Address P.O. Box 1194 Hopewell Va 23860
The Optimist Club of Hopewell announced the top three winners of this
year’s Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s top three
essays were submitted by
Samantha McCracken (first place),John Eliades (second place), and Sean
Wood (third place).
This year’s theme for the contest was “Can Society Function Without
After reading their essays Samantha was presented a check for $100
for first place, John $75 for 2nd place and Sean $50 for third place
from club president Mark Hughes.
Samanthas essay will now be judged at the district level for a
chance to win a $2500 scholarship. The winner of the district
competition will be sent to the international level contest.
"All three students did a wonderful job of articulating this years
theme," said essay chairman Herman Henderson.
Steininger member Hopewell Optimist Club recently received received
the Distinguished Lt. Governor Award
for his leadership duties with Zone 7, Capital
- Virginia District Optimist International.
Hopewell Optimist serving
Breakfast to Hopewell High School Homecoming
Local Optimist Club to Support Young Cancer Patients
Hopewell, Va – The Optimist Club of Hopewell is
helping to support young, local cancer patients by
donating $5000 to John Hopkins University
further efforts for finding a cure for childhood
Funds were raised by holding a 5K run, donations
made to canisters placed in local business
locations,donations by club members
and donations made in memory of deceased club
More children die of cancer than any other disease
today, and the impact the disease has on children
and their families can be devastating,
Club President Mark Hughes said. “With this program,
we hope to assist the families in our community that
are fighting this disease.”
Cancer is the number one disease killing children
today, taking more lives than asthma, diabetes,
cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
Each year about 10,000 kids are diagnosed with
cancer in North America alone, 3000 of whom will die
as a result.
established the Childhood Cancer Campaign (CCC)
in the hopes of bringing greater service to affected
helping to fund research and supporting projects at
the local community level.
The Optimist Club of Hopewell has been supporting
young cancer patients and their families in the
community for 64 years through the
Optimist International Childhood Cancer Campaign,
and the club has been active in the community since
Other programs and service projects that the Club is
involved in include Essay contest, Christmas
Families,Baseball and softball teams,Science Fair,
After prom,Oratorical contest Sports Banquets,
Scholarships, Homecoming and many other events.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest
service club organizations with 75,000 adult and
youth members in 2,600 clubs in the United States,
Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the
The organization’s Childhood Cancer Campaign became
one of its main focuses in 2001, and in 2004,
Optimist International partnered with
Johns Hopkins University to move forward research
for the disease.
Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,”
Optimists conduct positive service projects that
reach more than six million young people each year.
learn more about Optimist International, please call
or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org
or call Dennie Mitchem at 804-586-0475.
Hopewell Optimist Of Year
Hopewell Optimist Officers for 2017-2018.
Vice President Herman Henderson
President- Elect Chris Frink
Secretary- Patrick Henderson
President- Mark Hughes
Treasurer- Jr Mitchem
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Nearing the four decade mark, the Hopewell Optimist Club
Baseball tournament is still swinging,
bringing little league teams throughout the area a chance
For 37 years, the Optimist Club has partnered with
Hopewell’s Park and Recreations Department
to keep the Hopewell tradition going.
The Recreations Department handles the paperwork and
contacting teams to participate in the event.
The Optimist Club prepares the field and handles the
“Many of these coaches are coming back – it’s like a
homecoming for them. We’ve tried our best to
keep up that tradition,” said Howard Henderson.
“Our club really looks forward to being a part of it.”
This year, the scheduling of other tournaments put a
potential roadblock in place for some of the
The Dixie League State Tournament and the BIB Tournament
were on the same dates as the
Optimist Club schedule.
Dixie League rules state a team can only compete in one
tournament at a time to participate
in the state tournament, with Prince George and the
Hopewell All-Stars all going to the state tournament.
The Optimist Club decided to adjust its schedule.
“We didn’t want to exclude some teams that thought they
were going to be in this tournament,
” said Herman Henderson, Optimist Club
Board of Directors and Committee Chair for the
tournament. “We wanted to do our best to do
what we could do for our kids if they win then we would
cross that bridge.”
This year the tournament will be played on back to back
days, instead of held on each weekend
for a series of weeks.
The Tournament will begin on July 22 for the 9 to 10 age
group with a double elimination rule for teams.
Ricky Irby played in the league from 86 to 89, now he’s
one of the coaches for the Hopewell All-Stars and
will be seeing his son,
Jake Irby compete. Irby’s son wouldn’t be able to
participate in the tournament if adjustments to the schedule
weren’t made because
his team will be competing at the state level.
