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July 2016

Letter from the President
My Fellow Optimists,

If you attended the July 19th meeting, you heard me share a bit about how our Optimist Creed helps me get through the pain and frustration of all the violence in the world around us. I'm sure it does the same for you, and I'm interested in learning which particular lines speak to you the most. I'd like to breathe new life into our online presence by featuring member quotes on how our Creed brings optimism into your daily life.

I'll start.

In my daily life--at work, with family, in my home, with my friends, and out in public--I focus on thinking only the best, working only for the best, and expecting only the best. Whether I'm counselling teenage girls at work or sitting in the snarls of Kingshighway traffic, I strive to put aside petty frustrations to focus on how I can impact the situation around me. If I can't, I find a positive spin, repeat it to myself until I actually believe it, and move on with my life.

Which line from our Creed carries you through your daily grind? Email your thoughts to me at echristman@rosati-kain.org. Let me know if you're not comfortable with me using your first name when sharing online.

And now, before you get on with the rest of your inbox, take one minute and ten seconds to watch this video, entitled "10 Signs You're Doing Well in Life (Even If You Don't Feel Like It)." I know it brightened my morning, and I hope it does the same for you.

Optimistically Yours,

Liz


Upcoming Meetings/Events
August 2, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
We will have guest speakers from Bishop DuBourg Robotics, Home Works and St. Paul Saturday joining us.

August 16, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
Our guest speakers will be from Camp Penuel, 4 H Youth Futures and Culture Leadership.


This n’ That
Back to School Fun Facts
• In 1995, approximately 50% of American schools had Internet access. Today,that number is 100%.
• The oldest public school in the United States is Boston’s Latin School, which was founded on April 23, 1635. Five of the 56 signer of the Declaration of Independence were Latin School graduates, including Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and William Hopper.
• Of the 10 largest high school gymnasiums in America, nine are in Indiana.
• According to a study done by Yale University, the smell of a crayon ranks #18 on the list of most recognizable scents for adults.
• The US has 4,409 colleges and universities.
• There are over 7.4 million teachers, and 2.9 million work at elementary and middle schools.


Announcements

The club would to wish Melissa Garcia, Terry Sparks and Bob Lilly a Happy Birthday!

Quote of the Momth: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale