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9/11 Community Coffee

We had a great time at the Aloha Community Library on the evening of 9/11.  We had around 15 with some of our members and others from the community.  President Wally asked for folks to share a memorable volunteer experience.  We found out we have a wealth of volunteers in our community.  Aaron Esparza, from Genesis Mediation, won the door prize…a copy of Wally’s book: Sent to Serve…The Chaplains of 9/11.  Stay tuned for our next Community Coffee.

One of our newest member, Lt. Chad Martin, shares with the crowd.

One of our newest member, Lt. Chad Martin, shares with the crowd.


Jack Franklin talking about the Optimist Creed.


Eric Squires, Marv Doty, and Donna Yount.

Club Auction a Success!

Here is the newsletter from this morning’s breakfast-auction.  Thanks to all who participated:

Beaverton Optimist Club Breakfast Newsletter May 29, 2014
Tomorrow at 11:30 at the THPRD Service Center off of Allen, please join for Dave Chrisman’s retirement party from THPRD.
Board Meeting this coming Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:30pm at the PAL Club.
Next week’s speaker will be an 8th grader who has hemophilia.  She contacted Wally to see if she could come to speak to us as part of a school project.  She has hemophilia and wants to talk to us about the Hemophilia Foundation.
Marv D. thanked everyone for coming out for the Memorial Day Event this past Monday. He said there was roughly 1,500 people in attendance.  He thanked Wally for the chaplaincy.
On June 12th our Dean Mitchell Scholarship winner will be with us and last year’s Dean Mitchell Scholarship winner will be there as well, Ashley Eddy.
There is a re-dedication of Roy Dancer Park this coming Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 1-3pm.  For the new members, Roy Dancer was a member of the Beaverton Optimist Club for a long time; he sadly passed away several years ago. I got the privilege of meeting Roy when I joined the club in 2006.
Eric S. passed around photos he took at the Memorial Day Celebration on Monday. Thank you Eric!
If you have some spare time on Saturday Doug Hoy and the Aloha Library will be moving the book shelves from the blockbuster location to across the street at a storage unit behind the school.  Wally, Alan and Eric S. all plan to be there.  If you are interested in helping show up at 9am.  Thanks to those that can help.
Sorry Alan I missed this day in history, my breakfast showed up and I forgot to pay attention.
This week’s raffle winner was Scott.
On a sad note Marv T. shared that Scott lost a very good friend of his last week. She developed a blood clot that traveled to her lung and she passed away, leaving behind a young daughter and a husband. Marv said that it’s a tight group of friends and that they have all come together to help each other out in dealing with such a tragic loss. The gal was only in her mid-30’s. We are sorry Scott for your loss.
Last week’s raffle winner was Jack he donated his winnings to Dean Mitchell.
Our Auction today netted $ 100, and funds from donations in the club brought the total that will be donated to the OI Foundation to $ 131.
See you all next week.
Susan Nordstrom

Club Secretary

Murray Road Cleanup

The weather was threatening but that didn’t keep away a fine group of Optimists from cleaning up Murray Blvd. this morning.  We were joined by two of our newest members, Rich and Dave.  Dave even convinced his son to come and help!  As it turned out, it didn’t rain at all and we were done in no time, although Alan seemed to lose a few of our members along the way.  He eventually found them after they hid under the bridge!

Thanks to all who came to help.  For those who were SUPPOSED to help, you missed some fine donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, and fellowship.  (Scroll down for more photos.)
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American Legion Presentation

We had a great showing by the American Legion Post 124.  In attendance were Bob Gelhar, Financial Officer; Bernie Meuwissen,1st Vice Commander; Louis Haga, Boys State; and Commander Marv Doty.

Louis shared about the Legion’s participation in Boys State, where high schoolers attend to run for political office for a week at the “Boys State.”  They learn a lot about government in the process.  Our own Dick Schouten, Washington County Commissioner, has served as a judge in the past.

At the conclusion, President Wally Johnston presented a check to the post to help sponsor young people who attend Boys State.


Commander Doty addresses the club.

Commander Doty addresses the club.

Louis explains the Boys State program.

Louis explains the Boys State program.

Commander Marv Doty expresses appreciation the the Beaverton Optimist Club.

Commander Marv Doty expresses appreciation the the Beaverton Optimist Club.


Hula Breakfast :)

Lisa Chang from Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a, had a great presentation at today’s breakfast.  She talked about the history of and different types island dance from Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Go here to read more about her school.  Check out the photos below:

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A “Dusty” wood artist shares at the breakfast.

Dusty Taylor discusses his artwork with wood.

