None

Activity Reports:
David Wolfe told us that the next Tri-Star is Friday, Jan. 22 at Madison Elementary School. He believes he has enough volunteers and those volunteers should be at the school by 1:15 p.m. to set up.

Rod Crampton said that the Pancake Breakfast is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, March 19, at the YWCA building on Magnolia. Frank Whitman is to check on the availability of the room. More info to follow. Joel Friedberg asked that we print enough tickets in order to give some to the Moreno Valley Optimist Club to sell. And, lastly, he invited everyone to attend a Super Bowl Party at he and Cheryl’s on Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. kick off.

Cheryl Friedberg reminded us that the Madison Elementary School Feed America Day is coming up and she will get the date to us ASAP. She also told us that the Oratorical Contest judging is scheduled on Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Canyon Crest Country Club.

Donna Wolfe and Tom Arthur each read a letter from a scholarship recipient. One was Amanda Bacon who attends Bennington College in Vermont. She currently has a 3.43 GPA and is enjoying her college experience. The second student is Chuck Kwang Lin who just completed a summer internship at Cal Tech. His GPA is 3.95. Both students thanked us for our support.

Joel announced that the Board has voted to allocate $3,000 from our investment account to be spent on one or more of our programs. Under consideration are Z projects, scholarships or adopting Longfellow Ele. School. More to follow.

Program:
Mark Friis told us that the non-profit Inland Empire Biking Alliance (IEBA) was formed 3-4 years ago for the purpose of making the IE more biker friendly. Due to the accidental death of a friend who was riding his bike, Friis quit his job and began the IEBA, which currently has 40 members. He said that while the IE has a high number of biking fatalities, Florida has the highest number of biking fatalities in the nation. He went on to say that Southern CA is built around the automobile, but bikes work well in Northern Europe, particularly in the Netherlands. That is probably due to their belief that people’s lives are the most important thing to consider. After much discussion, he said that if we want to encourage biking we should consider the following:
1. Drive the speed limit or below
2. Bike or walk more
3. Consider infrastructure needs
4. Know there is safety in numbers

Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Event reminders:
– Jan. 22, Tri-Star at Madison Ele. School, 1:15 p.m. arrival for volunteers
– Feb. 7, Super Bowl at Joel & Cheryl’s home, game time 3:00 p.m.
– Feb. 9, ROC Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wolfe Law Office
– Feb. 24, Oratorical judging, 2:30 p.m. at CCCC

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20

Bulletin 12/16/2015

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 13 members and 4 guests present. The guests were Sue Strickland, who was the day’s speaker, along with Rolando Flores’ son Asail Flores, Madison Ele. School principal John McCombs and Johanna Grosso. Octagon Club members.

Birthdays
12/2 Tamara Hernandez
12/7 Carl Davis
12/31 Barbara Eppinger – as Barbara’s 80th birthday is coming up, the group presented her with a cake, cards and a lively rendition or two of “Happy Birthday”

Anniversaries

12/2 Tamara Hernandez
12/12 Tom D’Arco
12/17 Rolando Flores
12/20 Andrew Lloyd

Activity Reports
Donna Wolfe told us that we presented 60 Snowflake gifts on December 15. Good job all!

Gill Heth said 25 Octagon members decorated the City of LA’s Rose Parade float on Dec. 13.

Cheryl Friedberg said that she has sent out the oratorical contest letters and that this year’s theme is “How Does Doing my Best Bring Out the Best in Others“.

Joel Friedberg was pleased to tell us that Moreno Valley Optimists had agreed to have a scramble arrangement for the coming golf tournament and that each team will have a high school golfer rather than a professional golfer.

Rod Crampton said that he had received a letter from Dr. Fine at RUSD about a future bond issue and that Dr. Fine may be a speaker at one of our meetings to discuss it.

Program
Asail Flores, who was one of our scholarship recipients several years ago, told us that he graduated from West Point in 2013 and is now a 2nd Lt. He has also spent several months in Afghanistan. He thanked us for the support he has received from our club and promised to tell us when he makes Captain.

Principal John McCombs from Madison Elementary School was presented with a $1000 check as one of our Adopt-A-Schools. McCombs told us that the money will be used to pay for buses to take the school’s 3rd graders to the Riverside Citrus Park and to see the Nutcracker. Their 5th graders will go to Oak Glen to see a Civil War enactment. He thanked us for all of the other things that we do for the school, such as the backpacks, bicycle safety and Tri-Star.

Sue Strickland spoke to us about her organization, the African American Historical Society (AAHS). Strickland, who was a teacher at one of our Adopt-A-Schools (Emerson Ele.), was born in Riverside and whose grandmother moved to Riverside from Georgia in 1903 and whose great-grandfather fought in the Civil War. She went on to say that the mission of the AAHS is to preserve the Inland Empire African American cultural and historical heritage. They do this through a variety of activities, one of which is the upcoming MLK, Jr., 23rd Annual Walk-A-Thon on Jan. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at Stratton Center and ending at White Park, where speakers will be introduced.

Event reminders include:
– December 19, Ugly Sweater Party, at Tom & Lacy Arthur’s home at 5384 Cornwall Ave., Riv., 92506, 6 p.m. Please RSVP to tarthur101@sbcglobal.net.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6

Three recipes from our holiday party were requested. Two will be included in this Bulletin and the 3rd will follow in an email from Donna Wolfe.

Frank Whitman‘s daughter Brittany’s Lil Smokies
Ingredients: 1 pkg./lb. bacon, 1-2 packs of little smokies and 2 c. brown sugar.
Cut bacon slices into 3 pieces and wrap 1 piece around each smokie. Place a layer of brown sugar than a layer of smokies in a crock pot and repeat until all smokies are used. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until bacon is crispy.

Carol D’Arco’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Purchase a package of Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and follow the instructions on the back. Simple and delicious.

 

Bulletin 12/9/2015

Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 14 members and 3 guests present. The guests were Bruce Spieler of the Dickens Festival, Veronica & John McMichels of National Children’s Memorial Day; the three were the day’s speakers.

Birthdays:
12/2 Tamara Hernandez
12/7 Carl Davis
12/31 Barbara Eppinger
Anniversaries:
12/2 Tamara Hernandez
12/12 Tom D’Arco
12/17 Rolando Flores
12/20 Andrew Lloyd

Club Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4-7 p.m.
Gill & Sheryl Heth’s home
10843 Kayjay St.
Riverside 92503
951-785-6605 (c)951-255-5643
Call & let them know what you can bring for the potluck

Activity Reports
Donna Wolfe reminded us that the deadline to turn in the Snowflake gifts is Dec. 15 either at the party, the lunch meeting or the Wolfe Law Office.

Gill Heth told us that 25-30 Octagon members will be decorating Rose Parade floats on Dec. 13. Going with the students are Gil, Ed Hunt, David Wolfe and a student he is mentoring and the Norte Vista Octagon advisor.

Ed Hunt & Gil attended the corporation meeting at the Group Home on Monday, Dec. 7. The next dinner will be on June 6.

Tom told us that ROB ROYCI is meeting immediately following our lunch.

Micki Hicks sent a message that Madison Elementary needs volunteers this Friday at their Feed America Day. Set up is at 12:25 with food distribution to the students at 2 p.m. Students get to take a bag of food items home for their family and themselves.

Frank Whitman reminded us that our membership dues need to be paid. Life time members are $105 and regular membership is $135.

