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April 2016

Letter from the President
"You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness." Anne Frank

Dear Friends,

This month's letter has come together rather serendipitously for me this afternoon. I was staring at the Anne Frank quote on my computer screen, totally blanking on what else I was going to share with you. Then one of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who volunteer here weekly, Sister Vincella, came into my office. She shared the following, which could not have fit better with Anne Frank's sentiment if she'd tried:

In this time of crisis, war, and global warming, we can look and find many ways to be optimistic. First and foremost, is God, who in tremendous love for us created a beautiful world. There are also the people who surround us. Each person brings their own unique gift and talents to somehow brighten our days. In the long run, it's the gifts that surround us that helps us stay positive and optimistic.

How wonderful is this reminder? Yes, we are all capable of showering kindness on those around us. It takes so little time and effort and, as Sister Vincella reminds us, this kindness is a powerful gift. A simple act of kindness goes a long way to helping the recipient experience the power of optimism. I encourage you to remember this in all your interactions.

Optimistically Yours,


Upcoming Meetings/Events
May 3, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
Our Club and Regional Oratorical contest winners, Isabella and Olivia Dixon, will be joining us to deliver their speeches.

May 17, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
We will be presenting the Paul “Doc” Cornelius and Dick Calhoon scholarships.

This n’ That
Anne Frank Interesting Facts
• Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but her family moved to Amsterdam in the early 1930s when the Nazis gained control.
• Anne Frank wrote most of her diary in the form of letters to a person named “Kitty”.
• Anne Frank and seven others remained in hiding for 2 years in the ‘Secret Annex”, a small apartment behind her father’s business in Amsterdam.
• Anne Frank's concentration camp was liberated by British troops just weeks after her death
• Anne Frank’s sister, Margot, also had a diary. It was never found.
• Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barbara Walters were all born in the same year.
• Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, survived Auschwitz and died in 1980 of lung cancer.
• Otto Frank was give Anne Frank’s diary by Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who helped hide the Franks.


The club would to wish Valerie Bacon and Chuck Gilpin a Happy Birthday!

Chris Arps and Paul Baldwin joined our club 13 years ago! Melissa Garcia and Terry Sparks joined 2 years ago!

Quote of the Momth: “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank