Optimist Club meeting set for Thursday
A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Tonganoxie Public Library, Third and Bury streets, in a continuing effort to establish an Optimist Club chapter in Tonganoxie.
Last Thursday an informational meeting was held at Mutual Savings.
In attendance for the meeting were: Peggy Ingle, governor of the Kansas District; Rod Obermeier, governor-elect of the Kansas District; Kit Kelley, lieutenant governor, zone 3; Kieth Bodine, Topeka Sunrise North Optimist Club and district new club building chair; as well as three people from Tonganoxie — Jennifer Gumbel, Ryan Wheatcroft and Stacy Fanning.
Those three people were the first charter members of the Tonganoxie Optimist Club. They have provided applications and $30 charter member fees to the organization.
Gumbel will hold the applications and fees until all applications can be submitted to Optimist International in St. Louis.
The organization requires 25 members join in order to charter the new club.
Brochures and invitations are available from Gumbel and Wheatcroft at Mutual Savings, 403 E. Fourth in Tonganoxie.
At the most recent meeting, an informational DVD was shown that detailed Optimist International programs that would be made available to Tonganoxie youth with a new Optimist Club.
Bodine then discussed how he and his family have benefited from involvement with his Optimist Clubs and his work on the international level, having served as past district governor and past international vice president, among other offices.