Gil told us that the Pancake Breakfast is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 19 at the YWCA facility on Magnolia Ave. Rod Crampton’s daughter is a cub master and they may assist in selling tickets. More info to follow.

Program
Bruce Spieler, president of the Dickens Festival, attended today’s meeting to tell us about Oliver Twist’s Soup Kitchen, a fundraiser for the festival, which will be held this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 4495 Magnolia Ave. The cost is $25 per person and entertainment will be provided. Call 951-781-3168 if you have any questions. Spieler also said that he will be our speaker again on Jan. 20 at which time he will provide info on the festival. Tickets can be purchased online with PayPal at www.dickensfest.com or at the door.

Veronica McMichels told us that as a mother whose daughter Michaela was killed in a car accident when the girl was just 16, she became a member of The Compassionate Friends, whose mission is “Supporting Family After a Child Dies”. At the time of her death, Michaela was a student at Norte Dame High School. Following McMichel’s tragic story, she told us that on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Riverside Convention Center, we are invited to join them in lighting a candle in honor of all children who have died. The event is Remembrance in Riverside/Share the Light. The Compassionate Friends is a non-profit begun in 1968 at a hospital in England and now have 660 chapters in the U.S.

Event reminders include:
– December 16, Tree of Life, North High, noon
– December 19, Ugly Sweater Party, Tom & Lacy Arthur’s home, 6 p.m, 5384 Cornwall Ave.,
Riv. 92506. Call 951-683-0179 or (c) 836-0023 to RSVP.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16

No lunch meetings will be held on Dec. 23 or 30 due to the Christmas and
New Year’s holidays

Bulletin 12/2/2015

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 11 members and 5 guests present. The guests were Karen Haverkamp, who was the day’s speaker, along with 3 North High students, Giselle, Karina and Elena. A representative from Children’s Fund, Anna Martinez, attended in order to receive the 14 blankets made by Norte Vista & North Octagon Club members.

Birthdays
12/2 Tamara Hernandez
12/7 Carl Davis
12/31 Barbara Eppinger

Anniversaries
12/2 Tamara Hernandez
12/12 Tom D’Arco
12/17 Rolando Flores
12/20 Andrew Lloyd

Club Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4-7 p.m.
Gill & Sheryl Heth’s home
10843 Kayjay St.
Riverside 92503
951-785-6605 (c)951-255-5643
Call & let them know what you can bring for the potluck

Activity Reports
Donna Wolfe reminded us that the deadline to turn in the Snowflake gifts is Dec. 15 either to the lunch meeting or the Wolfe Law Office.

Gill Heth told us that 25 Octagon members will be decorating Rose Parade floats on Dec. 13.

Ed Hunt is attending the corporation meeting at the Group Home on Monday, Dec. 7. There will be a Christmas program prior to the meeting.

Cheryl Friedberg said that both Octagon Clubs want to have a second blanket-making session in the spring. She also pointed out that the remnants from the blankets are going to be given to the Assistance League for their crafts program thereby using all portions of the blanket materials.

Program
Karen Haverkamp presented a program on the Riverside Police Teen 2 Teen Senior Internship Program and Junior Project. The Teen 2 Teen Program is a youth based program that was founded in partnership with North High School’s Law & Protective Services Academy (LAPS). The students are provided public speaking training and are equipped with the tools to inform their peers about safety issues. There currently are 42 12th graders and 200 10th-12th graders participating in the program. The 42 students will be touring the Salinas prison in March 2016.

Event reminders include:
– December 8, Board meeting at the Wolfe Law Office, 5:30 p.m.
– December 16, ROB ROYCI, immediately following the lunch meeting
– December 16, Tree of Life, North High, noon
– December 19, Ugly Sweater Party, Tom & Lacy Arthur’s home, 6 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9

Bulletin 11/18/2015

Due to Thanksgiving on Thursday (the 26th) there is no lunch meeting this Wed. The next lunch meeting is on Dec. 2nd.

Member Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 13 members and 3 guests present. The guests were Principal Alex Vasquez and Adie Ruiz from Jefferson Elementary School in Corona, Deborah Newton, an Intervention Representative from Beatty Elementary School and Johanna Grosso, a friend of Joan Breeding Letbetter.

Tom presented $1,000 checks to Principal Vasquez from Jefferson Elementary and Deborah Newton of Beatty Elementary, which are two of our Adopt-a-Schools. Vasquez thanked us for the back packs that we gave to the school and that the $1,000 will be used to take 3rd graders to the Long Beach Aquarium. Deborah Newton from Beatty said that the donation will be used to integrate science into their language arts program.

Gil Heth said that 5 blankets were made at North High on Nov. 16 and 9 blankets were made at Norte Vista on Oct. 27. Cheryl told us earlier that the Children’s Fund will distribute them.

Heth also told us that 25 Octagon members will be decorating Rose Parade floats on Dec. 13. Because a large number of students want to participate, Norte Vista is going to have a lottery to determine who will be going from their club. Both Norte Vista’s and North’s Octagon Clubs are participating. They will leave at 7:30 a.m. from Norte Vista and work on decorating the floats the whole day.

Donna Wolfe had the Snow Flake banner up and asked members to select a snowflake with child’s present request on it. The presents are due Dec. 15. She also said that scholarship applications had been distributed. Several members took the apps to various high schools.

Tom Spiel announced that he had reserved the Victoria Club for our next Installation Dinner on Sept. 30, 2016. Several members at the meeting expressed their approval.

Cheryl said that 17 people attended the show 42nd Street and 14 went on to dinner at the Irvine Outback. She told us everyone had a good time and that she is now putting together an outing to see Empire in Jan. Empire is a musical about the building of the Empire State Building during the depression. More info in the next Bulletin.

Program – none this week

Event reminders include:
– November 25, no lunch meeting as it is the day before Thanksgiving
– December 8, Board meeting at the Wolfe Law Office, 5:30 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2.

Bulletin 11/11/2015

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 12 members and one guest present. The guest was Johanna Grosso, a friend of Joan Breeding Letbetter.

Birthdays
11/27 Micki Hicks

Anniversaries

None

Activity Reports
Gil Heth said that blanket-making is scheduled at North High on Nov. 16 at 11:50 in the biology lab. If you can be there to help, call Cheryl Friedberg at 951-733-9716 or 951-817-0713. We made 9 blankets at Norte Vista on Oct. 27. Cheryl Friedberg said that the Children’s Fund will distribute them.

Heth also told us that 25 Octagon members will be decorating Rose Parade floats on Dec. 13. Because a large number of students want to participate, Norte Vista is going to have a lottery to determine who the 25 will be.

Cheryl Friedberg thanked McDonalds for donating egg mac-muffins to her grandsons’ baseball team playing in a championship game in Las Vegas/Henderson. She went on to tell us that she has contacted 10-12 area high schools regarding the Oratorical Contest. This year’s theme is “How Does Doing my Best Bring Out the Best in Others“. The District contest is in April.

Donna Wolfe said that Bob & Bev Eastland contacted her about the CCDHH which resulted in Donna sending a letter to CSDR and the Blind Council asking if there is any interest in again sponsoring a contest there. She is waiting for their response. She also told us that the Snow Flake banner will be up at next week’s meeting and that scholarship apps will be available next week. Several members volunteered to take apps to various high schools.

Frank Whitman stated that lunch attendance is very low and he would like to negotiate a lower priced lunch. It currently costs $16.52 for each lunch and the club pays the .52 cents per person. We agreed for him to suggest lunches in the $11-12 range. He will bring the results back to the group.

