Every year at Christmas the Tucker Optimists are preparing our food gift baskets for families in need in Tucker. These families are selected among the students at Tucker High School, Henderson Middle School, and Freedom Middle School. The Optimists have a goal to supply 35 food baskets this season at a cost of around $50 each. Each basket fills a pantry with staple items as well as a turkey and an inexpensive family game. You can help by clicking below to adopt a deserving family for $50, or contribute whatever you can.
The Tucker Optimist Club is encouraging area students to consider the subject “When All the World’s Problems Are Solved, Is Optimism Still Necessary?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2019.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “When All the World’s Problems Are Solved, Is Optimism Still Necessary” and determine the top winners. Local winners will receive cash awards and 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 15, 2019. 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.
Tucker Optimist Club offers Barbecue Takeout in Tucker
The Tucker Optimist Club offers our fall barbecue fundraiser on November 3, 2018. The profits for the barbecue sale go to local youth-oriented projects. The chopped pork plates and half-a-chicken plates will be available at the barbecue pit across from the Tucker post office. Plates will sell for $10, but you may pre-order a whole butt for $40. The event will run from 11:00 AM until 3 PM, unless we sell out early.
The day of the barbecue starts at 4 am when the local cafeteria owner delivers the meat to the BBQ pits for cooking. Members are there to start the coals to begin cooking the pork Boston butts.
As the sun begins to rise the other members show up to help with preparation of the baked beans, cole slaw, and the chicken. When serving time begins, the assembly line starts up, and soon-to-be-satisfied customers pick up lunch or dinner.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.
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What Optimist Clubs Do
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
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 the 1st and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM at Matthew Cafeteria. Let’s do more for the kids of Tucker! Bring your ideas and join us for great food, great fellowship, great cause, great fun with a great club!
The International Week of Service is a chance for service organizations around the globe to partner with one another to make a big difference in their communities.
Participating is easy! Invite another local service organization to help with your previously scheduled service project during the last week of March, or start working with an organization and plan an event together. Make sure to share all your photos and stories with us below and on social media by using the hashtag: #WeekofService2017
Members of the Tucker Optimist Club volunteered this summer to help prepare lunches for area children who participate in the school lunch program. Each time we helped make sack lunches for 200 to 250 children. One of the times we helped was in conjunction with the Tucker Civic Association (TCA), the other two times with a neighborhood group. The picture is from the TCA event.