West Flint Optimist Club – 6/20/24 Newsletter

West Flint Optimist Club – 6/20/24 Newsletter

12 of us gathered this morning for a meeting that had originally been suspended: we thought that we would have an informal gathering at the Summerfest tent site, but we got enough done last night to allow us to have a “regular” meeting at Valley’s before the work and fun ramp up for tonight’s start of the weekend-long event. (See photo above for a view of some of our volunteers with Governor-Elect Sean Mueller in the back row wearing a black shirt! The photo at the end of this article shows the event getting under way.)

HUGE  CHANGE: Valley’s is closing for the month of at least July for remodeling of their physical space and reformatting of their menus and service model. We will be suspending our meetings for July 4 (not unusual for the holiday) and July 11. On July 18, we will resume meeting at Liberty on Person Road and will continue meeting weekly at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at that location until further notice!

Steve Schlott gave a short history of our introduction and entry into collaboration with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, noting that Mike Butts initiated Karen Gasperosky’s presentation to the Club and that 401 beds have been built and placed to date in the homes where children needed them. A Build Day is scheduled at Dort Financial Event Center for July 29 – please plan to attend/support!

Cindy Sullivan has volunteered to have the August Board Meeting/Steak Grill at her home – more info to follow!

A few frivolous fines were assessed by the group that was eager to go pick up  tables and chairs for the beverage tent, and  the  “50/50 Progressive Pot” grew to $410, but it continues to grow after Phil Holmblade drew a Spade instead of the Queen of Diamonds.

Until next time, “Promise Yourself…”

Join Us at Flushing SummerFest 2024

Join Us at Flushing SummerFest 2024

The West Flint Optimist Club is excited to announce our participation in the Flushing SummerFest by hosting a Beer Tent to raise funds for local children’s charities. The Beer Tent will be open from Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22, offering an incredible lineup of entertainment, Michigan craft beers, and fine wines. Here’s a detailed look at what we have planned for this fantastic event.

Event Schedule

Thursday, June 20

  • Open Hours: 5 PM – 10 PM
  • Entertainment: Elisabeth Christe, a renowned country music performer, will grace the tent from 7 PM until close. Enjoy her soulful tunes while you sip on your favorite drinks.

Friday, June 21

  • Open Hours: 5 PM – 11 PM
  • Entertainment: The band Sunset Blvd will be performing live on the Bandshell stage from 7 PM to 10 PM. Dance the night away to their rockin’ tunes from the 80’s.

Saturday, June 22

  • Open Hours: Noon – 11 PM
  • Events:
    • Cornhole Tournament: Sponsored by SisCo Salon & Spa, the tournament will start at noon right in front of the stage. Bring your A-game and compete for fun and prizes.
    • Elton John Tribute Band: Experience the magic of Elton John’s music from 7 PM to 10 PM in the Bandshell. A show not to be missed!

What’s on Offer

At our Beer Tent, we’ll be serving a selection of Michigan craft beers and fine wines. All proceeds from the sales will directly support local children’s charities, making your enjoyment contribute to a worthy cause.

Raffle Prize

Don’t miss out on our exciting raffle! You could win a red Yeti Cooler worth $450. The proceeds from the raffle will be split between the Flushing Christian Outreach Center and Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Flushing. It’s a fantastic opportunity to support these vital community organizations.

Community Support

The West Flint Optimist Club is grateful for the assistance from workers at the Crim Foundation’s CANUSA Games, Whaley Children’s Center, Flushing Christian Outreach Center, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Their support is invaluable in making this fundraiser a success.

Our Sponsors

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors for their generous support. Their contributions are crucial in helping us achieve our mission.

Diamond Sponsors:

  • Staley’s Plumbing Heating & A/C
  • Edward Jones
  • SisCo Salon & Spa
  • Trackside Café
  • Teachout Security
  • Signs by Crannie
  • Red Fox Realty
  • Macksoods
  • Clark’s Greenhouse & Nursery
  • Collagen LLC
  • Alternative Elderly Care
  • John & Theresa Farah

Gold Sponsors:

  • Innovative Tech Solutions
  • The Gym For Her
  • Michael Goulet
  • Cindy Sullivan – Huntington Bank
  • Advantage Intelligent Marketing

Silver Sponsors:

  • Church & Sons Auto
  • I Can Market That!!
  • Mitch Hoffman CPA
  • The Pig & The Hen
  • Rossell Funeral Home
  • Downtown Designz
  • Dr. Jack & Diane Medemar
  • John Costa

Bronze Sponsors:

  • IT Travel Services
  • Teran Dental

About the West Flint Optimist Club

The West Flint Optimist Club is dedicated to serving the community, particularly focusing on the needs and development of children. Through various projects and initiatives, we strive to make a positive impact and foster a supportive environment for the youth in our area.

For more information about our club and our mission, please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at the Flushing SummerFest! Join us in making this event a memorable one while supporting a great cause.


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Newsletter – June 4, 2024

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Community Events

Volunteers wanted for “Build Day”!!

Volunteers wanted for “Build Day”!!

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A FIRST for the West Flint Optimist Club!

A FIRST for the West Flint Optimist Club!

In a "red-letter day" for the West Flint Optimists at the December 28 Breakfast Meeting, Lieutenant Governor Bill Reaves (far left in photo) is shown leading the recitation of vows for new and Board-approved members Natalie Fox (2nd in photo), owner of Red Fox Realty,...

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