The Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres, Inc
v KEVIN HESLOP
We’re heading to Indy! A group is heading to the International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 8th. We’ll be doing a little fund raising for the club while we’re down there by selling six dozen club shirts. We’ll have a full report for you when we get back.
On May 26th, about a dozen of us took on the London Blizzards Sledge Hockey team at the Western Fair Sports Centre. A good time was had by all! After the game, we presented the Blizzards with a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of our club and North London. Our top fund-raiser was Vice-President Elect Andy Friyia. Andy also blessed us with his version of “O’ Canada”
Before making the cheque presentation. Of special note was the contribution of one of our members. Jim Coleman hasn’t been able to make the last few dinner meetings so, thinking he normally spends about twenty dollars at each meeting; he donated $100 to the cause. Nice touch Jim!
Don Draper worked his usual magic on June 8th when he ran a bike rodeo at Oakridge Mall in conjunction with Safe Kids Week. I’m sure there will be a report elsewhere in The Oakline on that event. Thanks again Don.
Although we don’t traditionally have dinner meetings in the summer, Lisa and I would once again like to play host to a pool party. The date is yet to be set but we’ll give you plenty of notice. Vince Giannantonio has a three trick performance all ready to go – he assures us he’ll use plastic this year.
Have a great summer.
v Scott Fickling – Sledge Goalie
v SIL BRECEVIC
Sil Brecevic has been a member of the club since 1994 when his brother-in-law, Ted Requina, sponsored him. Sil has participated in Optimism by coaching and being a member of the hockey and baseball committees. He has been the Treasurer of baseball for three years and has looked after the hockey players’ photos for two years. He has a total of three years coaching his kids T-ball teams and one year coaching soccer. On top of all of that he has always been a cheerful bingo worker and made many dinner meetings more enjoyable for those around him.
Sil has been married to Candace for 13 years and they have two children, Jeremy is 12 years old and Jenelle is 8 1/2 years old. Jeremy was a member of the Oakridge Alternate Entry hockey team and currently plays competitive baseball on the Oakridge Pee Wee team. Jenelle plays Devilettes hockey and Oakridge soccer.
Sil has worked for 3M for 15 years and is currently a Sales Supervisor. He rose through the ranks from engineering to technical services to sales to marketing and is now back in sales. I guess he finally found something he is good at. The bad news (for us) is that he has been working from the Mississagua office for six months and is in the process of moving his home closer to work. He has sold his home and will be moving in August. The family’s new home will be in Kitchener but it will not be ready until October. I guess a pessimist would say that he can’t keep a steady job and he is soon to be homeless.
When asked to recall a favourite Optimist memory his reply came quickly with “so many”. When pressed he recalled staying after bingo in the clubhouse talking (more likely listening) to Doug McMaster about his accounts of Optimist conventions or old 3M alumni. I know that Sil was Doug’s and Don Draper’s connection for tape for bingo and bike rodeos. I asked if he was making arrangements for a new supplier in his absence. His response was “I’m only a phone call away”.
Although Sil is moving, he is already looking for a club to join in Kitchener. With any luck at all we hope to see Sil and his family back in Oakridge some day. Thanks for all your hard work and companionship Sil, and good luck in your new job and community.
Carling Heights Optimist Club held their 13th annual golf tournament on June 8th. Our club sent 8 representatives to help raise funds for CPRI.
Bruce Pope, Ron Fisher, Randy Brewe and past member Ron Brewe received an award for Best Optimist Team with a score of ‘par’. It sounds like they were the best of a bad lot. Ron Brewe also won the closest to the pin prize for his drive on the second hole.
The other team consisted of Max Davis, Doug MacKay, Pat Moffatt and his friend Darryl. They didn’t win anything. In fact the night was almost over before their names were called to get their prizes. I know that Pat was disappointed because he told me that his driving and his putting were very good all day. Everything else must have been very bad.
As an example of the type of bad luck Pat’s team had, Bruce’s team was called to the prize table a second time – by mistake – before Pat’s team was called up for the first time.
I hope that Randy, Ron and Ron like their prizes. Bruce was the only member of that foursome that was at the dinner so I have a feeling that his prize will be quite nice. I’m sure the rest of the team will like their water bottles.
I should point out that the biggest winners of the day were the kids and families that benefit from the proceeds raised by the Carling Heights Optimists.
The June 8th Bike Rodeo at Oakridge Mall featured the following:
q Funding from Safe Kids Canada ($300), Johnson&Johnson ($506 to purchase helmets for “needy” children and Wal-Mart ($50 gift certificate)
q About 50 children took part. Parents accompanied many.
q 25 volunteers which included members, family and friends of members and 2 Police Bike Patrollers and 2 retired police officers who brought a refurbished Paddy Wagon – a big hit!
q Instruction on the proper way of wearing a helmet
q Inspection and minor repairs to bicycles
q 5 skills courses and a “slow race”
q Draw prizes (Bike equipment) and refreshments (Pop, chips and candy)
We appreciate the fine efforts of the following people who helped make the event a great success:
Ø Registration: Mary Anne Gillespie and Chris O’Quinn
Ø Helmet Instruction and Bike Inspections: Rick Harris, Rick Gillespie, Gary Shawyer, Hugh Newman, Dave Kelday, Dave Fawcett
Ø Course Supervision: Brenda Giannantonio, Joanne Abel, Ross MacDonald, Norm Smith, Jamie Draper, Scott Fickling, Shawn Flick, Heather Gillespie, Pam Chantler, Bill Chantler
Ø Refreshments: Pat Draper
Ø Police Bike Patrollers: Pat Corcoran, Ryan Million
Ø Heritage Vehicle Officers: Bob Merriman and Roger Bumstead
Special thanks to Kevin Heslop for helping with bookings and funding applications, Rick Gillespie for assigning workers and Scott Fickling for transporting tables and chairs.
