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TAYLORVILLE — Shown here are Pastor Ted Marrinan, the guest speaker of Thursday’s meeting, and club presdient Ron Spears. The Optimisit learned about becoming an RV enthusiast from Pastor Marrinan.
The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, September 09, 2021, in the Community Room of People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Steve Robinson then gave the morning prayer. Ron gave a rundown of birthdays and anniversaries on note that occurred on this date. Terry Wright then gave an update on upcoming projects for the club, which includes the Mostaciolli Dinner Fundraiser and the Christmas for Kids.
The Mostaciolli Dinner will once again be hosted by Florinda’s, with the meal being served as “drive-thru” only on Monday, October 18th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Patrons may enter the parking lot behind Florinda’s and access the pick-up area, where Optimist members will be stationed to take your orders and deliver them to your car. The dinner consists of Florinda’s own mostaciolli, served with garlic bread, salad, and a chocolate chip cookie. Tickers may be purchased in advance from any Optimist member, or when you dine at Florinda’s following her vacation. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A special group rate is available for anyone purchasing 10 tickets for only $90.
All proceeds from the mostaciolli dinner help to fund our annual Christmas for Kids. Once again this year, Kemmerer Village will help with the arrangements for a drive-thru event where foster families and children will receive gifts and food baskets to help provide a Merry Christmas for all.
Former club president and pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Ted Marrinan, was our guest speaker. Ted told the club about his new lifestyle of becoming an RV enthusiast. He and his wife, Jayna, call their truck and trailer home as they travel around the country, visiting friends, family, and the great National Parks of the US. Ted’s interest in this lifestyle date s back to the mid 70’s while in the Air Force at Homestead, a friend of his called his sailboat home.
Ted grew to like the idea of downsizing and the freedom that comes with RVing. Following his retirement, it has become a way of life instead of just a vacation retreat. Ted answered many questions surrounding this lifestyle, such as residence requirements, voting, mail delivery, expenses, and many more. All told, Ted has been able to combine sharing time with family, visiting the US, his love of scuba diving, and enjoyment of the open spaces to their great enjoyment.
As a reminder, the Optimist starts a new year on Oct. 1st. We continue to extend an invitation to guests, visitors, and prospective new members, to meet with us on any regular meeting date, which is the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Also, don’t forget to help support our “Christmas for Kids” by pur- chasing your tickets for the Mostaciolli dinner on Oct. 18th at Florinda’s.