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Optimists hear about the benefits of Medicare for seniors

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, February 10, 2022, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President John Crist called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the morning prayer given by Pastor Steve Robinson. Terry Wright gave updates on projects in the works for the coming months. April 9th, the club will host the Southern Regional Oratorical Contest at the Bank. Students which have competed in the Oratorical at the club level, will advance to this Regional where they will compete for the opportunity to advance to the District competition. Should they win at the District level, they will receive a $2500 scholarship and advance to the next level of Competition.

May is “Respect for Law Month” for the Optimist, and the Taylorville Club will celebrate with their 7th Annual Salute to Law Enforcement breakfast. Invitations are going out to around 200 officers from local, county, state, federal, and corrections officers.

In conjunction with the breakfast, we will once again respectforlaw/ Nominations honor our “Officer of the are now open and will close Year”. Nominations may on April 30th. The guest be made by using the entry speaker for this years’ form provided by the Breeze “Salute” is Howard Buffett. Courier, or by using the link We will also honor those officers in the US who have lost their lives in the line of duty during 2022.

The speaker for the morning was Kathie Cravens, representing Sunshine Senior Services. Kathie spoke on a topic very close to the members of the club, the ins and outs of Medicare. She explained how anyone, even the experienced ones, can become confused when it comes to understanding all the variations around Medicare and the benefits seniors are entitled to. Kathie welcomes calls for help in understanding your rights and benefits, and is available to assist you by calling her at 217-414-1201 or toll free at 833-247-8283.

The Taylorville Optimist Club is always looking to attract good people for membership in the organization. If you have an interest in helping youth or our community, please contact any club member or call 217-827-5978 for more information.

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club recently met and hosted guest speaker Kathie Cravens who spoke about Medicare benefits for seniors. Pictured are Kathie Cravens of Sunshine Senior Services, John Crist, President, and Richard Lawson, co-guest speaker.

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