Program – none this week

Event reminders include:
– November 16, blanket-making, noon at North
– November 25, no lunch meeting as it is the day before Thanksgiving
– December 2, the next lunch meeting
– December 8, Board meeting at the Wolfe Law Office, 5:30 p.m.

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18

Bulletin 11/4/2015

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 13 members and two guests present. The guests were Johanna Grosso, a friend of Joan Breeding Letbetter and Brian Sharp, representing the Inland Regional Youth Theater (IRYT), who is today’s speaker.

Birthdays
11/27 Micki Hicks

Anniversaries
None

Activity Reports
Joel Friedberg said he had talked to George Price of the Moreno Valley Optimist Club about the golf tournament and ball. Friedberg said there are several options regarding the event, one of which is Moreno Valley organizing the golf tournament and us organizing the ball drop. Following a few questions, this issue was sent back to the Board for a final decision.

David Wolfe told us that the Board had voted to drop Washington Elementary from all programs due to their lack of interest. Still participating in TriStar are Emerson, Madison and Beatty. Still to be determined is Castle View.

Gil Heth said that blanket-making is scheduled at North High on Nov. 16 at 11:50 in the biology lab. If you can be there to help, call Cheryl Friedberg at 951-733-9716 or 951-817-0713. We made 9 blankets at Norte Vista on Oct. 27. Cheryl Friedberg said that the Children’s Fund will distribute them.

Heth also told us that 25 Octagon members will be decorating Rose Parade floats on Dec. 12. Because a large number of students want to participate, Norte Vista is going to have a lottery to determine who the 25 will be.

Tom Arthur reminded us that on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Moreno Valley Conference Center at 14075 Frederick (Frederick & Alessandro), President Lacy Lenon Arther’s paternal great grandfather will celebrate his graduation from high school along with several others. His name is James Esco Lenon Jr. The graduation ceremony is from 2-4 p.m. with a reception at the Arthur’s immediately following. All club members are invited to both activities. For more information, contact Tom or Lacy.

Program
Brian Sharp of IRYT said that the youth theatre was started by him, his wife and a friend after the previous director retired. The group’s mission is to provide an opportunity to kids on theater and fine arts: sets, perform, organize, etc. Every person is given a job; there is no waiting line for an opportunity. If they have too many participants for one show, they will do a second performance. They currently have 65-75 students, with 54 being performers. Their next show is Seussical on Nov. 6&7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 7&8 at 2 p.m. Performances are held at Sherman Indian High School in the Levi Theatre. Tickets are $10/$15. For tickets or info go to www.iryt.org.

Event reminders include:
– November 16, blanket-making, noon at North

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11

Bulletin 10/28/2015

Song: David and Donna (very loud for a small group)
Pledge: Bob Bahnsen (We had an actual flag)
Inspiration: Cheryl Friedberg (Attitude plus choices equals Life)
In the absence of President Lacy Lenon Arthur, Lieutenant Governor Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 10 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Fonda McGensy, Safe Place Director.

Gil Heth reported that the Blanket making activity at Norte Vista was very successful. 27 students participated and made 9 blankets. Gil was joined by Cheryl and Joel Friedberg and Donna Wolfe. North HS will have their blanket making activity on November 16th at noon.

Tom Arthur reported that Lacy is hoping to find a photographer to capture all the events of the club. Then he went on to tell us about the Quarterly District meeting in Victorville.
Of Note: dues to increase $2.00. Sunnyside needs stories from clubs.

December 7th—Corporate meeting at the Youth Home
April 2nd—Annual recognition dinner at the youth home
February 28th—Club Oratorical Deadline

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur

Anniversaries
10/20 Carl Davis
10/23 Jim & Mary Thornell

Health Report
Joan’s sciatica is getting better but she is having some GI and B/P problems. We hope to see you back at club soon.
Marvin Leonard is feeling OK but tired. Please give him a call and let him know you are thinking about him.
Ed Hunt is having severe back pain and is in the diagnosis phase. Feel better Ed!

Next ROC Board Meeting is November 3rd at the Wolfe Law Office at 5:30pm

PROGRAM

Fonda McGensy, Director of Safe House relates they have 2 emergency shelters (Riverside/ Thousand Palms) These shelters are accessible free on the RTA/Sunshine bus lines. These homes treat addictions, mental health issues and anger issues through assessment, case planning and counseling. They also have 2 transitional Living Programs in Thousand Palms and Riverside. They assist homeless young adults 18-22 and their children with skill development and independent living tools and aftercare. They also have a long term group home at the Desert Campus. They have now become involved with providing victims of human trafficking with all the above services. Their newest project is the Safehouse Thrift Store located at 9571 Magnolia Ave. They need donations and volunteers. Please contact them at 951-299-8783.

Meeting Adjourned: 12:30 PM

NEXT MEETING November 4th AT NOON

SUMITTED BY DONNA WOLFE

Bulletin 10/21/2015

Song: David and Donna (The world travelers return)
Pledge: Rod Crampton (We had an actual flag)
Inspiration: Cheryl Friedberg (Words of courage from Maya Angelou)
In the absence of President Lacy Lenon Arthur, President Elect Gil Heth called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 12 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Jennifer Hopper from UCR, Assistant Director of Outdoor Excursions and Project Manager.

Gil Heth in order not to be outdone by Tom Arthur’s historical presentation of his wife Lacy, gave a brief biographical history of his heritage of German and Scottish descent. Of note, his parents came over on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. This presentation lasted approximately 1 minute.

Donna Wolfe paid a fine for crossing water and gave a brief description of their trip to Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Venice. They had a great time.

Ed Hunt paid a fine for his trip to Sequoia where the fires may still be burning.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur

Anniversaries
10/20 Carl Davis
10/23 Jim & Mary Thornell

Activity Reports
Gil Heth said that blanket-making is scheduled at Norte Vista on Oct. 22 at noon.

Mary Thornell has contacted all the schools for this years activities and has sent out a schedule to all members. If you did not receive it please contact Mary.

PROGRAM:
Jennifer Hopper, UCR Assistant Director of Outdoor Excursions and Project Manager put on a program to promote her life’s work of Outdoor Education and Leadership. Through their center they offer: Adventure Trip Programs, Outdoor Equipment Rental Center at very reasonable prices, Custom Outdoor trips for your group, Scuba Certification, Leadership and Team Building Conferences, Peer Mentorship Programs, Advanced Resources Library and Special Events. One of their special events is occurring this weekend, October 24-25 from Saturday 12:30pm to Sunday 11:00am. They will provide educational sessions on gardening and local food, and have giveaways and games. The event is free unless you wish to sleepover then the cost is $5.00. This is located in Lot 30 on the UCR campus. For further contact info: www.excursions.ucr.edu or 951-8277040.

Meeting Adjourned: 12:30 PM

NEXT MEETING OCTOBER 28TH AT NOON

SUMITTED BY DONNA WOLFE

Bulletin 10/14/2015

In the absence of President Lacy Lenon Arthur, Lt. Gov. Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 11 members and 5 guests present. The guests were Castle View Elementary School principal, Erica Square; Gina Cheadle from Frank Augustus Middle School; Lauren Klett and Michelle Steele from Provident Bank; and, today’s main speaker, Sarai Garrett, from MB2 Access.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur

Anniversaries
10/20 Carl Davis
10/23 Jim & Mary Thornell

Activity Reports
Gil Heth said that blanket-making is scheduled at Norte Vista on Oct. 22 at noon. Heth said that Volunteers are needed, so if you can be there to help, call Cheryl Friedberg at 951-733-9716 or 951-817-0713. Norte Vista is at 6585 Crest Ave., off of Arlington Ave.

