September 20, 2014

Be a building block for your community: Join an Optimist Club

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I woke up to a beautiful fall morning. My day is planned; I'm working with the Middleton Area Optimist Club at the community's Harvest Festival.

I agree that September seems a little earlier than normal for this event. Most harvest festivals take place in October, or am I confusing that with an Oktoberfest?

No matter. The Middleton Area Optimist Club will host three activities today:

  • Pumpkin Races
  • Chalk Art Demonstration
  • Ping Pong Ball Drop
All are designed to engage children and their families in activities. That's something that I really like about this club. It strives to involve the family.

Many Optimist Clubs will host activities that recognize or involve children and that is a remarkable goal. Allowing kids to be kids with the watchful eye and caring hand of an adult is rewarding and for many children without involved parents, an Optimist Club program can be a blessing. It is so important that it is there. 

However, an Optimist Club doesn't try to replace a child's family. Instead, it strives to enhance it. The members of the Middleton Area Optimist Club have discovered that if they put on programs that they want to attend, others will want to attend them too. They come up with ideas that keep them in town, in their local surroundings. They create community.

This model is inclusive, as everyone wants to participate - spouses, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles and extended family and friends. 

The Middleton Area Optimist Club is a community builder and that energizes me, a single lady, to be involved. I encourage everyone to become a building block for their community by joining and working with an Optimist Club. 

Find an Optimist Club here  or let me know if I can help you get a new Optimist Club in your community by sending me an email message here.

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