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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


Breakfast with the ATF

Colene Domenech, ATF Portland Office

Colene Domenech, ATF Portland Office

We had a great speaker today.  Colene has over 20 years experience as an ATF agent.  We learned a lot about the operation of the agency.  Many people think they get all the paperwork on all guns sold in Oregon but the info stays with the dealer.  Perhaps our laws need some fine tuning to make it  possible for the agency to have those records (like they do in Hawaii).  When a gun is used in a crime it makes it a lot easier to track down ownership.  She gave the example of the shooting death of Sgt. Godding in Seaside.  Because the gun was originally sold in Hawaii, they were able to track it to the killer.

Because of their unique investigation, they were able to settle the case of the Woodburn Bombing several years ago.

Some things to remember…

  • Monday is Troop 870 Court of Honor at Mountain View Middle School, 7:00 PM.  Let’s show support for  our scouts and their leaders.
  • Car Seat Clinic, Saturday, October 22nd, 9 – 11:30 AM at Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
  • Tip-A-Cop, Beaverton Red Robin on Canyon. We would like to attend as a group.  Hope to see you there at 5:00 PM.

If you missed the Thursday breakfast, you can view it on Youtube.

Have a good weekend.