Norm Smith offers instruction to a young cyclist.
v Steve Cochrane and Dave Kelday really had to do a job on this bike! Heather Gillespie supervises in the background.
July 06 – July 10
Good to see that we have several members and spouses attending the convention this year What may be in store for them, is summed up in the OI promotional “blurb”
“Your paid convention registration entitles you to many unbeatable events. You’ll get fund raising and program ideas in the House of Optimism, celebrate Optimism at the Opening Ceremonies, and vote on issues crucial to the organization’s future. You’ll relax to a star-filled performance during the Evening of Entertainment, gain invaluable knowledge attending Back-to-School Workshops and officer training sessions, and dance the night away at the President’s ball.”
Schedule of Events is
Ø Saturday, July 6
Ø Sunday, July 7
Registration, House of Optimism, (Expo)
Governors Conference, First Timers' Welcome,
Youth Activities, Opening Ceremony
Ø Monday, July 8
Registration, House of Optimism, (Expo),
Youth Tour, First Business Session,
Conference, Evening of Entertainment
Ø Tuesday, July 9
Registration, Officers-elect Breakfast
Educational Workshops,Youth Tour
Governors Conference, Appreciation Luncheon, Second Business Session
Ø Wednesday, July 10
Old Timers' Breakfast, Closing Business Session, Governors-elect Conference,
Educational Workshops, Youth Activities,
President's Banquet & Ball
Optimist member sons and daughters qualify for the Optimist Youth in Education Scholarship as well as our club’s scholarships at Oakridge and St. Thomas Aquinas.
If you have an outstanding child that has the qualities outlined in the scholarship overview you should call your school's Guidance Counselors to make sure that your child gets considered by the school's selection committee.
Want to Be Happier? Just Do This:
By Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor Be optimistic. People who are optimistic tend to develop better coping skills and a more supportive social network than those whose outlook is more pessimistic and these both serve to shelter them from stress and depression, reports Reuters of a study done at Rutgers University. "The role that our personality plays in generating responses from others can go a long ways towards our own mental well-being," lead author Dr. Ian Brissette, an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers, told Reuters. It's long been known that people who have a positive outlook about their future also tend to have better mental health when compared to those with a darker outlook. Why? Optimists are more likely to develop strong ties with other person, which helps us to better handle stress.
You don't have to be a born optimist. You can learn this behavior. Find out more in the book "Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind & Your Life" by Martin E. Seligman.
"Because optimistic people may be more skilled interpersonally and are better to be around, they may develop these social networks more easily," Brissette noted. The Rutgers study involved 89 undergraduate students who were assessed at the beginning and end of the semester. The students self reported their level of optimism and perceived levels of stress and depressed moods. The optimists more friends and maintained a superior state of mental health throughout the semester when compared with those who were more pessimistic. Reuters notes that Brissette credits this with strong friendships and superior coping skills.
Optimists are more successful AND live longer. WebMD offers advice for the optimist and the pessimist!
Submitted by Don McLeod
Chair Optimist YIEP
Rookie Ball – What happens when the Pitching Machine Breaks?
Rookie Ball has great potential as an intermediate step between T-Ball and regular baseball. Selling points have to do with developing confidence, safety and appropriate competition. The website for “All Canadian Sport” indicates: “because the players learn to hit a consistently pitched ball, there is a faster paced, exciting game in the field”.
Rookie Ball relies on a well functioning pitching machine to throw strikes to pint-sized batters. They get 5 pitches to hit the ball and the game moves along at a fast pace (Maybe MLB should look at it – might see a decrease in rosters and maybe ticket prices! )
However! What does happen when the machine goes kaput? Apparently that has happened occasionally in the Oakridge Optimist Rookie Ball program.
Vice President – Youth, Steve Cochrane described this situation to the Board of Directors on June 20th. He said, quite bluntly, some parents are getting “ticked off”
Directors approved the purchase of a new pitching machine (About $2000) to be available as a backup.
Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres Board of Directors 2001/2002
President - Kevin Heslop (472-2627)
V.P. (Youth) - Steve Cochrane (657-8865)
V.P. (Ways & Means) Craig Rath 673-6403)
Sec.- treasurer - Doug Mackay (473-5885)
Past President - Jim Easton (641-0798)
Director (1 yr.) - Michael Hoy (471-2712)
Director (1 yr.) - Fred Fickling (472-1062)
Director (1 yr.) - Vince Giannantonio (672-6038)
Director (2 yr.) - Bill Chantler (641-6483)
Director (2 yr.) -Andy Friyia -474-3877
Director (2 yr.) - Pat Moffatt - (657-1147)
The Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres, Inc. is a member of Zone 9 in the Midwestern Ontario District.
NOTICE ABOUT MEETINGS v
The Anniversary Celebration with our founding
club – Byron, has been postponed to a date, to be announced, in September. Fish Farm prices were higher than
anticipated and dates to use Fanshawe Park were not suitable to our needs. v Tentative
date for next dinner meeting is June 26th at Thames Valley. Call
Captains will confirm
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT MEETINGS
v The Anniversary Celebration with our founding club – Byron, has been postponed to a date, to be announced, in September. Fish Farm prices were higher than anticipated and dates to use Fanshawe Park were not suitable to our needs.
v Tentative date for next dinner meeting is June 26th at Thames Valley. Call Captains will confirm
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble
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