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Spouse/Guest Tour at Chateau Elan

Northeast Georgia History Center 

Spouse/Guest Tour Saturday, October 29, 2016

At the First Quarter Conference “First Sister” Sara Bannister will host a Spouse/Guest tour at the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Participants will enjoy a self-guided tour exploring the stories of the many people who have called Northeast Georgia home. Exhibits and videos will introduce them to the early Paleo-Indians, the Cherokees, the devastating tornado of 1936 and the many other events that made the Northeast Georgia Region and Gainesville the thriving area it is today. Participants will also have a chance to browse the Center’s gift shop, stroll the gardens and historic buildings located on the Center’s grounds.

houndstooth-grillFollowing the tour, a luncheon will be held at “Houndstooth Grill” restaurant in Braselton. The tour will return to the hotel at approximately 2:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on October 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bannister at or 770.287.5620.

The group will meet in the hotel lobby at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 9:45 a.m.

Participants will return back to the hotel at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Make your reservations today! Be sure to indicate “Spouse/Guest Tour” on your registration.

Forsyth-Cumming Club Defeat Cancer Campaign

The Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club is helping to support young cancer patients along with IHOP on Market Place Blvd and the Justin Adams Farmer’s Ins. Agency in Cumming.

Through the Month of April, starting April 2nd a Defeat Cancer Campaign is going to be held at IHOP located at 920 Market Place Blvd in Cumming.  The Forsyth-Cumming Optimists and IHOP are inviting all our friends in Forsyth County and adjoining areas to go to IHOP make a $1 pledge or more and sign a pledge card that will be displayed in the restaurant to show that you are in the fight to Defeat Childhood Cancer.

Cancer is the number one disease killing children today, taking more lives than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.  Each year about 10,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer in North America alone, 3,000 of who will die as a result.  Optimist International established the Childhood Cancer Campaign in the hopes of bringing greater service to affected families, help to fund research and supporting projects at the local community level.

The Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club has been supporting young cancer patients and their families in the community for 10 years through local service projects and the Optimist International Childhood Cancer Campaign since 2005.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with more than 70,000 adult and youth members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and throughout the world.  The organization’s Childhood Cancer Campaign became one of its main focuses in 2001 partnering with Johns Hopkins University to move forward research for the disease.  Carrying out the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, Community and Ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year.  Your Forsyth-Cumming Club is a Partner in Education with the Forsyth County Schools, co-sponsors the largest Oratory Contest in the United States with the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club, co-sponsors a yearly Track and Field Event for elementary age children with the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department, has an Honor Student of the Month program, donates funds to various organization for youth led projects, provides thousands of dollars in college scholarships raised by our Avenue of Flags fund raiser campaign and sponsors a Rising Star Award for students rising to middle school and high school.  To learn more about the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club please visit our site

Call for Hall of Fame Nominations

The GATEway District Hall of Fame Selection Committee is seeking nominations for candidates for induction into the GATEway District Hall of Fame for the 2015-2016 Optimist year. To qualify for nomination the nominee must have at least ten years of service as an Optimist and be a member in good standing of an Optimist Club or Clubs in the GATEway District; have held the office of District Governor or Lieutenant Governor and obtained the status of either Distinguished Club President or Distinguished Lieutenant Governor; served on one or more committees as its chair; and demonstrates the personal demeanor that is in keeping with the philosophy and goals of Optimist International and the GATEway District.

Being named to the District Hall of Fame is a huge honor for the recipient. As noted in the Hall of Fame Rules, this recognition “is established as a reward for good and effective leadership and to recognize those Optimists who have served the District with honor and distinction.”

Visit the page on our website for access to the complete list of guidelines and the nomination form here. You will also see the members of the Hall of Fame.

Send nomination forms/letters to Past Governor Russ Thomas at 2830 Stratfield Court, Cumming, GA 30041 or by email at The deadline for nominations is January 25, 2016.