Thursday, July 20, 2017

Here is Heidi Henry from the Center for Non-Profit Stewardship, telling your Lebanon Optimists about what the CNPS does to help empower nonprofits with education in sound financial, administrative, and organizational stewardship. If you are part of a non-profit, these great folks can help your cause succeed!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here is one of our own, Leigh Matthews Bock, telling your Lebanon Optimists about the wonderful, powerful, and meaningful work that the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight does to honor those who fought for our country. Along with Paul, a Korean War Veteran now residing in the Lebanon Veterans Home, Leigh presented a moving video about how Honor Flight brings our aged warriors back to our Nation's capital and recognizes them for their sacrifice. It was truly touching to see how meaningful the Honor Flight is to our veterans. Please help this great cause by donating, volunteering to be a Guardian that accompanies each veteran, and by helping them find veterans!

If you know a veteran that hasn't been honored with an Honor Flight, please let us know right away so we can get them the recognition they deserve.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here is one of our own, Bobby Williams from the ABC House, telling your Lebanon Optimists about the tough but unfortunately needed work the ABC House takes on to rescue, recover, and advocate for the kids and teens that face sexual abuse. The tragic reality some children face is horrible, but the ABC House works incessantly to fight the abuse some kids face and help those kids go on to live great lives. They also strive to prevent these abuses through education. You can support the ABC House with your volunteering, your donations, or by joining in their Runway Pumpkin Half Marathon & 8k on July 7th.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Please join us in welcoming your newest Lebanon Optimist, Kate Lacy!

Here is one of our own, Rose DixonBarry, telling your Lebanon Optimists about Lebanon's "Santiam Excursion Trains", Lebanon's premiere on-going event/attraction and a huge supporter of the Lebanon Community. You can ride their trains from Lebanon to Sweet Home and back, with food and beverages, almost every week! Check them out at santiamexcursiontrains.com and see what all the buzz is about!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Here is one of our own, Leah Wolfenbarger, telling us about the Junior Optimists Youth Attitude Award (JOYA Awards) that Lebanon started in 1997 and have gone on to be an example for the entire Optimists International. We spotlight students with great optimistic attitudes with recognition in their school as well as an annual award ceremony where dignitaries come to honor our optimistic youth. The kids get an ice cream social after, and become eligible for a JOYA scholarship when they graduate.

This wonderful program is something we are very proud of starting and continuing. We raise money with our annual Strawberry Pancake Breakfast as well as our new raffle! You can support this amazing program directly by contacting us, or buy raffle and pancake tickets from an Optimist member.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here is Dala Johnson, Lebanon Police Officer and one of our own, representing her Blue Angels team and the Linn County Partners for Crime Prevention, telling your Lebanon Optimists about Child Abuse Awareness month and what they are doing to spread awareness and stop child abuse. You'll notice Lebanon has been turned blue by the hard work of the Blue Angels- it's all for our kids! Know the signs and know what to do if you see them. Contact Dala at the Justice Center to learn more and learn what you can do to help.