The Greensburg Optimist Club presented a large plaque with the Optimist Creed on it to hang in all school buildings in Decatur County. President, Mike Novak, stated that this gift is a way to say thank you to a special group of people in our community that have a positive influence on our youth. Teachers build lives every day in their classrooms.
The Optimist Creed has a powerful message teaching us how we should live our lives. It can pick you up if your having a bad day or help remind us of things we can do to help others and ourselves have a good attitude towards life. The Creed can be very beneficial to students, too.
Plaques were presented at the teacher’s meetings before school started. Optimist members were happy to provide these awards to each school building including North and South Decatur Elementary and Jr./Sr. High buildings, Greensburg Elementary, Jr. High and High School, St. Mary’s and Good Shepard.
The Greensburg Optimist Club is a community service organization known as a “Friend of Youth”. Each month they honor a “Youth of the Month” from the high schools. They sponsor an essay contest, oratorical contest, different sports contests, and are a Partner in Education with Greensburg Elementary. The main fundraiser for the Optimist Club is their “Avenue of Flags” program where they put out over 600 flags in the Greensburg area on six different holidays. The Greensburg Optimist Club meets each Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the old Washington School meeting room. There are over 90 members. These meetings provide fun, fellowship, and a good breakfast.
The Optimist Creed reads as follows:
Promise Yourself – To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peach of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have not time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Thank you, teachers and staff in each building for helping young people learn and giving them the opportunity to develop and become good productive citizens.
submitted by the Greensburg Optimist Club