MAY: Final Meeting on May 3rd!
Our last meeting of the year was held yesterday. We now have 3 new officers for next year: Erin Gerety, President; Inaya Mohammed, Secretary & Emily Voykovic, Project Manager. They have been active this year and learned a lot about the club; they will do a great job! Please support and help them as much as you can throughout the year. Mrs. Reason will be your sponsor again next year.
We said goodbye to our seniors who are graduating this year. Seven of them will be wearing the Octagon Honor Cords at graduation. This represents at least 100 hours (or 25 per year) of community service! They have helped make a difference in so many ways in their time at HHS. We are proud of their work, value their friendship and will miss them.. Emily Sirmans and Brittany Ryals were were each awarded a $500. scholarship from the Optimist. Congratulations to them both!
Thanks to everyone who brought snacks yesterday – they were enjoyed as always. A special thanks to Mrs. Reason who brought a beautiful cake congratulating the seniors and myself on our ‘graduation’.
On a personal note, thanks to all of you who have made working with Octagon such a great and memorable experience. It has helped me to grow as a teacher and a volunteer. I believe that service throughout our life – wherever we are – will not only contribute to a cause, but make us better as a person. It always helps you to grow and think outside of yourself and widen your world view. I will think of you all often and miss you, but pray for the best for each of you. Mrs. Auger
APRIL: After a short meeting, 11 brave members endured the heat and humidity to pick up 6 bags of trash for Adopt-A-Mile sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful. It was a great effort and really made our mile east of the school look neat and clean.
The next meeting will be May 3rd to elect officers and say goodbye to our seniors.
MARCH: “Awash with Love” Project
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, 3/8 in the Media Center. We will be working on 2 service projects: letters to senior citizens in nursing homes and Adopt-A-Mile. You can choose to work on one (or both) and get service credit.
We will also finish collecting toiletry items. They will be given to Sweetwater Mission who in turn supplies families and individuals with the items. This is a great chance to hit the local dollar store and get items like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine products, combs and brushes, soap and other similar items. Feel free to drop them by the Media Center any time before the meeting if you want.
Seniors can also apply for the Judy Bentley Scholarship award. Mrs. Bentley taught here and was the original Octagon Club sponsor. Any application should be submitted by April 1st. Copies of the application give you all the information you need and are available in Mrs. Auger’s office.
FEBRUARY: “Awash with Love” Begins!
February 8th is our next meeting and we are excited to have a special guest speaker, Mrs. Penny Warren. Mrs. Warren was the Social Worker at Harrison for years as well as the sponsor for Octagon. It will be a great time to hear her perspective on giving and community service.
We are also going to begin collecting toiletry items at the next meeting through the March 8th meeting. These will be given to Sweetwater Mission who in turn supplies families and individuals with the items. This is a great chance to hit the local dollar store and get items like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine products, combs and brushes, soap and other similar items. Feel free to drop them by the Media Center any time.
This is a big need at Sweetwater – let’s see how much we can help meet that need!
OPTIMIST DAY is February 2nd! Please wear your Optimist shirt to show your support. I have the new shirts in if you want to come pick up yours.
2016-2017 Optimist International Essay Contest entries are due this month!
This contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give you a chance to develop your views around a central idea expressed in written form. Participants have a chance to win a college scholarship!
The topic this year is: “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”. You will need to write a 700-800 page essay on this topic. It will need to be submitted near the end of the month to our local Optimist contact, Mr. Mayhew. We will give you more details about this at the next meeting.
More information and the application can be found at
DECEMBER: We have two great events sponsored by the Optimist that take place this month:
VOLUNTEER LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
The YMCA is sponsoring an educational seminar on RX Drug & Heroin Abuse with Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens. It will include a panel discussion with expert guests focused on how this epidemic is destroying lives in our neighborhoods. He will be speaking on 12/4 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Northwest Family YMCA. Childcare is available for younger children.
OUR NEXT MEETING….
