Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 Youth Appreciation

March 7th 2017 - Youth Appreciation sponsored by the Albany Optimists Club. This is one event that we all look forward to each year to honor some of the most outstanding students in the Albany, Oregon area. These students are chosen by the teachers of each of the schools represented. These are ordered by the presentations as follows:

Calapooia Middle School,
Memorial Middle School,
North Albany Middle School,
Timber Ridge Middle School,
Santiam Christian High School,
South Albany High School,
West Albany High School

The evening began with an welcome by Dr. Greg Hamann, President of Linn Benton Community College followed by dessert. 
Dr. Gregg Hamann

The presentations followed a brief talk by our Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Riley (fellow Albany Optimists).
Bruce Riley
The awards were presented in the above school order. 
Calapooia Middle School: Meagan Montes, Nicole Spriggs and Ella Galvan.
Calapooia Middle School

Memorial Middle School: Eric Burger, Meagan Dorn, Lauren Rose.
Memorial Middle School

North Albany Middle School: Andrew Liles, Meagan Adamec, Grant Moen.
North Albany Middle School

Timber Ridge Middle School: Grant Lawson, Emma Houdek, Jadah Schmidtke.
Timber Ridge Middle School

Santiam Christian High School: Steven Kontra, Sophia Betts, Haven Bain.
Santiam Christian High School

South Albany High School: Bryce Burton, Zack Gardner, Arianna Gonzalez-Cas
South Albany High School

West Albany High School: Audrey Creager, Sarah Potter, Emily Harding. Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict the students from West were unable to attend this years awards. 

As you can see by some of the other pictures, not everyone was able to make it, but I believe a good time was had by those that did attend. Thank you students, parents, teachers, other attendees, and all those that came out to support these honorees. We'd also like to thank our co-sponsor, Admission & Registration Dept LBCC, and Tom's Garden Center for the flowers.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tuesday March 7th Albany Boys and Girls Club Presentation

 John Anderson gave us a presentation on the Albany Boys and Girls Club, which serves boys and girls from 1st through 12th grade. On the average the club has 750 kids passing through its doors each day and they serve about 350 meals each day as well. The club offers many opportunities for kids to participate in a number of activities, including athletics, leadership training and many other that you'll find more information on at - Thanks John for all that you and your staff provide to these kids and our community.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Essay Contest Winners, less one...
Each year the Optimist Club sponsors an essay writing contest for High School aged kids, and present the winners with a plaque and a check. First place award was $150, Second place $100 and Third place was $50.  Essay Contest Winners were, Karys Hobson, Jennifer Hayden and Riley Lamont.  No one suggested they bring their essays, so we didn’t get to hear them.

We were also honoring the team, Hunter Hampl, Carlie Miller and Mya Brewer, that sold 50/50 raffle tickets at the Veterans Day Breakfast to help raise money for kids.
Brave ones.

February 21, 2017 Sheriff Bruce Riley (Optimist Check Presentation)

February 21, 2017 Sheriff Bruce Riley (Optimist Check Presentation) Sheriff Riley, who is also a member of the Albany Optimist Club came to talk about the work the Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Department has done in the past year. These guys and gals that volunteer for Search and Rescue, sponsored by the Sheriff's Department, are the real hero's and the Sheriff said as much. A check was presented to the Sheriff from the Albany Optimist Club for the support of the Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue. We hope people recognize that the Search and Rescue Department is staffed by volunteer's and has done some incredible work. For more information go to

Monday, March 6, 2017

Don Lyon (Story Telller Extordinare)

February 14, 2017 Don Lyon (Story Teller Extraordinaire) and a friend of Charlie Stoakes presented his travels in the Middle East. Don thought that when he graduated from college that he would go to work for the US Government, but instead founded his own company, providing guided trips to the Middle East. Don presented a slide show and commentary of his many trips and of the people he met, and how welcome he always felt. Looking at the people, of which the majority are Muslim, presented an entirely different perspective of Islam.

February 7, 2017 Eileen Schmidt (Margaret Beilke's Daughter)

February 7, 2017 Eileen Schmidt (Margaret Beilke's Daughter) talked on her travels to the far East, specifically Vietnam, where her company represents American Companies manufacturing over seas. Eileen presented pictures of her travels over many years, which showed the contrast of how much change has taken place over the past 20+ years of doing manufacturing business in South East Asia. She talked about the people, the culture, and the factories making various goods there for the American market.

January 31, 2017 Dr Greg Hamann (President of Linn Benton Community College)

January 31, 2017 Dr Greg Hamann (President of Linn Benton Community College) talked about the latest innovations at the College, including the new "Pipeline" program, which supports "Vocational" training for Jr. High and High School students. This is a program supported by local companies who need more employees with additional education. For more information go to Hamann