Why I’m grateful I was invited to join an Optimist Club...
I am proud to be one of the Ventura Sunrise Optimist Club members sponsored by
longtime member Marie Atmore. Marie has reached out to many Ventura educators like myself, offering us opportunities to support the young people in our community. Her capable leadership and constant encouragement have built a very strong network. I enjoy the social and learning activities that keep us all involved in our community.
Especially now, young people need support, appreciation and examples of optimism and hope as they imagine their own futures. That’s what the Ventura Sunrise Optimist Club is all about. Marie has shown us a way to continue to make a positive difference
as part of our local club and Optimist International. I am grateful for Marie’s positive example and generous friendship.
Jennifer W. Robles
Admiring A Fellow Optimist — Doug McAvoy
Our personalities and careers are probably polar opposites—he’s an engineer and I am a counselor—but what I love about our Sunrise Optimist Club is that we get to work together and we appreciate each other’s strengths. Doug McAvoy is a detail-oriented man; he knows our policies and procedures and Robert’s Rules. He knows our history, he keeps us on-track and out of trouble; all with a gentle kindness that offends no one. Doug has been our club treasurer for decades and he took turns being club president numerous times. He has been the inspiration and main organizer for our tri-tip sandwich fundraiser at Ventura High School. He’s done more club jobs than anyone even knows. He is the glue that holds us together. I continue to learn from him and am ever grateful that he is a long-time member of our club.
THANK YOU to Doug McAvoy from Roanna Prell.