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 https://www.linnsheriff.org/

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 https://www.linnbenton.edu/faculty-and-staff/administrative-information/president-s-officeGregory Hamann

January 24, 2017 Becky Lippman Climate Change Project

January 24, 2017 Becky Lippman (Teacher and Optimist member) did a presentation for our group on Climate Change, which was based on Al Gore's "The Climate Reality Project". Very informative. For further information check The Climate Reality Project at - https://www.climaterealityproject.org

Saturday, March 4, 2017

January 10, 2017 Albany Carousel Project

Left to Right Jenifer and Wendy
January 10, 2017 Albany Carousel Project - Wendy Kirbey (Founder and organizer of the Carousel Project in Albany, Oregon) and Operations Director Jenifer Weimaster gave us a great presentation on the history and progress of the Carousel Project. For more information go to - http://albanycarousel.com/about-us/

or go to the Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyHistoricCarousel/
Wendy Kirbey