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WORKING THE TROPICANA

Making Pizza's at Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Ray's Stadium) for Papa John's Pizza enables us to earn money so we can give to the kids and our community.
BIG BUCKS AUCTION FOR KIDS

We supported the Riviera Middle School with the Bucks Program. The kids would bid on the items with the Bucks they earned throughout the school year. 

We donated $1,200 for the school to purchase the items.
PINEWOOD DERBY
Don Stillwagon and Arthur Bourgeois checking in a Pinewood Derby entrant.

Making sure the cars were lined up for a fair race was important. Taking that extra step was important to member, Nancy.   
Kids and parents would line up at the
finish line to see if their car would 
win. Excitement was plentiful.
Getting involved
Melinda Roche - Pinellas Park Police Dept was our Respect for Law  honoree.
Melinda with her Captain, Mother and Sue after receiving her plaque.
Certificate of Appreciation
Received from Lealman Elementary School for our continuous support and contributions.
Respect for Law - 2011
Kentucky - K9 dog was there too!
Emma at the podium.
Emma Temarkin  with her mother and Sue Lewis
Parvin Sembu with Sue Lewis
Terry with our two winners at the school Oratorical Contest.
2011 Halloween Night
Giving out the candy to all kids of all ages - it was fun!
Terry Pendleton pinning Nora with her husband Edgar who is our Secretary, Treasurer along side her to welcome our newest member and long time friend to our meetings and projects. 
2012 Pinning Our Newest Member
Welcome NORA!
2012 & 2013 Sponsoring 
the Northeast Lady Vikings Softball Team 

GO TEAM!
April 15, 2012 - Breakfast Club Sponsored a Fish-A-Thon for the kids - our club had 3 kids come out and participate.
Somer and her 3 kids reeled in many fish and got to keep their new fishing rods and reels. 
It was great!
Being honored by the Tampa Bay Rays

A party for the volunteers and to get ready for the new season.

Thanks to all our volunteers we had a great year.
Our 2012 Oratorical Contest Winners - they did it again for our club.

All of the Winners
Scott Kaplan, No FL District Governor and volunteer for us at the Tropiciana "Rays" joined us for our dinner thanking all of the volunteers.
Volunteers helping us give back to the community.
We thanked them with a dinner and an fun outting.

Mason Dixion's Christmas Wish Fund
This was our 6th year of donating to Mason Dixon's Christmas Wish Fund.
Our member Nancy Berghammer hand delivered the check and was on the air with Mason giving thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us throughout the Ray's season. Mason knows that the money is to be given to a family with kids. Remember that is what we are all about; "Friend of Youth!" and giving back to the community.
Mason Dixon accepting our donation at Q105 delivered by Nancy Berghammer, member.
Brooke and Joey participated in the Morgan Fitzgerald Oratorical Contest and went on the next level. They are both winners in our books. Both of them spoke rather well and presented themselves with much grace. We are proud of them.
Oratorical Constestants from Morgan Fitzgerald School 2013
In an all out effort to help stop bullying our chapter set up a booth. We wanted to get the word across to the parents and children that bullying hurts everyone involved. Terry was very much involved in this event and our thank you goes out to him for all his efforts.

Stop the Bullying
Mason Dixion's Christmas Wish Fund
This was our 8th year of donating to Mason Dixon's Christmas Wish Fund.
Our members Nancy Berghammer and Sue Lewis hand delivered the check and was on the air with Mason giving thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us throughout the Ray's season. The money went to a needy family with kids. Remember that is what we are all about; "Friend of Youth!" and giving back to the community.
Mason Dixon accepted our donation at Q105 .
Our Oratorical Winners 2014
We are so proud of our two 1st Place winners, Jessica Silk and Harry Potter and they are going to participate in this years too. These are two great young adults.
Hayden Crawford Graduated from College - Our Youngest Member 
Our club President, Terry Pendleton and Vice President, Sue Lewis went to Hayden's graduation ceremony from St Petersburg College. Hayden is the youngest member of our club. He volunteers at the Tropiciana Ray games to help us give back to the community for kids. He is a great member and he is going to pursue further education.
Harold Der Garabedian, Photographer
Left to right, Sue Lewis, Hayden Crawford, girl friend Janate, and Terry Pendleton
Our club is growing. On January 11th, 2016 we had the induction of our two newest members Mary Cones and Janate Moultrie at Denny's Restuarant.
Youth Appreciation 2016
Angelica Nguyen
Our club had the honor of  recognizing Angelica Nguyen on February 24th at Olive Garden for Youth Appreciation.
Angelica is quite a talented and energetic young lady. She is graduating from high school in June with a 4.4 grade average. She took college classes and also applied to several colleges and was accepted by all of them, she picked USF. 
Angelica helps us out at the Tropiciana for the Ray's games and we can always count on her to be there. She works and was just promoted to a leader position. Angelica also teaches algebra twice a week to other kids. She is definitely an inspiration to others. 

We are proud to honor this individual for her work in the community.
Two New Members Joining Our Club
Mary Cones
Janate Moultrie
Our 2016 Oratorical Winner is moving on to the Next Level
April 9th was a great day for Chandler Bodimer in the Oratorical Contest this last Saturday. He did a great job in his presentation and will be going to the next level. 

