Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween minutes

Happy Halloween Fellow Optimists:

Doug Hoy reported that Jack, Alan and Wally helped move the annex to blockbuster yesterday. He really appreciated all the help.

Wally handed out goodies for everyone, thank you Wally.

Wally attended the District Meeting in Hood River last weekend. Wally said that he learned that we are ahead in the social media aspect of our club compared to many other clubs.

Next Wednesday is the Board Meeting at the PAL Club starting at 6:30pm.

Wally passed around a note pad asking for people to become program chairs in the next 3 months. If your interested in having speakers join us please contact Wally.

Birthday's. Let's see Steve mentioned that his granddaughter was having a birthday. Alan mentioned something about a great aunt having a 90 something birthday. In the club Marv D. and Vern are having birthdays. They opted to let the club sing to them, beings they paid plentifully we belted out a lovely tune.
Last week's raffle winner was Eric S. he gave his winnings to the Dean Mitchell Scholorship Fund. Thanks Eric. This weeks winner was, I never ever win and it's been like 100 years since I last one, Bob P.

Wally talked to Dalton, though he's unable to come to the meetings each Thursday he is still planning to stay involved in the club.

This day in history: Toyota established it's first US business. Alan and many others hadn't heard of the car that Toyota first started selling, the ToyoPet. Here is a link thanks to Wikipedia on the car: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyopet_Master

Wally asked folks to bring in something that they wanted to auction off. So here are the following results of the auction:
Optimist Goody Bag- Jack- $3.50
Maui bag from Susan- Scott- $ 4.50
Unknown Gift-Marv D.- $ 5.00
Police Hat- Bob A. $ 2.50
Reusable Bag with Goody's-Bob P. $ 5.00
Goody from Jack-Vern $ 5.00
Macadamian Nuts that Scott didn't eat- Wally- $ 5.00

Vern had a very short story to share with us regarding macadamian nuts. He said at one time he knew his father in law liked the nut and so Vern went to the store and figured he should try the nuts before giving them to his father in law. He went through about 5 jars before finally getting a bottle to his father in law.

Captain Eric Oathes explained to us a new program their department is working on with the Portland Police Department. Here is what he wrote me earlier today: 
We will be assisting the Portland Police in teaching Community Policing Concepts to the Bangladesh police. Officers will be teaching their police forces what community policing is, how to work with the community to solve problems, rather then doing the policing they currently do, which is heavy handed punishing policing.

This is a great opportunity for our officers to better understand what it means to be a minority in a community and to help them be more compassionate and understanding in the way we do our job.

Bob P. went to a free screening of the movie Last Vegas at Bridgeport Theater. Mentioned that it was a very good and very funny movie. He highly recommended it.

Marv T. bought a new RV that required several lessons on how to drive it. Mentioned it had a 100 gallon gas tank in it. The RV is 37 feet long. The thing has 4 TV's. Jack mentioned his only had 2.

Scouts update via Bob A. court of honor happened 2 weeks ago. And since the weather has been so wonderful they of course decided to set out this weekend while the weather is more typical Oregon weather.

See you all next week at the board meeting. Please check out our website at www.beavertonoptimist.webs.com

Until next week bring optimism to those around you.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Optimist Meeting Minutes - October 10

Good evening everyone.
On Thursday it was Tom Baxter's birthday. Happy Birthday Tom, we hope you had a wonderful day.

Hey Joe, everyone wants to know how you are doing?
We had a board meeting on Monday October 7, 2013. Wally made the suggestion that each board member head up a committee to help move our club forward. 

Wally will represent us at the Pacific NW District meeting in Hood River. 

Wally asked me, Susan, to share a little bit about the braces on my legs. I just got a new AFO, ankle/foot orthotic for my right leg. I have been wearing the one on my left leg for over 2 years now. I explained that these braces are worn because I have drop foot which happens when the lesions in the brain disrupt the signals from my peroneal nerve in the outside of my lower leg. Due to the damage of the mylein sheath in my brain, I no longer can lift my feet up and so I wear the braces that keep my foot/ankle at a 90 degree angle. If you have any other questions I'm happy to talk to you. I did mention I've had MS now for 12 years.

