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Cerritos Optimist Mouthpiece

November 2010

Jamie’s Optimist Notepad November: Please plan to attend the November 18th meeting to hear our District representative for Personal Growth Involvement (PGI), Marie Durflinger on how to personally get what you want from the Optimist experience. Our event for November is the “Wine Tasting” fundraiser, chaired/hosted by Diana Needham, taking place at the Gary King Winery (see attached). Everyone who attended last year had a great evening and an opportunity to stock up on delicious wines for the coming holiday season! Currently James Kang is busy setting up the “Essay“ contest, and, as Bob Cameron is at home recuperating, please let James know if you can lend a hand. Best wishes to Bob and to Ron Blyleven for a speedy recovery. Maynard, it was great to see you up and feeling better already! December: The “Needy Families” program is already under way for the December distribution. Food and gifts gathered will be sorted at and distributed from the former Hollywood Video store, located on the northwest corner of Artesia Boulevard and Bloomfield Avenue in Cerritos, by Optimists, Soroptimists and Octagon Club members. Please do your part by volunteering for at least one of the activities! The Christmas party on December 16th at the Cerritos Library will be hosted again this year by Ellen Latino. Ellen informed me that she has already been in touch with Santa and he told her that he will be putting in an appearance at the party! The “Lights on the Boats” parade hosted by yours truly will be on Sunday, December 19th. Dues Increase: Last year Optimist International (OI) increased club dues to sustain its viability. Our club now pays over $6000 to OI and the Pacific Southeast District, which is a 28% increase in total dues paid two years ago. At the same time, the cost of all the meals we provide, breakfast, dinners, and special program events, have also increased. This year the club had to move $3000 out of the Special Programs account to cover the costs of club operations. This means that we have less money to donate to the many organizations in our community we have supported in the past. The proposed $10.00 quarterly increase in dues will allow the club to function within a budget that sustains our operation and continues to provide community support. The increase will be voted on at the December 4th meeting. Get Involved: As you may have noticed, I have included a “Member Interest Finder” on the back of our agendas (see attached). This is a interest survey and will assist us in asking the right members when we need assistance or advice. Last month I called on our long time members to closely mentor newer members of our club so that they can decide which parts of Optimist International they want to experience. I believe that the sooner we can assist our new members to be a part of the fabric of our club and Optimist International, the more our club will fulfill their expectations. Once again, I encourage you to send any new/old program ideas you may have to me at jh19132@gmail.com . We are planning to Sponsor the new Science Olympics this year and need to find ways to fund the proposed $2100 which far surpasses the $750.00 that we have budgeted for schools this year. Have a great month and keep in touch!!!


Cerritos Op mist

Wine Tas ng

For: Su Casa-Ending Domes c Violence Saturday, November 20, 2010, 6-9 Gary King Winery 3379 Cerritos Ave, Los Alamitos Tickets: $25 each or 2 for $40 Diana Needham, Event Chair (562) 926-4882

Meeting Schedule November 4 November 11 November 18 November 25

Off Street Off Street Ebie’s Dark

Su Casa/Vicki Doolittle Gary McHatton/Scott Devens Marie Durflinger OI (PGI)

Mark Your Calendar November 15 November 20 December 16 December 19 December 30

Ladies Progressive Dinner (Call Sharon Sagert 926-6839) Wine Tasting Christmas Party Lights on the Boat Parade Dark


Member Interest Finder Me Greater Satisfaction and benefit come from participation in club activities through committee membership. Assignments will be based upon your interest and committee openings. Indicate your degree of interest: H = high M = moderate L = low O = none

 Community Service: Determines, plans and supervises community serving projects. A special committee conducts each project.  Fellowship: Stimulates attendance, greets members and guests, arranges for meeting facilities and menus, plans social functions. Promotes fellowship beyond club and community.  Finance: Plans and supervises the budget. Researches and recommends fund raising projects.  Membership: Plans and executes a year-round program for acquiring new members. Maintains a strong program of education and involvement for new members.  New Club Building: Conducts all activities involved in sponsoring a new Optimist club.  Program: Develops and executes plans to provide interesting programs for club meetings.  Publicity: Creates a news program that will build favorable community response. Edits and publishes club bulletins. Compile club scrapbook.  Youth Activities: Determines, plans and supervises youth serving projects. A special committee conducts each project.  Conventions  Social functions  Club bulletin  Fund raising  Scrapbook ABOUT YOU Hobbies________________________________________________ What is your experience in community betterment, church work, sports and youth serving activities that could help our club?______________________________________________________________________ What projects or programs would you like the club to consider?______________________________________________ Name ________________________________________Date______________



November Mouthpiece