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Purse Snatching for JOOI

We will be having a “Purse Snatching” for JOOI at Columbus.

For those of you not familiar with the concept.  It works like this: Ladies from the district have donated purses to be set up and bid on at the conference. The purses will be placed on a table in the House of Optimism along with a bid sheet. You bid on the purse or purses you are interested in and on Sunday morning at breakfast we will announce the winners. It’s a great way to get a new purse and help out our JOOI clubs as well.

Purse Pins

Purse Pins are sold as a fund raiser for the Women’s Philanthropy council as we help Optimist help kids. The council was formed to support the work of the Optimist International Foundation. Members reach out to women as donors and help shape their philanthropy. It is not surprising that women bring a different perspective to their giving than men do. Research shows that women tend to give where they believe they make a difference with their gift—regardless of the amount of the gift.

What We Do:

  • Fund two Club Grants annually for the Optimist International Foundation.
  • Fund a girl’s oratorical scholarship in an Optimist District.
  • Present a workshop related to women and giving at the Optimist International Convention.
  • Main contacts with women who have an affinity for Optimist and its programs.
  • Be available to discuss women’s giving concerns on a District, Zone, or Club level.
  • Provide funds to Optimist International Foundation, which help support every international Program of OI.
We should have a “Purse of a Good Kind” in Columbus!!
Rose Kohler

Taylor L. Sexton Awarded Sanders Optimist Scholarship

News Release – Athens, Georgia – January 29, 2013

The first Howard Sanders Optimist Scholarship has been awarded by Piedmont College to Taylor L. Sexton, a sophomore music major from Danielsville, GA. The scholarship was established by the Athens Evening Optimist Club to honor the memory of Howard A. Sanders, respected Athens businessman and loyal Optimist, by aiding deserving students in their effort to obtain a college degree.

Howard Sanders opened his men’s clothing store at 228 E. Clayton St. in 1948 and operated it until 1986, when he sold the business to an employee and retired. He died in January, 1991. As a devoted member of the Evening Optimist Club of Athens, he contributed to the success of programs for the youth of the community for more than 40 years. The perpetual scholarship was established in his memory to continue helping young people improve their lives, become successful and responsible citizens, and prepare for lives of service through educational programs at Piedmont College.