Tom Arthur reminded us that the next Pacific Southeast District Quarterly is Oct. 23-25 at the Victorville Holiday Inn.

Arthur next presented a check to Castle View principal, Erica Square. Castle View is one of our 8 Adopt-a-Schools. Square thanked us for the donation telling us it would be used to supplement the school’s technology program. She also told us that their student body is about 600.

Gina Cheadle is the PTSA fundraising chair at Frank Augustus Middle School and attended our meeting to tell us about their 5th Annual FAMMS CARES 5K WALK on October 17 at 9 am.

The walk is being held at the school at 17925 Krameria Ave. and is to support “All the Colors of Cancer and Our School”. Registration is $20 per person.

Lauren Klett, Provident Bank’s Sr. Customer Service Rep., introduced Branch Vice President Michelle Steele, who presented a check to our club in the amount of $397.45. The donation is from the bank’s Community Partnership Program. The size of the bank’s donation is dependent on a designated percentage of customer account(s) balances. It is simple to set this up by calling Klett at 951-782-6177 Ext. 10307.

Program
Sarai Garrett’s program was introduced as “Millennials & Redefining Work”. MB2 Access, which stands for More Business to Access, told us that millennials’ philosophy goes from top to bottom as follows: 1. Me 2. I am awesome 3. Social Media 4. Lives at home. She said when advertising to them the ads need to be good looking, content marketing (blogs, etc.), mobile friendly (does not look like a website), educational, and about people. When branding our club, 54% of content should be entertaining, funny, fresh, unique, informative, and relevant to who they are.

Event reminders include:
– October 22, blanket-making, noon at Norte Vista
– October 23-25, District Quarterly, Victorville Holiday Inn
– November 16, blanket-making, noon at North

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21

Bulletin 10/7/2015

In the absence of President Lacy Lenon Arthur, Lt. Gov. Tom Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 10 members and 2 guests present. The guests were Johanna Grosso, a friend of Joan Breeding Letbetter, and today’s speaker, Patrick Brien, Executive Director of the Riverside Arts Council.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur

Anniversaries
10/20 Carl Davis
10/23 Jim & Mary Thornell

Activity Reports
Gil Heth said that blanket-making is scheduled at Norte Vista on Oct. 22 and at North on Nov. 16; both at noon. If you can be there to help, call Cheryl Friedberg at 951-733-9716 or 951-817-0713.

Lt. Gov. Tom Arthur reminded us that the next Pacific Southeast District Quarterly is Oct. 23-25 at the Victorville Holiday Inn.

Congratulations to Bob Bahnsen who won $54.50 in today’s drawing.

Program
Patrick Brien told us about the Festival for the Arts, which is a celebration of music and art which will go from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. on October 10 at White Park. The region’s largest fundraiser in support of the arts just got a whole lot bigger. Formerly known as the Mayor’s Celebration for Arts & Innovation, activities include a kid zone, art workshops, dance, music, craft beer and food. The price is $25 per person, with children 12 and under free when with a paying adult. Some events the group sponsors are First Sundays and the Arts Walk.

Event reminders include:
– October 13, ROC Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 5384 Cornwall, 92506
– October 22, blanket-making, noon at Norte Vista
– October 23-25, District Quarterly, Victorville Holiday Inn
– November 16, blanket-making, noon at North

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14

Bulletin 9/30/2015

President Lacy Lenon Arthur called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 14 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Johanna Grosso, a friend of Joan Breeding Letbetter. The speaker was Optimist member, Tom Arthur.

Birthdays
10/12 Frank Whitman
10/14 Tom Arthur

Anniversaries
10/20 Carl Davis
10/23 Jim & Mary Thornell

Activity Reports
David Wolfe passed around an article on our last TriStar event.

Frank Whitman reported that he thought the Installation Dinner was great; food was good. Frank and Jim Thornell were thanked for coordinating the event.

Bob Bahnsen told us that a WWI artillery casing was delivered to the Air Museum. He also said that the museum has a Pearl Harbor display that highlights Lou Roffman throughout.

Gil Heth said that blanket-making is scheduled at Norte Vista on Oct. 22 and at North on Nov. 16; both at noon. If you can be there to help, call Cheryl Friedberg at 951-733-9716 or 951-817-0713.

Lt. Gov. Tom Arthur reminded us that the next Pacific Southeast District Quarterly is Oct. 23-25 at the Victorville Holiday Inn.

Program
Member Tom Arthur completed the program that he had begun at the Installation Dinner regarding President Lacy’s paternal great, great grandfather, Richard Leigh. Arthur told us that Brigham Young gave Leigh the nick name of Beaver Dick, which became the name he was mostly none by. Leigh joined the military at the age of 15 or 16 and was discharged at the age of 17. In about 1848, he went to work for the Hudson Bay Co., trapping & skinning animals, hunting, fishing and guiding expeditions. On one expedition, Teddy Roosevelt discovered the Teton Basin and the Yellowstone area. His first wife, Jennie, and their 6 children, died of smallpox on Christmas eve in 1876. Leigh’s second wife, Tadpole, also known as Susan, was Lacy’ great, great grandmother. In the mid 1880’s, Leigh was a school trustee. He died in 1899 at the age of 68.Event reminders include:
– October 13, ROC Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 5384 Cornwall, 92506
– October 22, blanket-making, noon at Norte Vista
– October 23-25, District Quarterly, Victorville Holiday Inn
– November 16, blanket-making, noon at NorthSubmitted by Joan Breeding LetbetterThe next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7
Bulletin 9/23/2015
President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 11 members and 2 guests present. The guests were Johanna Grosso and Whitney Waters with the Riverside Downtown Partnership, who was the day’s speaker.
 
Birthdays
9/27 Cheryl Friedberg
Riverside Unified School District sent a thank you letter for the $1000 we donated to Emerson Elementary School as one of our Adopt-A-Schools.
Bob Bahnsen announced that Mary Thornell is contacting/coordinating school dates and bike safety events.
 
David Wolfe said that Tri-Star is scheduled in January at Emerson and in March at Madison.
 
Lt. Gov. Tom Arthur told us that the next District Quarterly is on Oct. 23-25, 2015, at the Victorville Holiday Inn.
 
Program
Whitney Waters, who is the Communications and Events Liaison for the Riverside Downtown Partnership, graduated from Cal Baptist 3-4 months ago. 3 people run the office and they have a 40-member Board. Waters told us about 2 upcoming events, which are the Fall/Winter Fashion Show on the Downtown Mall on Sept. 24 at 6 pm and the Zombie Crawl from 2-6 pm at the Main Street Civic Plaza between University and Mission Inn Ave. For more info on the Zombie Crawl, call 951-781-7335.
 
The Partnership is responsible for the Riverside Improvement District which works with Downtown businesses on issues and events. Other activities include special events, such as restaurant week; the Ambassador Program, whose purpose is to assist guests with finding things and providing a sense of security; fall and spring fashion shows; and, the Zombie Crawl.
 
The Partnership is funded by Downtown businesses and the City of Riverside.
 
Do not forget tonight’s Installation Dinner at the Victoria Club at the 6 pm social time with dinner at 6:45 pm.
The next meeting is at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, September 30          
Bulletin 9/16/2015

President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 14 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Johanna Grosso, a friend of Joan Breeding Letbetter.

