Several new members of the Optimist club of Jackson County were inducted into the club at the April meeting at Jims Buffet. The new members are Brigetta Niccio and sponsor Debbie Gochenaru, Dena Bishop with sponsor Shellie Hollis, and Azur Sims with sponsor Betty Demmon. The Optimist Club of Jackson County meets the first and third Tuesday at Jim’s Buffet and Grill. The main mission of the club is to help the children of Jackson County.
The club sponsors two scholarship funds: one for a 12 grade student from the Jackson County area and another for a child or grand child of a police officer who is going into law enforcement or corrections from the 14 Judicial Circuit which includes Bay, Jackson, Gulf, Holmes, or Washington County. The club also sponsors an annual Benefit Ride against cancer for a child with cancer and co-sponsors the Law Enforcement Awards and Luncheon for Law Enforcement Week at the Jackson County Sheriff Dept. For more information contact President Sylvia Henry or Vice-President Shellie Hollis.