Tucker Optimist Club offers the Best Barbecue in Tucker!
The Tucker Optimist Club offers our spring barbecue fundraiser on Saturday, May 19, 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 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 club members are well-organized in all aspects of planning, cooking and serving barbecue dinners. The day of the barbecue starts at 3 am when the Matthews cafeteria owner delivers the meat to the BBQ pits for cooking. Several members are there to start the coals to begin cooking the pork Boston butts. They keep an eye on the sizzling pork and start getting ready to barbecue chicken.
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.
The Tucker Optimist Club is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Can Society Function Without Respect?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2018.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “Can Society Function Without Respect?” 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 Christy Buss 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 30 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 Christy Buss at 470-299-4916. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2018. 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 2,900 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.
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.
Our club worked with the Tucker Civic Association to clean up the South Fork Peachtree Creek. It was a cool, brisk day for the volunteers who came to clean up the area. The volunteers were divided into two groups to cover the area. Over 65 tires were collected, a couch, shopping carts, golf club 5 iron, a recliner, a lobster trap (are there lobsters in South Fork Peachtree Creek???) and lots of trash!