Optimist Club 2015-16, week of April 11, 2016

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Greetings Optimists,

How is everyone doing today? It’s been nice to have sunshine most to the day. Puts me in an “Optimist” mood.

Thanks to club member Jim McLernon for donating $100 to the club. Jim presented the check to us at the general member meeting last week, April 5.

No general member meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12.  Instead the Exec Board will meet at 12 Noon in UC 268.

We had some great discussions at our April 5th meeting. It looks like we WILL organize the event again this year. The date will be Saturday, May 21.

A Call for 2016-17 Club Officers. It’s time to begin planning for the slate of officers for 2016-17. I have received word from two club members they would be willing/able to be on the board as an officer or general board member next year, depending upon what time of day the monthly board meetings are held. I also want to let everyone know that I WILL continue on the board as past-president and will be more than willing to assist with weekly emails, web site updates and Facebook postings.  So…what would YOU like to do next year to contribute? Perhaps one that you’ve not held  in the past? Please begin volunteering to be an officer for 2016-17. “Many hands make light work.”

With the plan to move forward with the City-wide Rummage sale, I’ve been looking into ways to better manage the sign-ups and payments. What I’ve done on behalf of the club is:

  1. Created a Club email account with Google. The address is optimist.club@gmail.com.
  2. With the creation of the Gmail account, the club now has a 15 Gb file storage space that can be used for file and picture storage.
  3. Going forward we could use the Gmail account to move our web site from the University to Google’s free web site hosting, thus making it easier for future officers to access the web site and update content.
  4. I created a Pay-Pal account to accept Rummage Sale sign-up payments. I think we’ll be able to also use the Pay-Pal account for dues payment and Trivia Night team payments in the future.
  5. I’m planning on creating an online Google form to allow people to sign up for the Rummage Sale event. The form will put their info into a Google spreadsheet. The form will also include a button that will take the person to the appropriate Pay-Pal page to pay the $10 to the club.

Any further ideas from club members about using Google, Pay-Pal, etc. in the future?

Dates for upcoming club meetings and events include:

  • Tuesday, April 12, Executive Board meeting, 12 Noon.
  • Tuesday, April 19, Regular club meeting, 12 Noon, University Center 259A. Youth of the Month presentation. Tentative speaker will be Jeremy Reed, Director of UW-W Admission Office.
  • Tuesday, April 26, Regular club evening meeting, 5pm, Jessica’s Restaurant. Speaker needed.
  • Tuesday, May 3, Regular club meeting. Speaker needed.
  • Tuesday, May 10, Executive Board meeting, 12 Noon.
  • Tuesday, May 17, Regular club meeting. Youth of Month presentation. Speaker needed.
  • Saturday, May 21, City-wide rummage sale.
  • Tuesday, May 24, Regular club evening meeting, 5pm, Jessica’s Restaurant. Speaker needed.
  • Tuesday, May 31 (5th Tuesday of the month). Fellowship Meeting? Other type of meeting? When/where?
  • Saturday, June 4, Fishing Derby??
  • Friday-Monday, July 1-4, 2016, Gyro Stand at Whitewater 4th of July Celebration.
  • Wednesday, July 6, Jefferson County Fair ticket selling/taking.

That’s all for tonight.

Share the Optimism,

Dave Halbach

UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club

920-650-6089 or 262-472-5749