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B'ville Optimists seek applicants

The Baldwinsville Optimist Club, affiliated with Optimist International, and involved with the Baldwinsville youth and community for 45 years, is having a special membership/volunteer drive in 2011. Any adult in the greater Baldwinsville community is eligible to be a member of the club.

Ordinarily, new members would have to pay an initiation fee and annual dues. These two amounts will be waved for the first year of membership/volunteer-ship in 2011- 12 so that anyone interested in joining the club can test the waters, so to speak, and see if the club is meant for them.

What is the Baldwinsville Optimist Club? It's a community service club dedicated to providing activities and help for the youth of Baldwinsville in particular and to the Baldwinsville community in general. Some of our activities include: the Halloween window painting of area retail and businesses by grade school children; at least one college scholarship to a senior in the Baldwinsville community; honoring a high school student of the month with dinner, certificate and U.S. Savings Bond; sponsoring a little league team and scout troop; having a basketball foul shooting contest for area youth; helping and providing gifts with the Baldwinsville Police Department and its bicycle safety rodeo; assisting with the Party after the Ball for Seniors at Baker High School; and providing ice cream socials for senior citizens during the summer months.

The B'ville Optimist Club does not regulate its members with fines or duties. We do ask that members participate in at least one or two fund raising activities and one or two of our youth/community activities during the year. We meet once a month at a dinner meeting (except for summer months) to socialize, discuss upcoming activities, hear a guest speaker and honor a high school student of the month.

If interested in joining and participating, prospective applicants can either call Donald Varn (638-2939) or email him at dnldvarn@yahoo.com for an application and more information about the club. Prospective members and volunteers can also ask for an application via mail by requesting an application at P.O. Box 141, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

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