"An Optimist has a unique outlook on what is happening around him. Some people say, ' I don't like winter because the days are getting shorter.' But an Optimist would remind you that, 'in just five more days you will know that spring is coming because the days will start getting longer,'" said Susan Ranous, club president. "That also mean you have five more days to buy your Christmas tree."
For more than 40 years, the Baldwinsville Optimist Club has been selling Christmas trees in an effort to raise money for the club.
"We have many lovely trees for sale, so if you do not yet have your tree or want to buy another tree, you need to come over to our lot on Downer Street and purchase one," said Paul Hunt, tree chairman. "The Optimist Club's mission is to support Baldwinsville's young people. We try to provide activities and a supportive community spirit that will enable today's youth to become the leaders of the future."
To ensure these valuable programs continue, the club needs the financial support of all the people in the Baldwinsville School District.
"You and your neighbors need to come down and buy a tree," Hunt said.
Hunt and Tom Schraven have been responsible for coordinating the Christmas Tree Sale for many years, putting a lot of hard work into making this a successful fundraiser. The Christmas Tree sale provides revenue for the bulk of the Optimists' budget.
"We are truly grateful for the time and effort [Hunt and Schraven] put into this project," said Ron Rumpf, past president of the club. "They represent the Optimist spirit to think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best from other people."
The Optimists' Christmas tree lot is next to Rite Aid Drug Store on Downer Street next to Tri-County Mall. The tree lot is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.