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Opti-Bulletin 10-20-16

See link at the bottom to access today’s meeting on YouTube.

Optimist Club of Beaverton
Club Meeting Minutes: October 20, 2016, 7:00 AM
Barry B. presiding.
This Day in History:
1944, General McArthur returns to the Philippine Islands.
October 20th, tonight, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Great Shake Out (Emergency Preparedness) Reedville Presbyterian.
October 22nd, Saturday, Women’s Safety Fair, Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro HQ.
October 22nd, Saturday, Child Safety Seat clinic at St. Vincent’s, 9:00 to 11:00.
October 22nd, Saturday, “Tip a Cop”, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Beaverton Red Robin. (Wally reminds everyone to turn out for an Optimistic showing of the clubs support for Police and the Special Olympics.)

  • Optimist Club positions open: Board Member and Sergeant at Arms.
  • An audit committee has been appointed: Marv Thompson, Michael Stack and Scott Thompson.
  • This meeting was recorded (Wally J.) for upload to U-Tube as the continuation of an “e” Club option. Subsequent meetings will also be recorded, allowing members not present to see the meeting
  • September 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Beaverton Optimists Club. Submit ideas for this landmark event to Barry!
  • Roger H. attended the Optimists Regional Meeting in Kennewick, WA. Good classes on leadership and an emphasis on the Essay contests.
  • Steve G. attended the Home Plate Open House. It was well attended and excellently done. They provide meals, shelter and other services, and referrals for the homeless.
  • Eric S. provided an update on the Aloha Library activities and fund raising. Contact Eric for details, there is a lot going on.
  • 50/50 Pot Raffle – $10.00 in the pot. Winner – Roger H.

Guest Speaker: Jules Schoolmeester, new Beaverton Police Activities League (PAL) Executive Director, provided some background; she recently hails from Sioux Falls, where she worked in the drug and alcohol abuse program. She described some of the PAL activities available to the 50 (or so) young people in the program, including, but not limited to, boxing (boys and girls), a clubhouse, a homework room, and opportunities to work with senior citizens. While there is as yet no scholarship money available for memberships, it is something she intends to work on.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 am
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Gerber, Secretary


Mayor Doyle Visits Our Club


A good crowd showed up to hear Mayor Denny Doyle give us an update on the City of Beaverton.  He had a lot to say about building development around downtown and the old Westgate property.  It all sounds very ambitious.  We appreciated his taking the time out to meet with us.

It was Capt. Eric Oathes’ birthday so he paid big bucks for us to sing to him.  He seemed rather pleased based on the smile on his face.  We won’t give his age away but here’s a hint: _8.

Dusty showed off his latest Intarsia creation: a Beaverton Police Badge that one of the officers requested.  As usual, he did a wonderful job.  See photos below. You can see more of Dusty’s work here.

Next week our speaker is Commander Bob Day from the Portland Police Bureau.  Hope you can make it.


Today’s Newsletter – April 2nd, 2015

After Bob Primrose led the pledge to the American Flag, Dusty said “This day in history…1986.  Think basketball.”

The President mentioned the updated website and calendar was complete for now but still open to any suggested improvements.

Calendar notes:

  • Next Thursday Karen Bolin will be here to represent our Business of the Month, Edward Jones Financial. We will also swear in Karen, and possibly Roger Whitaker, as new members.  Karen will share with us and answer any questions about financial investment.
  • Next Thursday, the 9th, is the Aloha Business Association Luncheon at the Peppermill, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. The club is a member so any of our members are encouraged to attend.
  • Next Thursday will be a busy day because it is also our board meeting at 6:30 PM at the PAL club.
  • April 20th, 7:00 PM is the Troop 870 Court of Honor at Mountain View Middle school. We hope a number of our members can attend. A dessert potluck will follow.

Barry announced that Madeleine Smith, our local essay winner, was chosen as our District Essay Contest Winner!  She receives a $2500 scholarship and will compete in the international competition.  A press release will be going out to announce this.

Bob Arneson presented us a check for $600 from Troop 870 for our part in their Christmas tree drive.  He said a majority of the funds raised will assist scouts to attend summer camp.

John Koch said the Sheriff’s Office is working with the school district to provide Safer Routes for Kids to get to school.  These routes will be made and maintained by the “guests” in the orange jumpsuits from the jail.  He also said they will be sponsoring a Scout Day at the Jail with more details to follow.

Dusty won the raffle today.  It’s only fitting since he has an Easter birthday Sunday.  He paid up and was awed by the singing of the club!

This day in history…the NBA instituted the three point shot.

Bob P. said he heard there was someone in the club who got a new vehicle.  After some prodding Marv Thompson unwillingly confessed and paid a $5.00 fine.  We thanked Bob for the news report!

Since Wally had a recent surgery, he read some actual notes from hospital medical charts.  Apparently Jack didn’t care much for them or maybe had to use the boys’ room, so he said “Let’s stand,” to make a preemptive close to the meeting.  So he was asked to close with the creed.

Boy Scouting Featured at Today’s Breakfast

The president opened the meeting late.  Our speakers had some technical difficulties that required attention, especially from Eric Squires.  Thanks Eric.

We had a good turnout this morning.  All of the seats were taken!  Dave G. was here for the second time in a row! (Or was it the third?).

This Day in History, provided by Dusty, was the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.

Bob Primrose announced that the Optimist shirts and vest have been ordered and should be here in a couple of weeks.

Bruce shared some things about PAL and NWBSC.  They still use the guidebook from the Optimists in their program.  Also, he and Wally will be working on an article that will be sent to Optimist International with the hopes it will be printed.

The scouts are trying to establish a co-ed Venture Crew made up of older scouts.  They need a charter sponsor and asked if we would be willing.

Last week’s raffle winner was Roger who willingly took the dough and ran with it.  This week’s winner was someone all of us look up to…literally…Dick Schouten.  The “Comish”will have to return next week to claim his winnings.  He probably will.  Most politicians don’t miss such an opportunity! J

Dates to remember:

  • Next Monday, February 9th, 7:00 PM is a retirement party for Scoutmaster Bryan Reynolds from troop 870. This will be held at Mt. View Middle School.  Let’s get some of Optimists there to show our thanks for Bryan’s service.
  • The Beaverton Police are putting on a Car Seat Clinic on February 21st. Click for more details:            
  • Club Auction, February 26th. Start saving your items and cash for this event.
  • Aloha Business Assoc. luncheon, next Thursday at the Peppermill, 11:30 – 1:00 PM. A local CPA will share some business tax season tips.
  • The Oratorical Contest is Saturday, February 21st. Dusty said we have one entry at the present time.
  • PAL Club Auction, Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM, at the Nike World Headquarters
    Nike Campus – Tiger Woods Center – 1 Bowerman Drive
    Beaverton, OR 97005. Get your tickets by clicking
  • The Beaverton Police are putting on a Car Seat Clinic on February 21st. Click for more details:            

Our speakers today were Brian Blachly and David O’Conner from the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts.  They had lots of things to share, especially how we can better partner with our troop and council.  Learn more at their website:


Susan, with the help of Linda Jackson, will be adding a Beaverton Optimist Club Facebook.  Stay tuned.