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Optimists give back to teachers, first responders during pandemic

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Working the kitchen at the Sunrise Optimist pancake breakfast. (Submitted Photo)

The Sunrise Optimist Club would like to recognize first responders and teachers for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help them during these hard times.

First responders

Membership chairman Roger K. Burnett is pictured left, delivering donuts for the club’s annual Krispie Kreme donut run. (Submitted Photo)

Police officers, firemen, EMTs, and other first responders serve their communities in stressful and potentially traumatic situations every day. As they move from crisis to safety, they demonstrate resilience hour by hour, day by day, and week by week.

In honor of their service, Optimist International invites these special citizens to become members of their local Optimist Club. The club is offering first responders the opportunity to join the Optimist Club — and share their experience with other civic-minded individuals — for a fraction of the normal membership dues. The deadline for joining under these discounted rates has been extended until Dec. 31.

Teacher and educators

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Club members helping out as bell ringers for Salvation Army. (Submitted Photo)

Also extended until Dec. 31, Optimist International is waiving the membership fee for teachers and educators and offering a year’s dues for a minimal fee. This invitation also includes retired and former teachers and educators.

Almost everything the club does is aimed to benefit the youth of Roswell. As you know, the Sunrise Optimist Club also has projects that benefit the schools of Roswell. The club donates to many of the school activities at both high schools, as well as the Boys and Girls Club, Assurance Home, Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, Camp Corral, Camp Intervention, Buddy Walk, Ronald McDonald House, etc.

The club also sponsors and puts on the Sunrise Optimist Poe Corn Basketball Tournament and the Summer Baseball Tournament and has always sponsored and helped with the Science Olympiad by judging, purchasing medals, supplying food and manning the hospitality room.

The Sunrise Optimist Club gives $4,000 in the way of the Sunrise Optimist Vern Stahl Memorial Scholarship to graduating high school students each spring and puts on an essay contest and an oratorical contest where the students can also get some financial assistance for college.

If you would like more information on how to join or simply find out more about the Sunrise Optimist Club, contact membership chairman, Roger K Burnett at 420-9420.