Optimist Club starts up

To the editor:

The Marshall Area Optimist Club, chartered June 24 to join in service to the Marshall area, had its first meeting July 9 at noon at the Pizza Ranch. The charter club, whose motto is “Friend of Youth,” is part of Optimist International out of St. Louis, Mo., with clubs in the Dakotas, Manitoba and Minnesota.

Residents willing to take time out of their busy schedules to develop programs for the kids of their city are special people and may have a major impact on these young lives. The club builders representing the DMM District, Don Clausen of the New Ulm Optimist Club formed in 1997 and Jack Dyvig of the Sioux Falls Morning Club formed in 1956, give special thanks to this group of charter members. They have developed by-laws and elected officers to serve until Sept. 30, 2015, when the Optimist year ends.

They choose a time and place for their meeting with the representative of Optimist International, James Meyers of Bloomington.

Their objective will be to develop activities for the youth of Marshall that they feel need to be addressed and to develop a program that raises funds to support the activities, along with the major help of the Optimist International Foundation.

Don Clauson

Fairfax