“I joined the Optimist Club to be able to provide a positive influence on theÂ children in our community. The two clubs I have been a member of since 1996Â have done just that and touched thousands of kids in the area. Not only areÂ the kids being impacted, their parents and other adults in the community areÂ also being influenced by the way we, as Optimists, comport ourselves whenÂ doing service projects and fundraising activities. I think those mostÂ impacted, however, are the club members. The reciting of the Optimist CreedÂ at the end of each meeting reminds us how to live our lives and to be aÂ positive member of the community as a whole. Joining the Optimist Club wasÂ one of the best ‘life’ decisions I have ever made.” Â â€“Â Bob Long,Â helped start theÂ Laurel Canyon Optimist ClubÂ in 2008.
“I was invited and went to the first meeting of the Laurel Canyon OptimistÂ Club. I was not yet retired, but close, and wanted to do some things I hadÂ not been able to do while I was working. At the first meeting I met DaveÂ Gibbs, long time Optimist, and Bob Long, longer time Optimist. BothÂ explained about the international club, goals to help the youth of the localÂ community, and the creed. Everything seemed right up my alley. I hadÂ served as a parent volunteer in the Rockdale, Georgia county schools for 17 yearsÂ and here was something to be involved in with the youth of Cherokee County.Â I have served faithfully for 4 years now. Through the club I became a CASA,Â Court Appointed Special Advocate, for Cherokee Countyand have worked on theÂ many projects of our club. For me there has been no greater fit. I believeÂ in the club. I think the creed is right on. I cannot think of a better wayÂ to give back to the community than through the youth. They are the nextÂ leaders of the community!” â€“Â Frank Cleveland, President,Â Laurel Canyon Optimist Club.
“My interests are, and have remained such for more than half my life, theÂ welfare, development and well-being of young people. Optimist InternationalÂ fulfills that in spades.” Â â€“Â John Zavitz
“I worked with children for 35 years in the teaching field. When I retired, IÂ decided to join an organization that helps children, and the Optimist ClubÂ was perfect. I visited Ralph Bunche school and volunteered to read to aÂ class of children. When I saw all the wonderful things the Optimist ClubÂ does for that school, it was very heart-warming. I am glad I am a member ofÂ such a valuable organization.” â€“ Gerri Radell
“To whom much is given, much is expected”, When we retired last year andÂ move to Soleil, we made a promise that we now had the time and theÂ opportunity to give back for all of the great opportunities and gifts weÂ have enjoyed during our 40+ years of marriage. We were blessed to liveÂ comfortably and provide for our son as he was growing up; and we now haveÂ the additional joy of sharing our gifts with our two beautifulÂ grandchildren.
We are aware of the fact that there are many children who have not had theÂ opportunity to have a loving and stable home which could provide all theÂ necessities of life. We decided we wanted to see what we could do to make aÂ difference.
By working with and being a part of Laurel Canyon Optimist Club we are ableÂ to raise money for the children of Cherokee County and, whenever possible,Â through programs like Must Ministries, Christmas Joy, Shop with a Cop,Â school supplies, and college scholarships help shape their lives in aÂ positive way and along the way bring a smile to their face and joy in theirÂ hearts. This is why we became “Optimists“! Â â€“Â Rosemary and Terry Zameroski
“We joined theÂ Laurel Canyon Optimist ClubÂ because we wanted to give back toÂ our new community by helping its children. In the almost four years that we have been members, we have been involved in a number of projects that directly or indirectly lead to the betterment ofÂ CherokeeÂ youth. Through speakers at meetings, interactions with fellow members, fundraising events and hands-on activities with children, theÂ Optimist ClubÂ has proved to be a very special, satisfying affiliation.” â€“Â DaveÂ andÂ Helen Ford
“Optimists gives me an avenue to once again help young people get a headÂ start.” â€“Â Jim Walz,Â President Elect
Alice Kuzniak, Amanda Langley,Â Lt. Gov. for the Atlanta Metro Area, AmberÂ Maynard, the new Lt. Gov. for Atlanta Metro Area, Elizabeth Dreisbach, theÂ new Governor for the GA District,Â a potential new member, and Camilla Callis.
Laurel Canyon Optimist Club meeting, above and below, with Jeri Leedy, above,Â speaking about our upcoming Wine Tasting.