Tucker Optimist Club Combines Yard Sale With Barbecue
For the first time, the Tucker Optimist Club offered a yard sale in conjunction with the barbecue sale fundraiser on June 8, 2013. The profits for the barbecue sale go to the Childhood Cancer Campaign and to local projects.
The club members are becoming well-trained in all aspects of planning, cooking and serving barbecue dinners. The day of the barbecue starts at 3 am when a local cafeteria owner delivers the meat to the bbq pits for cooking. Several die-hard members and volunteers are there to start the coals to begin cooking the pork Boston butts. While telling stories of past cooking experiences, they keep an eye on the sizzling pork and start getting ready to barbecue chicken.
As the sun begins to rise other members show up to help with preparation of the baked beans and the chicken. The logistics of the food serving line are analyzed and fine tuned. When serving time begins, the assembly line starts up, and soon-to-be-satisfied customers pick up lunch or dinner.
The yard sale was a new experience for our club. Members and community donated clothing, toys, books, furniture, and various other items for the club to sell. Business was brisk, and the club added several hundred dollars to the operating fund.
Near the end of the day, chicken, pork, beans, slaw, and bread were packed up and taken to two local fire stations. The firemen were happy to be the beneficiaries of some great food and to know Optimists appreciate their work.