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Dean Mitchell Public Scholarship

Kolton Fink is the 2016 recipient of our scholarship.  He and family were on hand to see the presentation.  Be sure to visit the club website for a bio on Kolton.  Below are some photos from this morning.


Opti-Bulletin September 8, 2016

Magician Bob Eaton with two willing volunteers.

Magician Bob Eaton with two willing volunteers.

It was great to see our friend from Hillsboro Optimist Club Bill French.  He notified us that we are an Honor Club for the current year.  He also encouraged us to participate in finding hole sponsors for their gold tournament on September 16th.


  • Today is “Back to School Bash” at the Aloha Farmers’ Market, 3-7:30 PM.
  • The ABA Luncheon is today at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.
  • Sunday, 9/11 @ 2:00 PM will be a brief time of remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial in Veteran’s Memorial Park, Beaverton.
  • Monday, Sept. 12th is the Board meeting, 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 17th is Murray road cleanup.  Meet at the K-Mart parking lot at 8:30 AM for coffee & donuts.  Please let Wally know if you are planing to come.  We need about three more bodies.
  • Installment Dinner @ the Chrisman’s on Saturday, Sept. 24th, 3-7 PM.


  • Bruce Buffington announced he is retiring as chair of the NWBSC.  Come to their board meeting on October 20th, 6:30 PM to recognize Bruce’s service of 22 yrs.
  • Susan showed us a plastic bag with her photography on it.  It will be used to market other such bags.  Good job Susan!  It would be nice to get some of these to give to our breakfast speaker and place our mug in them.
  • Raffle winner last week was Marv T.  He wasn’t here to collect.  This weeks winner was Roger Hampton.  It was apparently rigged because our speaker is his friend and drew the winning number for him.  So if you need a loan, see Roger.

Hope you enjoy the Good Neighbor activities in Beaverton this weekend.

See you next time.

Energy Conservation…and More!

Massoud 9-1-16Our breakfast speaker this morning was Massoud Jourabchi with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.  We learned a lot about the history, current, and future projected use and demand of energy.  He is a friend and neighbor of Michael Stack.  Massoud is from Iran and will probably be asked to come back and tell us about his home country.

It was great to see a good number of members out this morning.

  • Bob Day’s son, Sam Day, recently died of bone cancer (Bob is with the Portland Police Bureau).  Roger Hampton knows the family and had Sam in one of his classes at Sunset Presbyterian Church.  There are a number of stories and videos about Sam.  Just do a web search.  There is a lot of expense with his treatment so Roger said folks can make a donation.  Contract Roger.
  • Next Thursday is the Aloha Business Association Luncheon @ 11:30 AM.  Farmer’s Market is featuring a “Back to School Bash” that day, 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM.
  • Please check the Calendar on our Website to learn about other upcoming events.

The raffle winner today was Marv Thompson.  I guess that means we’ll see him two weeks in a row!

Roger Whitaker announced that some wood was sold and the proceeds amounted to around $500.  Thanks Roger, Jack, and Bob A.  There is still more wood available.  We also plan to be at the last two Saturday markets to sell wood in conjunction with our scout troop.


2014 in review…we even had people from Russia visit our site!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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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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

Habitat For Humanity

Our “Business of the Month” is Habitat for Humanity.  Mark Forker is the Executive Director and also Leon Taylor, the comptroller.  They spoke at our breakfast this morning.  These folks are doing a great job helping people get into affordable housing who need a hand up.  The one thing I learned is that they don’t give away homes.  The new homeowners put in at least 500 hours helping to build the house and also pay off a mortgage through Habitat.  Read more at our website:

Leon Taylor finishes answering a question.  President Wally then presents Leon & Mark with an Optimist mug.

Leon Taylor finishes answering a question. President Wally then presents Leon & Mark with an Optimist mug.

Okay, I got the photo thing figured out!

Allison received a mug and a thank you from President Bob Arneson.

Allison received a mug and a thank you from President Bob Arneson.

Help the library tonight

The books left over  from the book sale this past weekend need to be moved from the old Blockbuster building to the storage unit on TV Hwy.  If you can help, please show up @ 7:00 PM.


The Power of Optimism

I shared a brief talk today.   

I spoke today about the “Power of Optimism.”  I shared a video.  Here is the link:

How optimistic are you?  You can take the Optimism quiz here.
Alan took notes today and will be sending out minutes later.
Don’t forget, next Thursday our speaker will be our Dean Mitchell Scholarship winner Ashley Eddy. See you next week at the Peppermill Restaurant in Aloha.