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August 2016

Letter from the President
Our esteemed and often-quoted forefather, Benjamin Franklin, once said, "When you're finished changing, you're finished."

Remember those days in our late childhood when we couldn't wait to grow up and be an adult? How little did we know then about the "dark side" of the adult world: the bills, the mortgages, the frustrating bosses, and the insurance nightmares. At that point, "growing up" signified the end of changing and the beginning of living life solely by our own rules. It wasn't long before we realized how many times adults have to adapt their expectations--to change--in order to actually "adult" successfully.

Our club is in the same position today. We've build our name and our reputation in the Clayton community on our tradition of selling Christmas trees and holiday wreaths on the old Famous lot. As a matter of fact, we've been there long enough that a large portion of our customers don't even know there ever was a stand-alone Famous Barr in Clayton.

After many years in stasis, the Clayton community was fortunate enough (okay, the fortune in this is up to heated debate among residents) to sell the old Famous parcel and other land to Centene for their corporate development plans. The St. Louis area is blessed to be the future recipient of more Centene dollars and their faith in our community.

This business dealing proves that the Clayton community is far from finished. Furthermore, it has raised the question to our club, asking us if we are finished changing. We are faced with the challenge of acquiring a new location in a thriving corporate community, full of developing and soon-to-be developed areas. As I write this, I do not know the specifics of our answer, but I can assure you the Optimist Club of Clayton is not finished. We will continue to grow, to interact with the community, and to support a variety of youth programming for years to come.

The board will be meeting to determine where we will hold our tree lot for 2016 and how we will remain an active support system for all the groups and organizations who rely on us. We are far from finished. As always, we will communicate our decisions to you in our meetings. If you have any questions or if I can help you in any way, send me an email or call me.

Optimistically yours,


Upcoming Meetings/Events
September 6, 2016, No Club Meeting

September 18, 2016, 3:00 PM, Club Family Picnic
Shaw Park – South Pavilion

September 27, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
Guest speakers from Clayton and Bishop DuBourg High School Robotics will be joining us. Also, we will have a guest from the Epworth Center.

This n’ That
Fun with Words
• Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
• Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."
• The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
• The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.
• Typewriter, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
• The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
• "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
• A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
• Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head".

The following members joined our club in August:
Steve Creamer – 20 years
Henry Graham – 14 years
Chuck Gilpin – 14 years
Bob Lilly – 14 years
Marvin Hill – 2 years

Quote of the Momth: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin