I was living in Auburn, Alabama and coming to visit my Mother who was staying with my sister Mary Still, in Tucker, Georgia. Since I would come visit on weekends, Mary invited me to the Tucker Optimist Club meeting that was on Saturday mornings at the local Piccadilly. I used to be involved with another civic organization and I was very interested in what the Optimist did for kids and their community. Soon I became a member of the Tucker Optimist Club! I would leave Auburn, Alabama on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. Central time so I could make it to the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time Tucker Optimist Club meeting. I did this for almost three years until I relocated to the Atlanta area.
Mary has helped me grow so much through Optimist. Since January 31, 2012, I have served as District PGI Chair two times, currently I’m serving as President of the Tucker Optimist Club for the third time, President of Hope 4 Kids for the second time, District Optimist International Foundation Representative and District Social Media Chair. In the 9 years I have also served as a Lt. Governor twice, President of the YaYa Xpress Optimist Club, was treasurer of the YaYa club and a NCB Field Representative since 2016. I have traveled to many Optimist International Conventions with Mary.
Thank you Mary Still for introducing me to the Optimist organization.
Become a member of Optimist International! Develop a more positive, fulfilling outlook on life! Membership provides you with exclusive access to an organization dedicated to helping you become a better person.
Presentation by Steve Dennis, John Maxwell Team Director
Optimist Club of Tucker in conjunction with Optimist International invite YOU to SHOW US! Children ages 11 and younger are invited to enter our Visual Arts contest with a painting or drawing depicting what makes them happy. Youth ages 12-18 are invited to show us their optimism by choosing a line from the Optimist Creed and bringing it to life in a photograph. Applications can be downloaded at optimist.org/member/activities1.cfm
March 20, 2021 is the International Day of Happiness. To celebrate this day, the Tucker Optimist Club is helping the community and the kids of Tucker with a virtual and drive by Food and Diaper Drive for Networks Cooperative Ministry. Let’s put smiles on lots of faces in Tucker!
In celebration of Optimist Day this year, the Tucker Optimist club chose to prepare and donate 50 Suitcases of Love for Foster Children to Wellroot Family Services in Tucker, GA. Members of the club gathered on the Saturday before Optimist Day to organize the bags and contents. A soft blanket, a keychain emoji, and a luggage tag were added to each duffle bag. The luggage tag contained a blank card so the child could personalize their tag. Delivery of the bags was on Thursday, February 4th, Optimist Day.
Thank you to all the club members for this project!
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!
This contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent. There is no minimum age. Essays must be typewritten and double-spaced and contain not less than 700 and no more than 800 words. Works of fiction or poetry are not eligible.
Required items with entry:
Optimist International Essay Contest Application for 2020-2021 -Must be signed by contestant and parent or guardian
Legible copy of birth certificate or passport
Typed copy of essay
Submit by February 22, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Club winner advances to the Zone contest to compete.
Tucker Optimist celebrated their golden anniversary for 50 years on May 30th, 2020. In honor of this anniversary the club decided to give back to the Tucker community with holding a drive thru food drive for one of our local food banks, Networks Ministry, after a short parade through Tucker. We collected over 850 pounds of food and $700 donation for Network Ministries! Tucker Optimists could not be prouder for our socially distanced volunteers in masks and staying 6 feet away to gather donations from our friends and family of the Optimists’ members.
Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it. Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Safety, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization’s scholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). In addition, Optimist International encourages involvement in several other community activities: Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence Youth Appreciation Youth Safety Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Annually, six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs. Some of the ways the Tucker Optimist Club helps the kids in Tucker: Holiday food baskets Oratorical Contests and Essay Contests Tucker Day Parade “Smart Lunch — Smart Kids” and “Lunch Buddies” Our big fundraiser is a barbecue we have twice a year! Come join us. Check the events calendar on this page for the next meeting. We currently meet by Zoom. Let’s do more for the kids of Tucker! Bring your ideas and join us for great fellowship, great cause, great fun with a great club! Kathy Forster
The Tucker Optimist Club is encouraging area students to consider the subject “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2020. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” and determine the top winners. The club winning essays will be sent to the district level where $2,500.00 college scholarships are available for top winners.
“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President LeVette Brown said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.” The Tucker Optimist Club has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for over 40 years and has been active in the community since 1970. Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting LeVette Brown at 678-935-6308. Deadline for submission is January 20, 2020. Students must complete the application form and present proof of age. To download the rules and application, click here. Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 2,500 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.