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October 2016

Letter from the President
My fellow Optimists,
It's hard to believe it's been a year since I first started writing these letters. Despite all the recent ups and downs we've endured with our tree lot, you've all remained optimistic and have helped our club move forward.
Our inductions earlier this month were beautiful. As we came together to celebrate a new year of our club's leadership, we spent a lovely evening enjoying an Italian dinner and each other. Thank you to all who were able to come out to celebrate the Optimist Club of Clayton.
Please keep Optimist Roger Drone in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. While he is in the ICU, he is making considerable progress.
I look forward to seeing you all at our next two meetings, the last we will have this calendar year. On November 1st, we will come together to put the finishing touches on the logistics of our new lot location. Then, on November 15th, we will label and stamp our postcards notifying former customers of our new location for the same great tradition.
Optimistically yours,

Upcoming Meetings/Events
November 1, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
Tree lot planning and discussion.

November 15, 2016, 6:00 PM at Fallon’s Restaurant
Tree lot postcard mailing.

November 19, 2016, 10:00 AM, Tree Lot Setup

November 21, 2016, Tress Arrive

November 25, 2016, Tree Lot Opens

This n’ That
Fun Turkey Facts
• The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
• The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
• A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
• The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
• Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
• Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
• Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
• Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
• Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
• A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
• Turkeys have poor night vision.
• It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
• A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.
• In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
• Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
• Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

Happy Birthday to Becky Davidson, Paul Baldwin and Marvin Hill!

Dave Ryan joined our club 25 years ago and Jennifer Adams one year ago!

Quote of the Momth: “Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.” – Arthur Helps