December: We will meet one week earlier than usual – on Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 3:30. It is such busy month at school and for the club, we want to be sure to get together before the rush. We will have our annual Christmas party and bring stocking stuffer gifts for other teens that are in the DFCS system.
You can purchase gifts that you would like to see in your stocking. Some of the ideas that were mentioned are: Packs of gum, mints or candy, and ornament, earbuds or chargers, socks (you could buy and 6 pack of good socks and they will be divided among 6 stockings, Chapstick or lip gloss, small colognes, nail polish, yo-yos or Hotwheel toys, a deck of Uno or playing cards, $5 gift cards to places like Starbucks, Wendys, McDonalds, etc…or something like Frosty coupons. Please get what you can and we will bring them all to the 12/7 meeting and then get them to DFCS.
Feel free to bring items by the Media Center and I will store them for you until our Christmas party/meeting.
Also, please bring a snack to the Christmas meeting. It will help make it a fun meeting!
NOVEMBER: We will meet on Wednesday, 11/9 in the Media Center. You will have a choice of volunteer activities. We will be doing Adopt-A-Mile or working on blankets for a homeless shelter.
Many of you have participated in some of the wonderful volunteer opportunities we have had this month. We had beautiful princesses dancing with kids at Trunk or Treat and they loved it!! Seven of you helped kids enjoy a great day at Boo at the Zoo and another member was a huge help at Track or Treat. Thanks for all your help…it does make a difference in other lives!
OCTOBER MEETING UPDATE:
Thanks to all of you who came and helped make it a great meeting! We wrote 50 letters to soldiers that will be delivered to the Bert Show soon. If you have some to turn in or want to do a few more this week, please feel free to get some paper from Mrs. Auger. They will need to be in by this Friday. We also have 3 dozen treat bags to give DFCS to give to foster children in their facility. We were able to provide around $150.00 of food for them to give to children in their care for the day while they are between their home and foster care. This will be a great help to the Nanny/Manny Brigade as they provide a caring place for these children.
OCTOBER: The meeting will be held in the Media Center at 3:30 on 10/12. Certain deadlines required us to change our plans and do Adopt-A-Mile in November.
We will be having 2 great service projects during our meeting time. Most of you were here for the last meeting and heard Mrs. Roberds (representing the Nanny/Manny brigade) speak about the needs of the children that come to the Dept. of Family and Children’s Services. They almost always don’t have anything but the clothes on their backs and need food while they are awaiting housing arrangements. We are going to buy food to give Mrs. Roberd’s Nanny Manny group that they will distribute to children as needed. (They do not need it bagged, so we won’t be doing that.) We will be bagging some gift bags though that they can give out for Halloween week or at any other time with some goodies and small toys.
Our other project for this meeting will be to write letters to soldiers. These will be given to the folks at the Bert Show who will then forward them to our servicemen all around the world. It is a great, easy way to make a difference in one of their days.
While we work on these projects, we will be able to talk about T-shirts (anyone got a new design?!), future projects and upcoming events.
Speaking of events…these are coming in October. See Mrs. Auger if you want to sign up for one or both or need more info.
October 23 – Sunday from 11-4 pm: Boo at the Zoo annual event sponsored by the District Jr. Optimist. Volunteers will escort costumed characters around the zoo, hand out candy and help with arts and crafts at Zoo Atlanta’s most spooktacular event of the year.
This is a great event, but there a few things you need to know…. Please note that this will be on a Sunday (only day they could get), and you will be responsible for your own transportation. There are information sheets and forms to be filled out and I will have those for you at the next meeting.
The Volunteer Liability Release and the Permission for One Day Activity forms will need to be filled out and carried to the Zoo when you attend the event.
October 28 – Friday from 6-8 pm: Vaughan Elementary Monster Mash – Help with selling tickets, distributing pizza and popcorn and general help with the event. All students and staff will be in costumes, so you can too. It is a fun night and great way to help Vaughan.
We will be meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 3:30 in the Media Center. We are having a guest speaker and doing a service project during the meeting. (You will receive service hour credit toward your Octagon graduation cord too.)