Board Members

Executive Board Members

John Richards : President

John Richards


Member since 2014. "I joined the Optimists because it is a great opportunity to get kids involved in the club sponsored activities that challenge their growth and education.  My joining was for the Kids!!"

Howard Shames : 1st Vice President

Howard Shames

1st Vice President

Member since 2014.  "Joining the Optimists was an easy decision for my wife and I.  We found a group of people who were passionate, as we are, about their community and especially with helping kids in all kinds of situations and walks of life.  The Optimist Creed is more than some written words on a piece of paper, the Optimists live their Creed on a daily basis.  The Club is always there, front row and center, to support individuals, groups, other organizations and the community in general."

Kathy Perreault : 2nd Vice President

Kathy Perreault

2nd Vice President

Member since 2011. "I was excited to join the Optimists when I learned about the activities the club does for the children of the community. I enjoy working with the members and being involved in the track meets, fishing derbys and scholarship distributions."

Joyce Mullins : Secretary

Joyce Mullins


Member since 2003. "I joined the Optimists because kids are my passion and I like to do things with and for them to help them be happy and succeed in life."

Matt Maiorano : Treasurer

Matt Maiorano


Member since 2004. "I joined the Optimists to give back to my community. My wife & I support the development of the children of the community."

Gary Beard : Immediate Past President

Gary Beard

Immediate Past President

Member since 2010. "I joined the Optimists to support youth of the community."

 Board Members 2016 – 2018

Bob Flowers : Director

Bob Flowers


Member since 2010. "I joined the Optimists because I was invited by the late Lamar Orr. As I was new to the area I saw the club as an opportunity to get to know friends with a similar passion of  "bringing out the best in kids"."

George Marks : Director

George Marks


Member since 2005.  I joined the Optimist Club when Harry Crumbley mentioned that there was an organization that did many constructive things for the kids in our county.  I found that the Optimist Club did things for kids that I never had the opportunity to enjoy. By helping with field and track, fishing programs, watching the development of the oratorical program, etc. I felt that I was helping the kids in this county to participate in activities that would improve their character.

Harold Mullins : Director

Harold Mullins


Member since 2003. "I joined the Optimists because I was impressed by the work of the club."

Board Members 2017 – 2019

Jim Klee : Director

Jim Klee


Member since 1997. "I joined the Optimists to help the youth of the community."

Lee Almy : Director

Lee Almy


Member since 2016.

Bob Wade : Director

Bob Wade


Member since 1973. "I joined the Optimists for the purpose of helping in some small way the kids of the community improve their chances of success in life as they grow up and become leaders in the community."