My hope is to run in a 5k last year and will be meeting with an individual in Seattle to see if i can make my dream a reality. Before developing MS I was an avid runner, it's the one thing I miss more then anything. I cannot run in braces I currently wear so the hope is the gentleman in Seattle could help me. Dave suggested I do the Jingle Bell 5K walk in December.

Alan was our secret greeter, he was also still very sick so he forgave me for not shaking his hand as I'm trying to stay well as we are leaving for Hawaii soon. And then he didn't shake Vern's hand because he didn't want to get him sick either. Both of us paid a fine anyways.

Arden Eby passed away. Jack left a message on OregonLive obituaries for his family. Wally did as well.
Eric S. has resigned form CPO6

Doug Hoy joined us today and mentioned that the library is now a year old. He invited our club to celebrate the libraries 1st year of operation. 

If you'd like to attend it is on October 20, 2013 from 2:30-5pm at the Blockbuster Video Store.
            Address: 17555 SW Farmington Rd. Aloha
There will be food, live music and special guests who will reflect on the past year from 3-4pm. 

Raffle winner last week: Steve
Raffle winner this week: Me-Susan

This day in history- Hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax.

See you all this coming week, have a good rest of your weekend. 

~ Susan

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Notes from July 25

Good Morning everyone, 

First and foremost there will be a board meeting on Monday July 29, 2013 at the PAL Club at 6:30pm.  

On Saturday from 11-3pm Michael has invited us to his Thai Chi Center out on 22nd & Glisan.  Taoist is the name of the place I do believe he said.  Sorry Michael if I got the named spelled wrong.  

We didn't have a speaker today but we had a lot of announcements.  

Bob A. mentioned how well the presentation in the park went for our own Vern Williams and his late wife Pat.  He went to the Hillsboro Club this past Tuesday and thanked them for their help.  

Jack took the framed presentation piece over to Vern who was deeply appreciative of this and the whole event.  Was still in awe by it all.  

I gave an update on Rudy.  He had his annual echo-cardiogram scan for his aneurysm and it has grown to a level where his cardiologist wants him to have surgery within a years time. We have an appointment with a Cardio-Thoracic Valve Sparing Surgeon next Thursday to learn more and figure out when to do the procedure.  It was brought to our attention by a friend of mine that he may not be able to fly to Maui in October with said aneurysm and if that were the case Rudy would have the surgery done now.  If we can fly with it then he likely will wait to do the surgery until January or February next year.  I will give updates when I have them.

Eric S. is better.  There was an event last night up at the Jenkins Estate.  Celebrated $ 40K in grants if I heard that right for the arts.  Eric gave an update on the CPO6 meetings.  August 1, 2013 will be the Tualatin River Keepers.  Some news on the Scholls Ferry Road expansion and housing development.  Also mentioned that the Public Affairs Form will be held Mondays  at noon at the Peppermill.  If interested contact Eric.  

Eric O. is on vacation this week and so is Wally.  

NWBSC update via Bruce.  Just wrapped up the PAL Club Kids Camp.  Provided the Educational component as well as helmet fitting and skills rodeo course.  There were 50 kids on Tuesday and 52 on Wednesday.  Working on the August 24th Beaverton Banks and Beyond event.  If anyone is interested in volunteering you should contact me, Susan Nordstrom, and we'll put you in.  

Raffle winner last week was Jack he donated to Dean Mitchell.  This week it was Bruce and he is donating his winnings to the Candlighters.  

We celebrated Steve's birthday with a catchy tune he sang to us.  

THPRD International Celebration/Car show this weekend.  Same event we helped out at years ago just a different name.  Also happening this weekend is the Air Show in Hillsboro and the Washington County Fair.  

Bob A. put a plug in for Doug Hoy and the book gathering and transporting that will be the first Saturday of the month.  Meet at the library current location, load books up and move to their storage facility.  Bob was appealing to us to help out.  A pick up would be great but a car with a trunk, a bicycle, and even a skate board and backpack were mentioned as ways to move books.  