Dusty Taylor discusses his artwork with wood.

We had a great turnout this morning to hear from Dusty Taylor, a local intarsia wood artist.  Dusty has trained a number of young people the craft.  Thanks dusty! (See photo of his work below).

Commissioner Dick Scouten was here today.  It has been a while.  It was great seeing you Dick!

Next week’s breakfast speaker features Lisa Chang from Hula Halau, our February Business of the Month.  See you at the Peppermill Restaurant next Thursday, 7:00 AM.

Wood art


Here are the minutes from last week’s breakfast, compliments  of Susan:

Was great seeing everyone this morning and hearing the wonderful stories of Vern.  Thank you Wally for doing such a touching video of Vern’s pictures.
Our guests this morning:
Wendy & Randy- Vern’s daughter and son
Dorothy & Wally-Neighbors of Vern’s for the past 47 years.  Plus they are cousins to our own Captain Oathes.  They appreciated the New Years card Eric.
Patrick-friend of Vern’s who remodeled his house years ago and stayed friends with Vern.
Steve had some sad news to share with us.  He was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer that was also in his liver.  He explained that he was relinquishing his duties in the club of raffle/collecting fines & putting away the flags.  If your wanting to step up to the plate to either of these activities let Wally know.
Tony Montes was visiting us from the Hillsboro Optimist Club.  His wife has been going through a lot. Please keep us posted Tony. Tony also reported that when he was at emergency this last week that he ran into Monty Kershner, who was there as he was having a heart attack.  It was great to see you today.
I updated the club on Rudy, my husband, he had his angiogram done last Thursday, good news was nothing extra had to be done during his open heart surgery on February 4th.  We have an incredible surgeon, if your ever needing a valve please let me know this specialist does a valve sparing surgery so he can re-construct your own valve so you don’t have to be on coumadin and have a mechanical valve.
Wally gave a check to our treasurer, Scott, for $ 202.52 from our Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser.
Bruce’s birthday this week and we sang to him.
Last week’s raffle winner was Dave, who wasn’t there this morning.  This weeks winner was Marv T.
Jack stood up to say that Bob A. had been over to his shop to work on building wooden riffles for the boy scout troop.  They will be used to teach the kids gun safety.
Michael reported that his Thai Chi class, which is on the east side of Portland, is going to be doing a 4 month class in Beaverton this year.  So if your interested in Thai Chi please contact Michael.
Essay contest.  Barry stated that he has only received the one essay.  There are 3 weeks left to get them in.  I believe Eric S. is going to do some social media on that one.
Eric S. updated us on the Aloha Library and said a big thank you from the Aloha Library to us for all our help and donations of money.  They are hiring on one full time person.  And soon to be moving into a bigger space.  Taking over where the Taekwondo place is currently at near the Peppermill.
This day in history: 1919, Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of states.

Remembering Vern at the Optimist Program Today

Family and friends met today at the breakfast to remember Vern Williams, who was our last charter member.  A lot of great things were said about Vern.  We’ll post more comments later but here are some photos:

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Our Dear Vern Williams Dies at 93

Vern Williams, our last surviving charter member of the club, died this afternoon at his home in Beaverton. Stay tuned for more details. Our sympathy is extended his family. The club will also pay a tribute to Vern.


Vern & Jack at the "rock" dedication  July 18, 2013

Vern & Jack at the “rock” dedication July 18, 2013

Open Share Breakfast

Our speaker didn’t make it today but we still had a good program.

Eric Squires won the raffle AGAIN. Fortunately he gives the money to the Dean Mitchell Public Safety Scholarship, otherwise he might be accused of getting rich from the club! :)

Our President presented a check to the Aloha Community Library Association via Doug Hoy, president. Doug tells us the library will have a new location soon and will share that information when things get finalized.

Bruce Buffington made a push for our upcoming fundraiser at Papa’s Pizza on Monday, June 13th.

Alan brought in his reindeer made from beer bottles, compliments of his granddaughter, I think.

Bob Arneson said we had a couple of wood sales recently with another customer currently looking to buy.  Thanks for your good work on this Bob.

Jack was dressed in a festive outfit. Even his hat sang to us! (You had to be there.) Jack also said that Vern Williams will go in to the hospital to have his heart stopped and rebooted to correct the timing of his heart.

There was a discussion about various opportunities for the club in 2014. It should prove to be a good year.

Next week’s speaker is Scott from Scott’s Coffee Brake, our Business of the Month.

Note: The board will not meet next week since it is New Year’s day. We will meet the following Wednesday, January 8th, 6:30 PM.



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