By Mila Besich-Lira
On Aug. 9, 2004, the Superior Optimist Club was officially chartered as a club of the Optimist International organization. Twenty-seven of Superior’s community members along with a members formerly of Superior committed to getting the club going. This past Saturday on Aug. 9, 2014, the club celebrated their 10 year Anniversary with current and past members as well as other “friends of the Optimist” who are always there to help the club.
For the past decade this club has hosted the Miracle on Main St. Parade, given away at least two dozen lap top computers to graduating Seniors, and have always found a way to support the youth in the community. One of the strategic partnerships the club has formed over the years is with the Superior Substance Abuse Coalition to host the annual Trunk or Treat event, Cinco de Mayo Celebration and the Win to Swim Event. The Optimist Club co sponsors these events by providing insurance needed to host the event on school or town property.
During the evening everyone invited to the celebration was given an certificate of appreciation and everyone was recognized for their dedication and support of the club. Three special honors were given to JoAnn Besich, Olga Lopez and Karen Afdahl. This dynamic trio has pretty much led the way for the past 10 year. Lopez and Afdahl have served as the club Treasurer and Secretary for 10 years and Besich has served as president for at least 7 of the past 10 year. Without the dedication of these three ladies the club may have not survived. Richard Castaneda and Billy Preciado were remembered at the event, the two were also instrumental in forming the club.
The celebration included a happy hour and a catered dinner by Jade Grill at the Magma Club. Accompanying the celebration was a violin duet from the Sonoran Strings music organization from Casa Grande.
The Superior Optimist Club meets the first and third Tuesdays at Edwardo’s Pizza at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to join the club can contact JoAnn Besich at 520-827-0592.