Birthdays
9/18 Rod Crampton
9/19 Donna Wolfe
9/27 Cheryl FriedbergAnniversaries
NonePresident Rod said that he and Micki Hicks volunteered at the Feed America program at Madison Elementary School.We were reminded that the Installation Dinner is on Friday, Sept 25, with the hospitality period beginning at 6 pm and dinner being served at 6:45 pm. The cost for guests is $45. If you are a member, the cost of your dinner was paid when you paid your membership dues. If you have not made your reservation, you need to call Mary or Jim Thornell ASAP at 951-276-9065. You also need to decide whether you want steak or salmon and let Frank Whitman know at 951-780-3748.Program
Member Mark Cloud presented our program at this meeting and he told us about several issues and/or programs the city’s Public Utilities Dept. is working on. They include:
1. California’s drought has reached a saturation point. The State has mandated that Riverside reduce its water use by 28%. In June we reduced water use by 22%, in July it was 31%, and in August that figure was 23%. The city is currently suing the State to get the 28% reduced due to our water sources being groundwater and reservoirs.
2. LED rebates being offered via monthly bill inserts. For a list of stores participating in the rebate program, go to BlueRiverside.com.
3. Mylar balloons are tripping power lines and the equipment that needs to be replaced when this happens is very expensive. If you are using such balloons, you are asked to tether them with a heavy weight.
4. RPU 2.0 is what the new 7.5 megawatt solar energy farm located on the city’s former Tequesquite Landfill is known as. The 7.5 megawatts has helped the city reach its 20 megawatt mark five years ahead of schedule.Mark also told us that Riverside County is now the 10th largest county in the country. He ended his program by telling us that 31% of the city’s power is provided by renewable power sources, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal.Event reminders include:
– September 25, Installation Dinner, Victoria Country ClubThe next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23
Bulletin 9/9/2015
 
President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30pm with 12 members and 2 guests present. The guests were Johanna Grosso and Ian Barraza, chairperson of Riverside’s Model Deaf Community Committee, who is today’s speaker.
 
Birthdays
9/18 Rod Crampton
9/19 Donna Wolfe
9/27 Cheryl Friedberg
 
Anniversaries
None
 
We were all pleased to see Chuck Moore at the lunch as he has been ill for the last several months with spinal stenosis. Welcome back, Chuck. 
 
Rod reminded us of the Golden Badge Awards dinner, Breakfast With Our Heroes in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room and the Ronald McDonald Open House. He also said that the Installation Dinner is on Sept. 25 at the Victoria Club at 6pm for the social hour with dinner immediately following. Members have paid for their dinners in their membership fee; the guests dinner fee is $35 and can be paid at the door or mailed to Frank Whitman at 1572 Crevasse Ct., Riv., 92506. You also need to tell Frank if you want steak or salmon. If you have any questions, you can call him at 951-780-3748.
   
Cheryl Friedberg read a thank you letter from the Children’s Fund for the 72 back packs we donated to them.
 
Cheryl reminded us that she is collecting books to donate to the “Books Behind Bars” program. You can bring them to a lunch meeting or the Installation.
 
Program
Ian Barraza told us that the Model Deaf Community Committee currently has 14 members and was formed in 1999. All committee members are volunteers. He said that there are 2 schools for deaf students in CA; one in Riverside and one in Fremont. Their mission is to “Help to create an integrated community that promotes: Full Participation in Society; Education and Employment; Effective Communication; and, Cultural Awareness”.
 
Ian’s father was born with hearing problems and is now considered deaf. Ian went on to say that deaf people do not consider themselves handicappoured. He invited us to participate in the Deaf Awareness Week Kick-Off Celebration on Sept.19 from 10am – 5pm on Mission Inn Ave. between Lemon and Orange Streets. There will be 45 vendors on hand, along with a rock climbing wall and live performances. When asked how we should interact with deaf people, he said attitude is important and that we should make sure that our mouths are visible, that we make eye contact and talk naturally. He said we can write notes, but do not use slang.
 
Following the creed, the meeting adjourned at 1:20pm.
 
Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter
 
The next meeting is at 12:30pm on Wednesday, September 16 
Bulletin 9/2/2015

The meeting was opened at 12:30 by President Rod Crampton with 14 members and 2 guests, Rod Balance and Ricardo Carranza of 211 Community Correct.

David and Donna led us in song; Bob Bahnsen led us in the Pledge (flag included); and Cheryl read an inspirational tidbit to start us off. We sang the full version of the birthday song in celebration of Marvin Leonard’s 87th birthday. He says he wants 3 more years of songs, but Joel is pushing for at least 13 years.

Tom Arthur then reported that he had purchased a new Ford pick-up truck (which helped to boost his son’s dealership sales record). He paid the required fine based on the number of cylinders in the vehicle and then continued to report on the PSED quarterly meeting held in Indian Wells which he and Lacy attended.

For the next Optimist year, which begins on October 1, 2015, Lacy Lennon Arthur will be the President of the Riverside Optimist Club; Tom Arthur will be the PSED Lieutenant Governor; and Beth Mills will be the District Governor. Good Luck to you all!

The district is asking for articles to print in the Sunnyside Newsletter. Contributions may be e-mailed to: psedsunny1516@gmail.com . Tom also noted that the October PSED meeting will be in Victorville and the February meeting will be held on a 3 day cruise to Mexico. The August Convention will be in Las Vegas.

There will also be an increase in district dues of $2 per member up from $14 to $16. The $2 will go toward youth projects.

A discussion was held regarding the Respect for Law program. Only 4 clubs participated and there was a suggestion that worthy people who are not sworn officers  may be considered for the honor. The solution might be to recognize 2 separate categories. (This might include people at the Explorer level.) They could be celebrated at the club level as district rules may be too stringent.

Jim Thornell has been doing a yoemans job on the Installation Dinner by following up with members who have yet to respond. We are up to 35 attendees (Thank you, Jim) and we look forward to a wonderful evening at the Victoria Country Club (Thank you, Tom) on Friday, evening September 25th at 6 PM.

Donna has gotten delivery of our Optimist club shirts and they came out beautifully. See her to pick up yours. They’ll look great when we wear them to our club events! (Thank you, Donna).

Bulletin 8/26/2015

President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 13 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Manjee Dhiman-Rios, who is today’s speaker.

Birthdays:

8/25 Andrew Lloyd
8/29 Lacy Lenon Arthur

Anniversaries:
8/10 Donna & David Wolfe
8/20 Mark Cloud

President Rod suggested that Andrew Lloyd consider making a donation to the club for his birthday of August 25.

Tom Arthur said that we are invited to the barbecue he and Lacy are having on Sept. 5.

Cheryl Friedberg passed around a Press-Enterprise article about the club recently distributing 950 back packs.

Tom Spiel told us that the Installation Dinner is on Sept 26 with the hospitality section beginning at 6 pm and dinner being served at 6:45 pm. The cost for guests has not been determined yet. If you are a member, the cost of your dinner was paid when you paid your membership dues. If you have not made your reservation, call Mary Thornell at 951-276-9065 or email her at mt252@att.net. You also need to decide whether you want steak or salmon.

Gil Heth said that 60 Norte Vista students attended the first Octagon Club meeting of the year. He said the students were enthusiastic and the club has a new and dynamic adviser. They are planning on making blankets in October. Date still to be determined.