Dick is doing Cycle Oregon this year.  

And Michael gave an update on Barry saying he'd had a few set backs and issues with his shoulder and so he was going swimming in the mornings to try to help it out.  

Have a great rest of the week and we'll see you next Thursday.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Notes from July 18

Good morning everyone,

A small group this morning but as always we had good times. Marv gave our invocation as Wally was unable to make it this morning.

Alan, Jack, Marv and Bob A. showed up last Saturday to chop wood. There are 3 cords. 1 cord is sold already per Bob A.

Jack brought in a presentation to deliver to Vern in the coming days, see attached photo. As you all know last night Vern and his late wife were honored at Shiffler Park. I sent out photos last night of the plaque on the rock in Shiffler Park in honor of Vern and his late wife Pat. Though he was overwhelmed you could see the happiness in his eyes.

The wood used on the frame was from a spruce tree that fell in Vern's yard a few years ago and Jack picked
up. It's a very nice tribute to Vern and Pat for all their work in the community all these years.

Kudos to Jack and all those involved in making this happen, it was a truly a wonderful moment last night! And Jack said that Vern had no idea until Doug Meneke called him up to the mic.

And lastly a thanks to the Hillsboro Club for coming to the ceremony last night.

Bob is going to the Hillsboro club next week.

Birthday's this week: Last Sunday the 14th was my birthday. Barry's birthday was on Monday and Tony Montez was on Tuesday. I opted to let everyone sing to me. And the restaurant brought me a pancake with a candle in the middle of it, photo attached.

Dick Schouten was with us this morning and gave an update on what his daughters have been up too. One is in Hartford, CT and works at Hartford General Hospital. The other has been working in Jakarta with the Armed German Government. She will be attending Columbia University this fall.

Eric O. was with us this morning and he said 3 weeks ago he was sick, last week he slept in and then he was on vacation. He's back this week and then heading out on a different vacation next week, so he will miss our morning meeting.

Eric also said some upcoming events in the city are:
* A car seat clinic @ Kuni Cadillac this weekend.
* Flicks by the Fountain starts up in August.
* Shred Event August 10th at Tectronics. Food donations are suggested.
* August 6th National Night Out.

Raffle winner last week was Steve this week was Jack.

Marv D. gave an update on the new police building. They will be staying at City Hall as all city offices will be moving to the Coldwell Banker Building at the Round. The hope is to expand out the current building and have parking underground. The building needs seismic updating. There will be a bond issue coming out in 2014.

Doug Hoy was with us again, he reminded us of Aloha Days that is coming up on August 16-17th. They are still looking for volunteers to help pack books, move them etc. If your interested please contact Doug at: dougho2@comcast.net

Our speaker today was Hannah who is Jack and Carol's granddaughter. She was a teacher in Taiwan. She has also been to Thailand. She said the kids are very disciplined there and everything is very structured. Everyday they would eat lunch at noon for 30 minutes and then that was followed up by a 30 minute nap. On the weekend activities were centered around the school such as track meets.

Hannah's big news was she is getting married in August. Congratulations!

Have a great rest of the week and we'll see you next week. Don't forget to check out our website: beavertonoptimist.webs.com


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Meeting notes June 13

Today the Beaverton Optimist Club welcomed Echo Crete from NW Children's Outreach as our speaker and President Bob Arneson gave a thank you mug to Andreas Correa of Therassage.

Find out more about our meeting today: http://beavertonoptimistclub.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/newsletter-and-nw-childrens-outreach/

Friday, May 24, 2013

Notes from Beaverton Optimist Club, May 23

Happy Friday Everyone,

We had a few guests this morning. Kathy Jungles & Bill French from the Hillsboro Club joined us. As did County Commissioner Greg Malinowski.

Few Dates to remember:
This coming Monday's board meeting has been cancelled due to lack of board members being in town.

June 1, 2013 is our first Farmers Market

June 20, 2013 Dean Mitchell Scholarship winner dinner at Spaghetti Factory in Tannesbourne. For more information on the scholorship winner please visit our website at beavertonoptimist.webs.com

District Convention this year in McCall Idaho in August.

