There were a lot of emotions in play during the Optimist Club Dedication yesterday at noon as the newly completed Optimist Club Building was formerly dedicated less than a year after the old faithful building was lost to a tragic fire.
I have been privileged this year when it comes to following the status of the Optimist Club thanks to Tony, Karen and Chad who have throughout the year given me insights into the status of the project and tried to keep Stony Creek Lifestyle in the loop. So I was pretty excited for them when it was revealed a few weeks ago that this week they would dedicate the new building.
Representatives of the local Community, School, Police Department, American Legion and of course the Optimist Club were present and spoke a few words on the building and how much the Optimist Club and the Mullets mean to them.
In what was a huge surprise but moving moment the obviously speechless Tony Mullet was presented with an award for his 36 years of service to youth football.
It was at this event that Captain Michael Barnes spoke in length of his respect for Tony and how Tony was his Football coach when he was at school. You could tell that Captain Barnes along with other members of the public were excited to see the all new Optimist Club and to see the smile back on the face of the Mullets.
Chad Pilkington invited Doug Rich, Jim Troutman, Enos and Dorcas Mullet to come up and receive the dedication plaque. Unfortunately Doug Rich could not make it due to illness but the other three who have been a driving force behind the club proudly stood up and accepted the plaque.
The plaque reads:
LAPEL OPTIMIST CLUB
Dedicated October 13, 2012
IN HONOR OF
DOUG RICH, JIM TROUTMAN,
ENOS AND DORCAS MULLET
FOR DECADES OF DEDICATION
AND SERVICE TO
OUR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY
Pam Shuck also spoke at length on her feelings once she heard the Optimist Club had burnt down and how disappointed the kids were but she told them this is Lapel and you guys will still get to play football and she was right.
Lapel is a great place to live and raise your family with a very supportive network of friends, family, churches and organizations.
Thank you Tony, Karen, Enos, Dorcas, Doug, Jim and everyone else who helps to make the Lapel Optimist Club such a successful and popular institution.
Your efforts have left a lasting legacy and will continue to do so for generations to come.
You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.