Meeting Notes

Emily Leonard came to us from Boys & Girls Clubs of Flint to update us on their summer and after-school programs for the youth of our community. Attendance for the 7- to 17-year-olds averages between 250 and 260, with a capacity for 300. Membership fees of $10/year per child allow the Club to inspire and enable the youngsters to develop in academics (homework, computer, public speaking, art, etc.), life skills (including gardening, mobile medicine, health screening, BMI score analysis, and gym), and character and leadership (behavioral self-control, social skills, competition and cooperation, tutoring, and such). Major grant support allow the $1M budget to run the Averill site and partner with the Police Athletic League in the operation of the Haskell site (serving another 150-200 youth daily. Their website ( lists a number of events, if you wish to gather more information about the “Fit Festival” (Nov. 3rd event with obstacle course, smoothies, and lunch), Golf Outing, “Suits & Sauce” in October (at Farmer’s Market with Famous Dave’s catering), “Last Day” of the summer program, or “Youth of the Year” Diamond Howell (attempts in process to bring her in as a guest speaker — As you can see, there are a number of modes and opportunities for our participation with this highly acclaimed program, in addition to our rather shaky Dodgeball team and our increasingly successful Oratorical Contest.

Besides Emily, we had two other guests for breakfast this morning: Gerri Poage (recently a guest speaker but now submitting membership application!), and Lisa Denny (from witnessed “Acting-in-lieu-of-President” Jeff Dennings open the meeting with Dave Crabill’s Pledge of Allegiance, Rev. Lynn Eastman’s invocation, and Joe Bushey’s contribution to clothe a King without shoelaces. After a series of ridiculous fines (including fines against myself for refusing to consume the food presented to me without disguising it), a $29 “50/50” ticket once again went to Phil Holmblade, discussion of the most recent Board Meeting preceded Speaker Chair Floyd Olmstead’s introduction of the day’s guest speaker.

The Flint Olympian Golf Tournament will be July 24 at Brookwood. The cost is $80.00/player or $320/4 man team.

31 Day Raffle Winner’s names are not being posted to our website (we didn’t ask their permission). The winning ticket number and the person that sold the ticket are being posted. Click here to view the page. If you have any questions about the raffle then contact Jeff Dennings.


  • 31 Day Raffle has started so turn Money and Ticket Stubs in ASAP
  • CANUSA Appreciation Dinner July 23rd @ First Presbyterian Church
  • Flint Olympian Golf Tournament July 24th @ Brookwood
  • Downtown Flint Optimist Club 80th Anniversary and $5000 Raffle July 29th 6pm – 11pm @ Rooftop Terrace of Flint Farmer’s Market
  • IMPORTANT: July 30th Discussion and Vote on Board’s recommendation for change in Membership Dues
  • Operation Feedbag CANUSA on August 9th – One more volunteer needed – Click here to sign up.

Until next time,

“Promise Yourself…”

Greg Hilliker