Hillsboro Optimist Club is doing their golfing fundraiser on September 21, 2013 in case anyone from our club would like to form a team and make money for the club at the same time. Bill will be sending Wally the information regarding the event.

Marv D. was back and looking very good. Gave us an update on his condition as well as the Memorial Day Celebration this coming Monday.

Memorial Day Ceremony. 10am a 62 piece band will start to play. At 11am the ceremony will start. There will be 2 fly overs, one at 11am and one at 12pm. Please come out for this ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton.

Wally passed around index cards so we could write encouraging messages to the folks in Moore, Oklahoma. There is an optimist club in the tornado ravaged town. Wally has a contact name and will forward on these messages of support to that person.

We got a t-card from Stacy Goodwin of SMART. 

Pin and Badge check, Dave got fined. Alan was the secret greeter and said everyone shook his hand except Eric and since he's not a paying member yet we couldn't fine him.

Road Cleanup: 6 folks showed up. No PAL Kids, there was a miscommunication. Alan mentioned they picked up 9 bags of trash, someone's drive shaft and many hub caps. Thank you to Tom for coordinating the event.

Raffle winner last week was Eric, didn't hear if he donated again or not. This week was Alan.

Kathy J. brought up that the officer's for this year report was due the 20th of this month, asked we got our's in. President Bob is out of town so we'll have to ask when he gets back.

This week in History, 2 dates: 1843 and 1900. In 1843 on yesterday's date in history, Great Emigration departs from Oregon. In 1900, Forgotten Civil War hero honored.

Our speaker this week was Love Inc. They have an event coming up on August 10th from 11-1pm at Aloha High School. Their 7th annual Packed with Love Backpack Giveaway. They are looking for volunteers, if interested please call 503-336-5946.

Speaker next week is Eric Squires who has a blender of things to talk about.

See you all next week.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Notes from the meeting - May 16

Good Day Everyone, 

First off Marv D. had a stroke 3am Tuesday morning, his daughter called 911 and they got him to the hospital.  Amazing, Marv went home later that afternoon. He has weakness in his right arm/fingers and leg.  He can't drive for a week or so, is taking some rehab help.  Prognosis good.  Probably back to normal in 30 days.  His doctors were very impressed with his healing process.  We missed you today Marv!  

It is National Police Week.  With this please come and join local law enforcement tomorrow at the Hillsboro Civic Center at 11am,  to remember those officers that have been lost in Washington County.  Need more information contact Wally.  

Wally got a thank you card from the Business of the month, Cut Above Pawn, and a check from them for $ 50 for our club.  

I gave an update on the safety fairs.  This weekends safety fair at Vose has been cancelled due to lack of preparation by the school.

Speaking of this weekend our Road Cleanup is taking place.  Tom is leading the charge as Bob A. is going to be out of town.  Alan is picking up the stuff.  Landon from PAL Club has 8 youths who will be helping too.  Wally may have some church members who come to help as well.  

Marv Thompson gave us an update on his time in Las Vegas recently.  Scott told him he should tell us what absurd time he had to get up to go golfing.  His friend scheduled them to play golf at 6am, which meant that Marv had to be up and out by 3am.  He mentioned that there was a Mayweather (sp?) fight the night before and the crowd in the lobby was a bit rough.  

Bob A. will be out of town the next two weeks.  Wally has offered to be president during this time.  

Also the officers for next year are: 


Eric S. brought in applications for everyone to get a library card.  He's so efficient  he has the library cards with him.  He thanked us for getting the card and also thanked us for all our support.  

Speaking of Eric S. He won last week's raffle and gave his winnings to the Dean Mitchell Fund.  He also happened to win this weeks raffle as well.  

Bob A. sang to us for his birthday.  Great singing.  

This day in history- 1929 First Academy awards. 

Our speaker was Stacey Goodwin from SMART.  She told us what is happening at SMART these days and the fact that SMART celebrated 20 years last year.  They are a 98% privately funded company.   

Next week our speaker will be Ed Proloux from Love Inc. 

Have a great week, don't forget our website: beavertonoptimist.webs.com