“It’s been going on for years and is well known and well
respected by baseball people all across the regions,
” said Irby.
“My hat goes off to the Optimist Club and Recreation
Department for making adjustments to the schedule
to allow our kids to play.”
The tournament will be held at Mathis Park in the Crystal
Lake area, The games will start at 9 a.m.
Entry for fans is free with concessions
on the field.
“It brings back lots of very fond memories,” said Coach
Irby “It’s pretty awesome that this tournament is
still running strong after all these years!”
Hopewell High School Winter Sports Banquet.
Most Valuable Player
All academic award
Malik Jefferson, Mary Catherine Neal, Daijah Jefferson and Garet Jordan
Greg Cuffey , Mary Catherine Neal,Tyah Hunter
Optimist Presidents Award:
Bryant Jordan, Tyah Hunter, Ja'vae McKeever
Principal Tommy Pond, Herman Henderson, Mrs Stacey Hipps, Victoria Potter, Teara
Goss,Trevor Arpaia, Superintendent Dr. Hackney.
Trevor Arpaia, Hopewell High School student recently won the
Hopewell Optimist Club's essay contest based on a theme "Chasing
Optimism in the Face of Challenges."
Arpaia was awarded $100 for the honor.In addition, the essay
will be sent to the district level to be judged along with
winners from other Optimist Clubs in the district. College
scholarships are available for top winners at the district
" Trevor did a wonderful job of articulating this years theme.
He expressed himself well through the essay and deserved the
honor of first place," Essay Chairman Herman Henderson said.
Coming in second place in the contest was Teara Gross and was
rewarded $75, third place was Victoria Potter and rewarded $50.
All 3 read their outstanding essays to those in attendance at
the club meeting on Thursday, March 23rd.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service
club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200
clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and
throughout the world. Carrying the Mission Statement “By
providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best
in youth, our communities and ourselves” Optimists conduct
positive service projects that reach more than six million young
people each year.
The Optimist Club of Hopewell inducted its newest member, Kevin Carraway,
into the club at the January meeting.
He was sponsored by Jerry Bartlett and inducted by Mike Jones Optimist
Optimist Club Of Hopewell raises $5000 to Support Young Cancer Patients.
The Optimist Club Of Hopewell recently donated $5000 to the Child Hood
the funds were raised by holding a 5 K race in Hopewell that raised
$3000 and was Chaired by Scott Poitras and Chuck Steininger,
$2000 was raised by Childhood Cancer canisters place in businesses in
Hopewell and donations by Optimist Club members
Donations can be made to Childhood Cancer Fund using the following
Hopewell Optimist Club P.O.Box 1194 Hopewell Va 23860
Serving Homecoming Breakfast to Hopewell High School
New Officers for 2016-2017
Junie Treaster, Patrick Henderson, Paul Hamby, Mike Jones, Mark Hughes,
John Marshall, Chris Frink, Scott Poitras
Hopewell Optimist New Members
HOPEWELL — The Optimist Club of Hopewell recently inducted 2 new members
Richard Huddleston sponsored by James Coleman and Ronal Minter sponsored
by Mike Jones into the fellowship of the club.
The new members were inducted by club President Scott Poitras at a
During the induction, Richard and Ronald was given the mission of
Optimist, which is to provide hope and positive vision to bring out the
best in kids. The Optimist Club values
all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
"We are very happy to have Richard
and Ron added to our club roster," the club president said. "Ron and
Richard represents the best in our community and works every day
with our youth by presenting positive attitudes and by believing in
kids. [Optimist members] do their best to empower kids to be the
best they can be and they try to make this a better world to live
in. We are excited about them becoming a part of us and serving our
community," Poitras said.
James Coleman was presented a
certificate for bringing in new members and John Marshall was
honored as the Optimist of the quarter, Chuck Steininger was
presented a certificate for past President and Patrick Henderson was
presented certificate for optimist of prior Optimist quarter.
Ronald Minter, Mike Jones, Richard Huddleston, James Colemanl-r
James Coleman, John Marshall and President Scott Poitras
Optimist Club Of Hopewell has donated over eleven
thousand dollars to the Childhood Cancer Fund
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Link to Cancer Page
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Hopewell Optimist Club P.O Box 1194,Hopewell,VA 23860
Hopewell Optimist Club P.O Box 1194,Hopewell,VA 23860