Sue Lewis and Harold Der Garabedian (a FOO member) were there at the presentation. Chandler stood out among the participants. We wish him only the best. 
Photo by Harold Der Garabedian
Respect for Law
We were extremely proud to honor two dedicated gentlemen who do outstanding work and contribute to the community through the Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League (PAL). Kim Worthy had the pleasure of presenting the plaques to Joshua Bosse a Coach who was really surprised as it was kept a secret from him and Neil Brickfield, his Supervisor was also surprised too, because he had no idea that we were honoring him too. It was a great evening.
Kim Worthy & Neil Brickfield
Kim Worthy & Joshua Bosse, Coach
ORATORICAL  CONTEST
This year's participants Emma Temarkin and Parvin Sembu did a great job at only 11 years old. Emma went on to be one of the 6 finalist in the District contest. 
Supplies for Our 3 Sponsored Schools 2016
A shopping we did go, a shopping we did go - School starting up it was time to get some supplies for the kids that needed them. Also included in the purchase was two USB 8gb flash drives for each school to give to the teachers.
Chandler Bodimer Wins Oratorical Contest and Scholarship
Chandler did it this time and we are proud of him. This was his last chance to win because of age. He has compete in this for several years and got better each time. This was his year to win and he did it!
Chandler's Family (Mother, Grandmother, Chandler and Father)
Chandler giving speech at our meeting.
Member Nora Bourgeois and little Jeanie visiting Santa Claus at Pet Smart for Christmas. A great way to celebrate for both of them. 
Celebrating Christmas
Celebrating our 94th Anniversary
We were honored to have the Optimist Clubs come out to help us celebrate our 94th Anniversary on Monday, March 26th. Especially since our club is the oldest in the Southeast United States. The room was full, the cake was delicious and the guests were great. What more could we ask for? Nothing could beat it!
The Optimist Clubs Sponsored the Golf Winner
The winner of the District Golf Outing was invited to play in the PGA Tournament in West Palm Beach. This is a special event and one that a young man would be proud to attend and participate in. The event is expensive and we wanted the winner to be able to take part in it. The clubs got together and donated funds for this to take place. Alex played against 75 young players in this tournament and came in 9th. This was quite an accomplishment for him. He stated he needs to work on this chipping. Look out Tiger Woods you have a competitor out there in the wings.
2019 Youth Appreciation Celebrated
We had the privilege of honoring a youth man who is only 13 years old. He has been helping our club over the last 3 to 4 years with the different projects we have put on. He always volunteered to help and never asked for anything. Malaki has a great talent and inventive mind. He likes to make games for others to play. He did that for our Spaghetti Dinner and the other clubs have used it too. Way to go Malaki, keep up volunteering.
Treating Kids at Sallie House for Christmas
The Optimist clubs got together to treat the kids at Sallie House to celebrate Christmas in a special way. All the clubs brought food, games and gifts for the kids and a great time they had. It was a Christmas for them to remember.
Buddy Addressed up for Christmas.
Buddy is a great dog and keeps our member Kathleen Prince company and protects her. He likes celebrating different events and Christmas is one of them. Now that is definitely a special dog.
Halloween Celebration 2020
With the limitations this year Pinellas Park Halloween had to be different this year. We couldn't set up a table and hand out the candy to the kids which we have been doing for more than 32 years. City of Pinellas Park had it set up that parents would drive their vehicle along a route and depending on the number of kids in the vehicle each one would receive a bucket with candy in it.

We asked them if it would be alright to put the candy in a small bag and put our name on it and supply them with the candy. They approved that. 500 labels were created and Sue, Kim, Patty, Kathleen and her daughter Kim and myself met at my house and we did just that. We put 6 mini chocolate bars in the small bags. It took us a couple of hours but we accomplished it. The Monday before Halloween Sue and I delivered the 3 boxes to the City of Pinellas Park and they were thrilled to see all that candy.

Helping Kids and Family with kids to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas during the Coronavirus
Even though our club wasn't able to earn any money this year due to the virus it was our intent to continue to help the kids in the community no matter what during the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas for 20 families each received full meals to celebrate the day and additional items were given to Sallie House for them to help those kids enjoy the holidays with them. Here are some pictures of the items we supplied. We are proud to have been able to do these even without earning any money during this bad time.
Photo Gallery - Years of Serving the Community Kids
Donation of boy shorts to the school.
Hayden was great too, he dressed in his Dark Vader costume and went out to assist in making the kids happy. He stated they loved his costume as they drove the path to get their bucket of candy. Pinellas Park Halloween Candy

Sally House was also taken care of. Kim Worthy was able to assist with the Downtown Club in getting the candy and putting them in bags to supply the kids their Halloween treats. Good job Kim! 
Poster Contest Held in 3 Schools
We held a Poster Contest for the 3 schools on "Take Hugs Not Drugs" and we picked First and 2nd Place Posters from each school.  First Place winners received $15.00 and 2nd Place winners received $10.00. It was nice to see that there are talented students and they can show them. A special showing was held at Gulfport Elementary School.