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Honors for Optimists

Michigan District Governor Dorothy Tyler presents the Distinguished Club award to Clarkston Optimist Roger Diederich and past Clarkston Optimist Club president Sue Ring. Photo provided (click for larger version)
April 13, 2011 - Clarskton Area Optimists Club received several achievement awards at the Michigan District Optimist meeting last February in Lansing.

"It's been an incredible year," said Optimist Past President Susan Ring. "We didn't expect the number of times we'd go up there."

The Clarkston Club was recognized as "triple distinguished" for building two new adult clubs, Lake Orion Optimist Club and Oakland Community College Optimist Club, three youth clubs at Springfield Elementary, North Sashabaw Elementary, and Clarkston Junior High, and ending the year with a net addition of plus 27 members.

Awardsincluded Honor Club patch, Distinguished Club, and New Club Builders to Roger Diederich, Don Brose, and Ring.

Ring was also recognized as a Distinguished president and presented with a watch and a framed certificate from Optimist International President Mark Shriver.

The entire club deserves credit for the awards for volunteering, recruiting new members, and helping out, Ring said.

"All of these things add up," she said. "It takes a village. This couldn't have been done by myself."

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