Op­ti­mist Club holds an­nual Ham and Egg Day

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected] polk­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

The Goodyear Civic Cen­ter was packed over the week­end as lo­cal res­i­dents of all walks of life took time out on Satur­day morn­ing to en­joy break­fast with friends and help raise money for good causes.

Cedar­town’s Op­ti­mist Club opened up the civic cen­ter early for their an­nual Ham and Egg Day fundraiser, which for years is one of the big events head­ing into the spring for peo­ple to gather and see each other.

“It’s al­ways great to see the com­mu­nity sup­port us,” Scott Ford, the 2019 Op­ti­mist Club pres­i­dent, said. “For our com­mu­nity we see it as an event and not just a fundraiser. They sup­port the projects that we do, and our fo­cus is youth and we get the youth to come out and help us, and the com­mu­nity is see­ing what we’re do­ing, and we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one com­ing out to help.”

Scouts and 4-H mem­bers were on-hand with club mem­bers to help serve break­fast, which money raised from helps the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, Boy Scout Troop 21, Cedar­town FC Soc­cer, the Cedar­town Hous­ing Au­thor­ity’s drug pro­gram, foot­ball and soft­ball pro­grams with the Cedar­town Re­cre­ation Depart­ment, Chero­kee El­e­men­tary School’s Re­nais­sance pro­gram, CHINS (Chil­dren in Need of Ser­vices,) the FERST Read­ers of Polk County, the Cedar­town Li­brary’s Sum­mer Read­ing pro­gram, the Re­spect for Law pro­gram, Polk Fam­ily Con­nec­tions’ Teen Maze, the Jonah Bags Back­pack pro­gram, Polk County 4-H, and Polk County’s an­nual Spe­cial Olympics.

They also use pro­ceeds from the break­fast to fund their an­nual prize for the Op­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Es­say Con­test, which this year went to Ech­e­lon How­ell.

The Cedar­town Op­ti­mist Club meets on the first and third Thurs­day of each month at 7 a.m. at the Goodyear Civic Cen­ter for break­fast meet­ings. Reg­u­lar mem­bers pay dues of $30 a quar­ter to par­tic­i­pate. They are al­ways in­ter­ested in new mem­bers join­ing, and those who want more in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Ron Ray at 770-324-2444 or email ron­[email protected]

Kevin Myrick

Top: A good crowd kept the Goodyear Civic Cen­ter filled on Satur­day morn­ing for Ham and Egg Day 2019. The an­nual break­fast serves as a fundraiser for the Cedar­town Op­ti­mist Chub an­nu­ally. Above: Boy Scouts from Troop 21 helped on the serv­ing line for Ham and Egg Day 2019./

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