Thursday, May 28, 2020

SafeStart Optimist 50-50 Raffle

The Safestart Optimist Club have applied for an extension on its raffle from June 28 to September 27, 2020.  Because of the Covid 19, sales of the 50/50 have been reduced. Health and Safety is our top priority and stopped all sales during  this Pandemic. The extension would allow for a more successful raffle event.  No other changes to fundraising event have been made at this time.In accordance with AGLC we need to advertise this change and advise how a refund can be obtained. If anyone wishes, a refund can be made by contacting us through the website contact page or writing to us c/o 9508-188 Street Edmonton,  AB, T5T 3W9 on or before August 30, 2020.  We thank everyone for continuing support of Safestart Optimist and safety programs for our youth. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Covid 19 Joint Service Statement

Joint Statement from Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International

                 
Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. 
In these times of uncertainty, your local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever.
"The scale and magnitude of this global pandemic requires our world's citizenry to heed the advice and cautions of the experts.  The work and plans of our collective members and volunteers must not cease!   Our immediate response after the crisis will be necessary to support local Governments respond to the many social and economic challenges that will ensue in its aftermath." – Adrian Elcock, Optimist International President, 2019-2020.
“Great challenges test us, but they also bring us together. Lions are finding new ways to safely serve. Our Lions Clubs International Foundation has granted over one million dollars to help communities facing extreme rates of COVID-19, and additional grant requests are being received daily.  Our communities depend on service clubs, and we will be there, supporting and strengthening them just as we always have together.” – Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, Lions Clubs International President, 2019-2020.
“During these difficult times, we’re seeing everyday heroism across the globe. I encourage us all to recognize the health and safety professionals who are putting their own health at risk for the greater good. To the educators, grocery workers, delivery drivers and the countless professionals who can’t stay home, the Kiwanis family thanks you. We all play an important role in keeping our friends and neighbors safe. Please follow the advice of the World Health Organization, your local health agencies and the instructions given by your Government. Please, stay safe.” – Daniel Vigneron, Kiwanis International President, 2019-2020.

“The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. As people of action, this is our time to connect with each other to offer immediate help to people in need.” – Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, 2019-2020.
For further information, please contact:
Rachel Webb – Rachel.webb@optimist.org
Chanele Williams – chanele.williams@rotary.orgShauna Schuda – shauna.schuda@lionsclubs.org
Ben Hendricks –  bhendricks@kiwanis.org.

Next Meeting and Upcoming Events

President Clint has advised us that meetings will hopefully resume in September. The current plan is to have a past presidents meeting and then a board meeting. Past President Bert is currently investigating possible meeting venues for a past presidents meeting and even though COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, buffet restaurants where we normally meet at are not allowed at this time.


Optimists John and Ruby have announced the Club BBQ Will be postponed to later this summer or early fall. Also the first weekend in June is our highway clean-up but like others this will be postponed until the fall

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Member News


Due to COVID-19, all club meetings and bingo events have been cancelled until further notice. Also the Casino for September 23rd & 24th has been cancelled and a new date is not available.



Elections

Spring is when the various Optimist elections are held. For Lt. Governor, the Edmonton Area Clubs held a telephone election. Three candidates were presented by two clubs. Lee Weiszhaar from the St. Albert Optimist Club, Bert Hancock Dwight Phillips from Edmonton Dinner Optimist Club. Congratulations our extended to Lee Weiszhaar. Thank you to both of our Optimists who ran for the office.

Our own club elections details will be announced