Program
Manjee Dhiman-Rios is the VP, Marketing and Compliance manager of 88 Spirits and runs the company along with her father. The company makes and distributes liquor whose office is in Ontario, CA. They market their products at community events such as United Way, Chambers of Commerce, National Nights Out, police, fire and fallen officer programs. On Friday, Sept. 11 at 6:45 am, they are sponsoring a Breakfast With Our Heroes to be held in the Grier Pavilion at City Hall. Individual tickets are $50 and you can purchase them by calling 909-786-1071.

Event reminders include:
–       August 22, Police Dept. Bike Safety Fair, Magnolia Police Station, 9am – 1pm
–       September 25, Installation Dinner, Victoria Country Club
The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26

Bulletin 8/19/2015

President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 12 members and 1 guest present. The guest was Yanyi Mai, our last Scholarship Recipient to be recognized.

Birthdays:
8/25 Andrew Lloyd
8/29 Lacy Lenon Arthur

Anniversaries:
8/10 Donna & David Wolfe
8/20 Mark Cloud

Song:  David and Donna (Dynamic Duo)
Pledge:  Patriotic Bob
Invocation:  Inspirational Cheryl

We received a Thank You from the Assistance League for past support.  They also informed us of a car show on September 12th.

Inspire is hosting a Fiesta on September 12

Safe House is celebrating their 25th birthday and is requesting donations in the amount of $25.00

The Riverside Community Sailing program thanked us for our $500 donation this year. Those funds were used to teach 300 youth to sail.

Tom and Lacy Arthur are hosting a Labor Day Weekend BBQ on September 5th at 4pm.  Please RSVP to 951-836-0023 or 951-836-0684.  Address: 5384 Cornwall Ave.

Donna Wolfe presented Yanyi Mai a check for $1000.00.  She is a Brad and Portia Scholarship winner.  She will attend UC Berkeley and major in Mathematics. After graduation she would like to go into business.  She just returned from spending 6 weeks in China and had a great time.

Program:

Unfortunately our guest speaker, Brianna Manion, arrived after our meeting was adjourned.  She is employed by Sparkwoods Event Planning.  She was visiting us to Promote Riverside’s first annual Turkey Trot to be held November 26th, 7am to 11 am.

They will have 4 events: 15K, 5K, Mini Trot kids race and the Costume contest.   Entry fees range from 35$ to 45$.  Sponsorship Opportunities Available at: info@sparkswoodevents.com.

Event reminders include:
–       August 22, Police Dept. Bike Safety Fair, Magnolia Police Station, 9am – 1pm
–       September 5th, Labor Day BBQ @Tom and Lacy Arthur
–       September 25, Installation Dinner, Victoria Country Club

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26

Bulletin 8/12/2015

President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 15 members and 2 guests present. The guests were City Manager John Russo, who is today’s speaker, and Johanna Grosso.

Birthdays:
8/25 Andrew Lloyd
8/29 Lacy Lenon Arthur

Anniversaries:
8/10 Donna & David Wolfe
8/20 Mark Cloud

President Rod donated money right after he said his travelling for the year is over. He also had to pay to get a gavel back from Ed Hunt who had stolen it several weeks earlier.

Donna Wolfe read an interesting letter from one of our scholarship recipients. The student  told us about the variety of activities she is participating in, but we then learned she is below the grade level required to continue to receive funds from us. Donna next told us that she has ordered the Optimist shirts from Land’s End and we should receive them in a couple of weeks. If you have not ordered a shirt and want one, you must call her by this Friday the 14th.

Joel Friedberg and Jim Thornell delivered 950 backpacks to the following organizations: RUSD, AUSD, Riverside County Mental Health, Orange Crest and the Children’s Fund.

Donna won $68 in today’s marble draw.

Program
Before City Manager John Russo began his presentation, President Rod asked Joel to list some of our programs for him. Joel noted many, including but not limited to, scholarships, Adopt-a-Schools, the Youth Home, Respect for Law, eliminating Childhood Cancer, Computer Camp, Oratorical and Essay Contests, Youth Appreciation, two high school Octagon Clubs, and Jr. Golf. Russo thanked us for the work that we do. He told us that he left the Bay Area for Riverside after 28 years of service as a councilperson, city attorney and city manager. He said he is a child of Italian immigrants, lived in Brooklyn and was a National Merit Scholarship winner, which helped him get into Yale and then law school. He went on to say that he is extremely pleased that the City Council passed the budget on a unanimous vote. In addition, first time expenses and payroll have been covered by existing revenue. The City has borrowed $30,000,000 in cross funds (money from one department’s budget being used for another department’s needs) and the Council has agreed on a 3-5 year pay-back program. The Council has also agreed to budget for depreciation, i.e., when things break they need to be fixed or replaced. He ended the program by saying what makes good government is “transparency, accountability, responsiveness, financial prudentry (sic) and decisiveness”.

Event reminders include:
–       August 19, ROYCI meeting immediately following lunch
–       August 22, Police Dept. Bike Safety Fair, Magnolia Police Station, 9am – 1pm
–       September 25, Installation Dinner, Victoria Country Club
The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19

Bulletin 8/5/2015

The meeting was called to order at 12:30 by President Rod Crampton with 14 members and 2 guests from the Moreno Valley Optimist Club, along with guest speaker Rhonda Bailey. The Thornell’s and the Friedberg’s led our club in song and then we said the Pledge of Allegiance while facing toward Denver in the absence of a flag. Cheryl Friedberg said some inspirational words about teachers as we gear up for the new school year.

Gil Heth paid a fine for being lucky enough to have celebrated his and Sheryl’s 50th wedding anniversary this past weekend. Rod paid several fines including crossing water in 2 directions. Also, today is Bill Campbell’s birthday. Hey Bill, if you can’t come in person, just mail in your contribution and we’ll mail back your birthday song, (short version only). Bob Bahnsen reported that our entrants for the District level Respect for Law and Firefighters’ award didn’t win. The entry from Barstow won for the police and the Pomona firefighter won that award.

Joel mentioned that he and Jim Thornell will be delivering backpacks on Monday, August 10th to the Riverside schools that we support with our Adopt-A-School program. When complete, we will have delivered a total of over 950 backpacks to 6 Riverside schools, 4 Alvord schools, 2 Corona schools, the Riverside Mental Health Department, the Children’s Fund, and Olive Crest Boy’s School.

Mary Thornell took names of those who will be attending the Installation Dinner along with their dinner entrée choices. If you haven’t already done so, please contact Mary to let her know if you plan to participate and whether you’d like steak or salmon for your meal. You can call Mary at: (951) 276-9065 or e-mail her at: mt252@att.net .

Joel Friedberg won, and then lost the Marble Draw.
Our guests from the Moreno Valley Optimist Club, Julie Reyes and Lisa Smethurst came to tell us about their upcoming fundraiser, Quartermania. In partnership with the Soroptimist Club (with which we are often confused), the MoVal Club is holding a Quartermania event on Saturday August 15th. In the interest of clarity, I have attached the flyer. It is sure to be a fun time for all!

Our guest speaker was Rhonda Bailey, founder of Please Be Safe an organization she formed after the tragic death of her son, Robert, in 2010. The organization aims to turn pain to purpose, and purpose to power. Laws to prevent needless death on the roads of young people are necessary so that fewer crashes will take the lives of 5-34 year olds. To raise funds for the group there will be a “Please Be Safe Walkathon” this Saturday, August 8th at Hunter Hobby Park in Riverside. The walk begins at 8:AM and will be followed by a concert, a picnic, and a talk by CHP personnel.

The meeting concluded with The Optimist Creed at 1:30.

