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Barge Canal Optimist Club installs new officers

BY: Rikki Cason | November 11, 2012

The Barge Canal Optimist Club of Lockport installed their 2012-2013 officers and board of directors on Oct. 1 at Willowbrook Golf Course and Restaurant. This was a fitting start to the Optimist year, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2013.

Serving as president of the club is charter member Audrey Jex. Additional officers are Julie Pevey and Clara Tilney, vice presidents, Joan Pickles, secretary/treasurer and Jane Rathke sergeant at arms. Board of Directors include Laurie Ferris, Lorraine Kibler, Rayann Livergood, Karen Lucas, Maggie Lupo, Diane McFarland, Carolyn Stutz and Anita Tice.

“I am looking forward to serving as the leader of such a dedicated group of individuals in the coming year,” Jex said. “I am proud of the work we do for the children and our community, and I hope to see our club strive in its efforts in the year ahead.”

Past co-presidents Ferris and Livergood also took this opportunity to thank all clubs members for their dedication and support throughout the 2011-2012 Optimist year allowing the Barge Canal Optimist club to serve the youth of Lockport.

Special recognition was given to Northpoint Council, Inc. for their continued partnering with the club and their efforts to education children regarding the dangers and challenges they face every day.

Accepting the award that evening were staff members Teresa Cansclale and Kellie Ines.

The Barge Canal Optimist Club has been serving the Lockport Community for 22 years. Youth service projects include Just Say No!, Girl Power, fifth grade basketball, bike safety, Internet safety, Project Backpack, Project Warm-A-Kid, senior awards and Yellow Dyno.

Community service projects such as Partnership in Patriotism, Tee-Off Against Breast Cancer, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Birthday Cards for Seniors, Relay for Life and the restoration of the Rose Garden are also a part of their community outreach.

Needless to say this club has been very active over the years, and will continue to be a positive influence in the Lockport community.

Members of BCOC strive to maintain an upbeat attitude and help empower young people to be the best they can be.

Women interested in learning more about the Barge Canal Optimist Club are invited to attend a new Optimist welcome program at 6 p.m. Monday at the VFW, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport or contact Jex at 434-6948, membership chair Pauline Leacock at 438-0890 or visit Barge Canal Optimist Facebook page.

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