At this morning's Optimist meeting the club recognized Cyril Russell for his service during his term as president of the club. Cyril was a very hand-on President, involved in nearly all of the club activities and fundraisers. As part of Cyril's legacy as President he also created a quarterly Optimist meeting to help involve those Optimist members that can't attend morning meetings. Thank You for all you have done and will continue to do for the club Cyril, you are truly a Friend of Youth.
Please help us in congratulating Jerry and Carol Fithin. They were honored with the 2016 Optimist of the year award. Jerry and Carol are true Optimists. Jerry and Carol both have been involved in club leadership, Jerry has taken on a leadership role with the MAC Classic, and they generally get involved in about every club project. Thank you Jerry and Carol for all of your dedication to the youth of our community.
Breezy, cool conditions greeted the players at this year's Memorial Golf Tournament. But, as the morning progressed, the weather had warmed up and it ended up being a beautiful day. The team of Tony Fawl, Doug Gayer, Jack Rader and John Rader won a score card playoff with the team of Jamie Piper, Alan Porter, Kelly Sorenson and Chad Alexander for first place. Dennis Shaw had the closet to the pin on number 15, Jack Rader had the longest putt for the men on number 9 and Donna Viola won the same prize for the women. A big thank you goes out to the hole sponsors, as well as those who played in the tournament. Our club was well represented and you can all be proud of helpingmake this a successful event and to raise more funds to help the youth in the community.
The team of Jamie Piper, Tony Fawl, John Hastert and Chuck Singleton represented our club in the 2016 Kansas Optimist State Golf tournament this year, and again brought home the Champion's Trophy. They won the Optimist Division by a large margin, and tied for first place in the Open Division.
As in the recent past, the outing was part of Annual Childhood Cancer Golf Benefit. Including this year, the event has raised over $125,000 for this worthy cause.
Here is a thank you note from Ruth Nelson to those who participated in this year's event.
Please see the Thank You leter we received from Circles of McPherson County.