Monday, March 2, 2015

March meeting announcement and calendar preview

Good Morning JOC Members,

Reminder of our meeting next Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30pm at the Jerome Senior Center.

The agenda is and summary of our February meeting:

  a.  Easter Egg Hunt - The Jerome Optimist Club is joining with the Jerome Kiwanis and Jerome Rotary for this year's annual Easter Egg Hunt!  The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 4th at Forsyth Park at 10:00am sharp.  Join us for the April 1st meeting to put together Easter Egg baskets for the kiddos.  If you would like to donate goodies for the baskets, please bring to the meeting.

  b.  Dunk Tank - Marsha Martin will be the chair person for scheduling of the dunk tank.  The dunk tank will be housed at the Martin Farm for safe keeping.  Please let friends and family know of the fund raising opportunities for use of the dunk tank!  Users of the dunk tank will need to sign a waiver for use of the tank.  The waiver is being finalized.  

  c.  Coats for Kids - over 350 coats given away this year!  There are not enough thanks to express to Sheri for all of her hard work in distributing the coats!  Additional thanks to the Snake River Corvette Club for their funds in supporting the JOC!  The big hearts of Sheri and Snake River Corvette Club warmed the hearts of 350 kids!  WOW!

  d.  Special Needs Fishing Derby - The fishing derby date has been set for Monday, April 27th!  Save the date and join us as we share in the joy and excitement of very special day for the kids as they catch fish, hook worms and enjoy a day at the pond.  

  e.  Ongoing business:  JOC working on nonprofit status, the cost for the Breakfast with Santa to be calculated.

The best cookie award was given to Barbara Martin.  Her sugar cookies are the best (with or without frosting)!  (Yes, I am a bit bias to my Mom's cookies.)

The Club had the honor of re-instating the membership of long time member, Lloyd Martin and excitement of installing a enthusiastic new member Bobby Dye.  

Please join us next Wednesday!

Joyfully Serving,
Marsha Martin

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January Preview for the Jerome Optimist Club

Happy New Year JOC Members!

Reminder of our meeting on Wednesday January 7th at 6:30 at the Senior Center. We will install 1 new member, Bobby Dye. The re-install date for Lloyd Martin is to be determined.

Breakfast with Santa was a success! 580 in approximate attendance and countless precious pictures taken with Santa! Thank you to ALL for your help and support!

Coats for Kids continued thru December and at Christmas in Jerome with the giving of many warm coats, gloves and hats. How many coats have been given out this year? Come to the meeting on Wednesday to have your heart warmed with the count!

The year to come 2015:
  • a. Easter Egg Hunt
  • b. Dunk Tank
  • c. Budget
  • d. Special Needs Fishing Derby (Martin Farms)
Putting a call out there on who is interested in being our public speaker to make monthly reports to the North Side Journal, Times News, KMVT, PNWD and Optimist International. The interested person will need to be able to upload and email photos.

UPDATE: Wal-Mart has indicated that they have submitted a grant for $5,000 which we should hear about soon!

Thank you for all you do!

2015 will be a great year!

Marsha Martin

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Notes and December Reminder

Happy December 1st fellow Optimist Members!

Reminder of our meeting this Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30pm at the Jerome Senior Center.

In addition, we are looking for some kid coats sizes 4-8 for Coats for Kids.  Please let Sheri know if you are able to donate and or know of kiddos that have grown out of their coats of this size.

Breakfast with Santa is this Saturday!  There are still items on the need list.  We are hopeful that Costco can help!  If not, we will reach out with items that are needed.  Volunteers are needed at 6:30am at the Jerome Catholic Church.  The revised hours this year are 7:30am-10:30am.  

Christmas in Jerome is this Saturday starting at 4pm at North Park.  JOC is working with the Jerome Chamber and will have a booth to collect and distribute coats.

Please join us on Wednesday evening and Saturday.

Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!
Marsha Martin

JOC Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2014:

Old Business:  $200 raised for helping with the Joe Mamas' Car Show, five baskets were donated to the Jerome Senior Center for their November 1, 2014 event (Julie reported that the weather was a contributing factor to their low turnout), $250 was made at the golf tournament.

Updates on projects:

Coats for Kids - Continued thanks to Sheri for all her warming efforts in distributing coats to our kids!  Drop offs are at:  the Library, Wal-Mart customer service, the Senior Center.  Snake River Corvette Club dropped of bags and bags of coats!  Thank you! 

Breakfast with Santa - December 13, 2014 starting at 7:30am to 10:30am at St. Jerome's Catholic Church (216 2nd Avenue E.).  The breakfast will include:  pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee and hot chocolate.  Donations requested from Ridley's.  There is inventory of items needed for the breakfast (to be emailed at later date).  Santa arrives at 8am.  Please join in helping serve breakfast to our community.

Christmas in Jerome - 4pm at North Park in Jerome - 
The Jerome Chamber of Commerce asked JOC to join them in supporting the community with our Coats for Kids.  JOC will set up a booth to collect coats and to distribute coats as needed.  Join us at 4pm at North Park for visit with Santa, hot chocolate, cider, baked potatoes, cookies and more!  The parade starts at 6pm with a tree lighting ceremony after the parade.

Dunk Tank - Jerome Rotary has donated their dunk tank to the Jerome Optimists!  There is an estimated $3,000 in new revenue with renting of the dunk tank!  A release/waiver is being prepared since the Optimist insurance will not cover liability. 

Administration - Dues are due and invoices will be emailed/mailed. 

Next Meeting - Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30pm at the Jerome Senior Center and January 7, 2015.

See you all at the next meeting!

Joyfully Serving,
Marsha Martin
2013/2014 Sec/Tres