April 12, 2011

Fellowship in Sacramento

Take a look at the banner in the middle of this picture. It proudly announces that the Optimist Club of Sacramento, Inc. has been serving the Sacramento, California community for 75 years. Congratulations!

I was recently sent a copy of the Sacramento Optimist Club bulletin, and like many bulletins, it displayed pictures of the club members doing what club members do best - enjoying fellowship.

There was talk of good natured fines being meted out; like the one levied on President Gene Winther for forgetting to appoint a secret greeter. It's all in fun and the money raised goes to a good cause: the Optimist Club.

There were reports from different committees:
The Program Chair asked for suggestions and assistance from other members to secure guest speakers;
The Membership Chair reminded the group about the membership drive and encouraged everyone to bring a guest to lunch; 
The Golf Chair reported that sponsors had stepped up including a dinner sponsor and hole-in-one sponsor for a new car. 

Like every Optimist Club in the US that I am familiar with, the Sacramento Optimist Club also began their meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe this act of respect sets a tone for members' conduct and relationships. 

To reach 75 years, a club or any group of people, have to share more than service and friendship; they also have to share fellowship. Fellowship is a relationship that is built on friendship, professional respect and the strong desire to work together to make a difference through service.

I see all of that and more in the Optimist Club of Sacramento and am honored to share their story today. If you live in Sacramento, please stop by Lucca's Restaurant, 1615 J Street. Meetings are held on Thursdays, 12:15, and visitors, guests, and potential members are always welcome.

Thank you to bulletin editor Flavio Soria for the inspiration and pictures for this post. 
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