Meeting Notes

Richard Warmbold from the Hurley Foundation was our guest speaker today. Optimists and the Children’s Miracle Network cooperation dates back over 20 years. To find out more about the Hurley Foundation please visit their website

The Hurley Foundation is responsible for fundraising and volunteers. They raise between $2.5 and 3.5 million each year. They also provide volunteers that are responsible for saving the hospital between $75 and 85 thousand annually. Some of the better known fundraising events sponsored by the foundation are Children’s Miracle Network, Bowl-A-Thon, and the Miracle Picnic.

Hurley will be opening a clinic at the Flint Farmer’s Market. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday. Something unique is that doctors will be able to write nutrition prescriptions and patients will be able to go downstairs to the market and fill them with the fresh fruits and vegetables. Hurley will also be able to use the cooking facility at the market to demonstrate proper healthy methods for preparing foods.

Richard also told us about the long term plans that Hurley has for altering pediatrics to single patient rooms. Currently pediatrics are located on the 2nd floor and it is possible that a 17 year old could be a roommate of a 5 year old. Once the change is implemented this will not be possible. The plan should be completed by the end of 2016 and will include taking over the west side of the 11th floor.

We opened our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Greg Hilliker led us in a prayer. The crown normally worn by our queen had to be auctioned off in her absence. Pete Venos was able to gain the advantage in fines against the rest of us. We need a permanent replacement.

Lots of ticket stubs were turned in for our 31 Day Raffle. Please turn the stubs in as you sell the tickets and more importantly get more tickets to sell if you have sold out or are close to selling out. Contact Jeff Dennings if you don’t have a packet of tickets.

Optimist International Leadership Summit will be held on June 13th.

Bob was the lucky winner of our 50/50 drawing this morning. He was able to get a whopping $12 in trade for his winning ticket.

We are adding photos to the online directory of members on Please show up on June 4th with the clothes on that you would like in your picture. Pictures will be taken and added to the web directory.


  • Children’s Miracle Network June 7th
  • Optimist Leadership Conference June 13th

Yours in Optimism,

Jeff Dennings