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Optimists install new officers, directors


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The Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell installed new officers during a Zoom meeting Sept. 29, along with six directors.

President Terri Garvey (Submitted Photo)

The officers for the new fiscal year are: Terri Garvey, president; Gary Smith, vice president; Karen Hamilton, vice president; Pat Burnett, secretary; and Gwen Burke, treasurer.

The directors installed were: Jenna Lanfor, Art Sharp, PJ Marshall-Riese, Cheryl Martinez, Amanda Wheeler and Jim Crowl.

First responders and educators

Vice President Karen Hamilton (Submitted Photo)

As a reminder, Sunrise Optimist Club and Optimist International is still recognizing first responders and teachers for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vice President Gary Smith (Submitted Photo)

In honor of all first responders’ service, the club is offering them 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.

Secretary Pat Burnett (Submitted Photo)

For teachers and educators, the deadline has also been 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.

Invitation for young members

Treasurer Gwen Burke (Submitted Photo)

The Optimist Club would also like to invite those under the age of 30 to take advantage of the deeply discounted offer on yearly dues from now until Dec. 31. The club would like to reach out to young members of the community during these times of COVID-19 to offer them positive experiences and opportunities to give back to the youth of Roswell.

Projects for youth

The Optimist Club works tirelessly to benefit the youth of Roswell with its projects that benefit the local schools. The club also 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, and many others.

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 club also 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.

Meetings resume

The Sunrise Optimist Club has also announced meetings have resumed to twice a month and will be held via Zoom. The meetings will take place the first Wednesday and the third Tuesday of each month.

If you want to know more about the Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell, contact membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420.