February 8, 2014

90 years and counting

When I've been absent from my blog for any period of time, I always reenter with a bit of apprehension for I feel that I should write about something terribly poignant. Perhaps I should describe what has been consuming my days so thoroughly that I haven't had time to write. Or perhaps I should describe what I've learned in my ten days of silence.

Either might make for a diary of cathartic confessions for me; however, I doubt that the topics would, at least at this point, provide entertaining or educational value to my readers.

Instead, let me highlight something that I found to be more interesting today:

The Optimist Club of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

That's a long time to be serving one's community with community service projects that bring positive thoughts and change to light. Some of its signature events involve community volunteers while the Optimist Club serves as the coordinator. Specifically, the Back 2 School Basics program began in 1996 and individuals have supported the project with donations every year since.

In a return of support, the Optimist Club partners with others to present the Children's Literacy Project and the Making Spirits Bright Christmas light project. Club members also make up a Relay for Life team and serve as Salvation Army bell ringers.

To remain relevant in a community for 90 years indicates the flexible and engaged membership. They are connected to their community in a way that lets them fill needs that come to light. More important, they are able to adapt and change to meet the demands of a growing and changing community. We wish the Sheboygan Optimist Club 90 more years of service.


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