Bulletin 7/29/2015

In the absence of Rod Crampton, Donna Wolfe called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm with 13 members and 2 guests present. The guests were scholarship recipient, Tatiana Su, and today’s speaker, Opal Singleton.

Birthdays:
8/25 Andrew Lloyd
8/29 Lacy Lenon Arthur

Anniversaries:
8/10 Donna & David Wolfe
8/20 Mark Cloud

Donna presented a Brad & Portia Stevens scholarship to Tatiana Su from North High School.  Tatiana will be majoring in English and writing at Berkeley. She is partial to writing poetry.

Donna then reminded us that she is coordinating the purchase of Optimist shirts from Land’s End. Get in touch with her to order yours or if you have any questions. Members are to purchase their own shirt.

Joel Friedberg told us that 100 back packs will be delivered next week to Riverside County Mental Health Dept. and 144 to Alvord Unified School District.

Cheryl Friedberg is organizing a group to see 42nd St. on Nov. 14 at 2 pm at the Segerstrom. Ticket price is $45. If you are interested in attending, let her know as soon as possible.

Tom Arthur announced that he and Lacy want Optimist members to “Save the Date” of Sept. 5 for a backyard party at their home.

PROGRAM
Opal Singleton, president and CEO of MillionKids, told us that the organization’s name is “reflecks that one million kids are trafficked each year”. The MillionKids group is part of the Riverside County Task Force that is working to end human trafficking, or least decrease the numbers of kids that are vulnerable and exploited. She spoke about some of the computer programs that are very popular with kids, such as KIK and Xbox. She said the programs are not the problem, it is when the child is talking to someone via the program. That aspect is what needs to be monitored by the adults in a child’s life. Singleton ended with the message of what we can do. And that is to report human trafficking to 1-888-373-7888.

Event reminders include:
–       August 12, ROC Board Meeting, Wolfe Law Office, 5:30 pm
–       August 19, ROYCI Meeting immediately following lunch
–       August 22, Police Dept. Bike Safety Fair, Magnolia Police Station, 9am – 1pm
–       September 25, Installation Dinner, Victoria Country Club

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5

Bulletin 7/15/2015

President Rod Crampton, called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 17 members and 7 guests present. The guests were two prospective members, Bruce Peterson and Bob Perez, both acquaintances of Tom & Lacy Lenon Arthur and 7 members of RCC’s Student Services Program; 3 staff members and 2 students.

Birthdays:
7/9 Gil Heth
7/16 Craig Roubinek
7/17 Tom Spiel
7/27 Vern Hall
7/31 Bill Campbell

Anniversaries:
7/3 Cheryl & Joel Friedberg
7/15 Joan Breeding Letbetter
7/31 Gil Heth

Rod announced that the Board has voted to order polo shirts for anyone interested in buying one; more info to follow.

David Wolfe told us that the TriStar Program on July 9 at Olive Crest in Perris for 24 teenage boys aged 12-18 was very successful. He said that we have reached nearly 700 students through the TriStar Program this past year.

Cheryl Friedberg said that we are still collecting stuffed animals for the Children’s Fund and encouraged members to bring them to our next lunch meeting on the 22nd.

President-Elect Lacy Lenon Arthur thanked members for sponsoring her attendance at the Optimist Convention in New Orleans. One of the recommendations she plans on emphasizing is making meetings fun.

Program
The 3 staff personnel of RCC’s Student Services Program each presented portions of the today’s program. Starting the presentation was Sheila Faulknerloser, Student Resource Specialist, who said the programs are provided at Alternative Education Schools through Riverside County Office of Education. Programs she mentioned include those for teen moms, military personnel and expelled students. She said that they have served 1400 students with 830 of those students moving on to a post-secondary pathway.

Next to speak was Jeremy Johnson, Foster Youth Specialist, who emphasized the College Connection Program and Guardian Scholars. Jeremy has been with RCC since 2006.

The third staffer to talk was Christopher Dech, Guardian Scholars Coordinator on RCC’s Norco campus. The Guardian Scholars Program is a campus support program for foster youth.  Rounding out the program were two students, Andrea Michelle and Breanda Guzman. Andrea was a 16-year-old graduate of Riverside County High School with a 3.4 GPA who wants to be a doctor. Breanda was a high school dropout who now has a 3-year-old child and is in the Come Back Kids Program and wants to be either a dental hygienist or a salon owner.

Sheila completed the presentation by telling us that the program was awarded the 2013 Golden Bell/Apple of Excellence from the CA School Board Association.

Event reminders include:
• September 25, Installation Dinner at the Victoria Country Club

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22

Bulletin 7/8/2015

In the absence of President Rod Crampton, Ed Hunt called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 11 members, and 18 guests present. As today is the Respect for Law program, most of the guests were from the police and fire departments. Two other guests were Virginia Bahnsen and Johanna Grosso.

Birthdays:
7/9 Gil Heth
7/16 Craig Roubinek
7/17 Tom Spiel
7/27 Vern Hall
7/31 Bill Campbell

Anniversaries:
7/3 Cheryl & Joel Friedberg
7/15 Joan Breeding Letbetter
7/31 Gil Heth

Joel Friedberg told us that we will give 24 back packs to the teenage boys at the TriStar event at Olive Crest today.

Program
Fire Captain David Hernandez and Police Officer Christian Wilcox were honored at today’s luncheon. Hernandez was the inspiration for bringing a drowning prevention program to Riverside first graders. Our club purchased the Stewie the Duck outfit and the firefighters association purchased the books that were given to the students.

Christian Wilcox, who has been with the police department for 7 years, is currently a member of the University Enforcement Team and was named the Top Bike Cop for his riding ability. He also was recently successful in performing the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim.

Event reminders include:
–       August 22, Police Department Bike Safety Fair at the Magnolia Police Station, 9-1
–       September 25, Installation Dinner at Victoria Country Club

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15

Bulletin 6/24/2015
No meeting this Wednesday, July 1

In the absence of Rod Crampton Donna Wolfe called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 5 guests present. The guests were two scholarship recipients, parents and Ana Martinez of the Children’s Fund, who is today’s speaker.

Birthdays:
None

Anniversaries:
6/14 Tom Spiel
6/22 Rod Crampton
6/23 Tom & Lacy Arthur

Joel Friedberg said that they purchased 936 backpacts to distribute to Riverside and Alvord Unified School Disctricts, Olive Crest and County Mental Health Dept.

David Wolfe told us that there is a TriStar program tentatively scheduled on July 9 at Olive Crest in Perris for 24 teenage boys. More info to come.

Bob Bahnsen reported that the Respect for Law Lunch is scheduled for July 8.

A $1000 scholarship was presented to Isis Gonzalez from North High School. She will be majoring in biochemistry and pre-med. Ken Shaffer was presented with a Brad & Portia Stevens four-year $4000 scholarship. Ken went to La Sierra High School and will be attending UC San Diego and will major in computer engineering.

Program
Ana Martinez of the Children’s Fund said that she has been with this organization for 2 years.  She said that the program is only operating in San Bernardino County and holding some events in Riverside. Their mission is primarily to serve at risk children or those victims of child abuse. In the past year, 1.4 million San Bernardino children were served by the Children’s Fund. Programs are in 4 areas, including emergency needs, community outreach, children’s assessment center and scholarships.

