DUBLIN — The Troy Noon Optimists won first place in the Ohio District Optimist Community Projects Awards last weekend in Dublin.
The local project placed in competition was the Walk of Remembrance, the placement of 115 American flags on the Miami River levee in celebration of last September’s Patriot Day/911. The chair of this project, Pat Morris, along with committee members Rob Davey and Nevin Fessler were presented the award by Steve Hamman, Ohio District Lt. Governor.
Jay Wackler initiated the idea, and the committee worked with the city of Troy offices, The Miami Conservancy District and other organizations to arrange for members of the club to drive sleeves into the ground on the levee to receive the flags. The Troy Noon Optimist Club is planning for the return of the flag display in September 2017.
Other awards received by the Troy club came from Optimist International President Dave Bruns in naming the Troy Noon Optimists an Honor Club for the 2015-16 year. Bruns commended the leaders and members of the club who “work each day to make the world a better place — one child and one community at a time.” This award was presented as a result of reporting the club’s activities, membership and projects to the Optimist International offices in St. Louis, Mo.
A third award for club achievement was brought home from the Great Ohio District Conference as a response for participation at the state level in leadership training, supporting and implementing local projects focused on youth, financial support of the Optimist International Foundation at the national level, and scholarship support to be given to winners of Optimist programs, such as the oratorical, essay, communication contests for the hearing impaired, and others.
Troy Noon Optimist Club activities center on projects that fit the club’s focus as “Friend of Youth.” Upcoming programs that welcome community participation include a 60th year club anniversary gathering for present and past members, and for interested residents in March; May will bring a “Wings on Strings” kite fly for all area youth at WACO Field; Memorial Day sees the return of the Avenue of Flags on area streets and roads; Troy Noon Optimists will be 2017 sponsors of the Strawberry Festival Junior Golf Tournament, and games for youth will be provided downtown at the Strawberry Festival.
Troy Optimists meet weekly on Mondays at noon at LaPiazza on the downtown square. For more information, contact members through Facebook, or visit the Troy Noon Optimist Club website.