Event reminders include:
• July 1, no lunch meeting
• July 8, Respect for Law Luncheon

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8

Bulletin 6/3/2015

President Rod Crampton called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 15 members, and 3 guests present. Two guests, Lanny Coon and Linda Lawyer, were from the Riverside Community Sailing Program, and were there to present today’s program. The third guest was Vernetta Griffin from the Family Service Association (FSA).

Birthdays:
None

Anniversaries:
6/14 Tom Spiel
6/22 Rod Crampton
6/23 Tom & Lacy Lenon Arthur

Joel & Cheryl Friedberg reported on their cruise to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland where they had a fantastic vacation, which included the Chiuli Museum and a tour of the Boeing factory,

Ed Hunt shared his vacation to England and Ireland with us, including the English Channel and the Titanic Museum in Belfast.

President Rod told us that he had 3 great weeks of fishing in Nebraska.

Bob Bahnsen said that the Bicycle Safety Program was completed at Emerson Elementary School with 325 students in attendance. He said that a 5th grader won a bike and that he had never had a bike before. There were 160 students on hand and that the program had reached 1200-1500 students. Bob thanked all the volunteers that contributed to the programs and every one gave Bob a round of applause for all of his hard work
Vernetta Griffin of FSA told us that they were having a program at the Martha McLean Park on Jurupa Ave. on June 6 from 7:30-12:00 emphasizing Healing, Child Abuse Prevention,
Education and Outreach. She invited us all to attend.

Program:
Lanny Coon told us how to get children involved in sailing and how to get us involved too. Linda Lawyer then spoke about the 2015 Regatta/Triathlon which is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, at Fairmount Park from 9:30 – 3:00. There are 4 races that day, including Donors, Youth, Battle of the Chiefs (police and fire) and Mayor and City Council. There is also a golf challenge, lawn bowling and a hot dog BBQ planned. Last year, our Optimist Club won the donors race.

Event reminders include:
– June 6, Junior Golf at Apple Valley Country Club
– June 9, ROC Board at Wolfe Law Office at 5:30 p.m.
– June 10, Lt. Col. Mike Lenahan speaking on Remote Piloted Aircraft
– June 17, Scholarship Luncheon at Canyon Crest Country Clubb at noon
– June 17, ROYCI at Ed Hunt’s Office at 5:30 p.m.
– Sept. 25, Installation Dinner at Victoria Country Club

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10

Bulletin 5/20/2015

In President Rod Crampton’s absence, Donna Wolfe called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 9 members, and 3 guests present. Two guests were from Emerson Elementary School, and they were Principal Boutan and Dr. Churchill. The third guest was Carrie Ridgeway from the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, who is today’s speaker.

Birthdays:

5/9 Jim Thornell
5/29 Joel Friedberg

Anniversaries:

5/5 Craig Roubinek
5/12 Bob Bahnsen

Bob Bahnsen mentioned that he had awarded 2 scholarships at Norte Dame High School, with one of the awards going to Domenique Mena, the class salutatorian. He also said that the next Bicycle Safety Program was scheduled for this Friday at Emerson Elementary School.

Gil Heth told us that he will present scholarships at Norte Vista on May 27.

Tom Arthur said that ROYCI will meet on June 17 with the location TBD.

Frank Whitman presented the Nominations for Officers and Directors:

Officers:
Past-President Rod Crampton
President Lacy Lenon Arthur
President-Elect Gil Heth
Vice President Micki Hicks
Vice President Joan Breeding Letbetter
Secretary Ed Hunt
Treasurer Frank Whitman

Directors
Rene Benitez
David Wolfe
Jim Thornell
Amanda Wambolt
Joan Breeding Letbetter

No nominations were put forth from the floor and the slate of officers and directors were unanimously elected. They will take their seats on October 1, 2015.

Whitman next reported that it appears that we made $6900 at last weekend’s golf tournament with an additional $5185 coming from the ball drop with a profit of $13851.

Donna Wolfe then presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Principal Boutan as Emerson Elementary is one of our Adopt-a-Schools. Boutan and Dr. Churchill thanked us and then combined to say that this money will be spent on emphasizing wellbeing, hopefulness and engagement. This will occur through six categories including I Can Find Many Ways to Find the Answer to my Problem and Talk it out Tuesdays.

Program:

Carrie Ridgeway told us that the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center was founded by Florene Barton Loring and Frank Miller. Mission Inn owner Duane Roberts is on the Board and Mary S. Roberts is his mother. The Center has about 12,000 successful adoptions per year and conducts 3,000 spay/neuter clinics each year. They are conducting an Animals for Armed Forces event this coming week.

Event reminders include:

–      June 17, Scholarship Luncheon at CCCC

Submitted by Joan Breeding Letbetter

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27

BULLETIN 5/13/2015

IN YOUR DAILY LIFE, YOU WILL FACE MANY OBSTACLES; SOMETIMES THEY WILL BE BUMPS IN THE ROAD, OTHER TIMES THEY WILL BE COMPLETE DETOURS. BUT NO MATTER IF IT IS A BRIEF DETOUR OR A TRUE OBASTACLE WITH A WHOLE ASSORTMENT OF PROBLEMS, OPTIMISM WILL ENABLE YOU TO PERSEVERE.

Song: Donna and Joel
Pledge: Bob
Invocation: Cheryl

President Rod Crampton is on vacation and past president Cheryl Friedberg called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 12 members and 2 guests present. The guests were Nancy Harris and and Nancy Parrish from the “Old Riverside Foundation”

Birthdays:

5/9 Jim Thornell
5/5 Craig Roubinek
5/29 Joel Friedberg
5/12 Bob Bahnsen
Both Jim and Joel paid up for their birthdays with a total of $140.00. You do the math.

Joel gave a report on the golf tournament and reported that the total profits were between $16,000 and $17,000. The Board voted to continue the tournament next year with some minor adjustments.

District Junior Golf Tournament will be held at Apple Valley Country Club on June 6th. Our junior golf winner Isiah Wilson will be in attendance.

ROC Board approved paying for lunches for oratorical contest winner and 4 others at District event on May 23rd in Long Beach.

Bob Bahnsen told us that the next bike safety event is at Emerson Elementary School on May 15 at 1:45.pm Note: This is a new time.

Rene Benitez and Joel Friedberg agreed to be new board members for 2015-16 and Gil Heth agreed to act as President Elect for 2017.

Donna Wolfe read an inspiring student letter from Kristine Jorgenson who attends BYU and will be studying in Cambridge this summer.

Program:
Nancy Parrish of “The Old Riverside Foundation” presented a program outlining the efforts of this group to save vintage architecture. It is a 501©3 organization with 9 board members. Their are event driven. They helped save the Weber House, Collier House, Twogood Tract Relocation,McIntire House and Sweat House. The are hosting the Vintage Home Tour , Restoration Faire & Vintage Mercantile On May 16th. Tickets are $18.00 pre-sale and $20.00 day of event. www.oldriverside.org for further information.
Thanks Nancy for a very interesting presentation.

Event reminders include:
– May 15, Bike Safety at Emerson Elementary School at 1:45 p.m.
– May 29, Bile Safety at Madison Elementary School at 1:45 p.m.
– May 23rd District Quarterly in Long Beach- Oratorical
– June 6th Junior Golf Apple Valley Country Club.
– Installation Dinner September 25th, Victoria Club

Submitted by Donna Wolfe

The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th

Rod have a great time with Bambi in Kansas, Cheryl and Joel enjoy the beautiful scenery in Vancouver and Ed and Sue, kiss the blarney stone. Marvin and Mary get well quick, quick quick quick. xox

“Be at our next meeting or be square”