Board Members

Executive Board Members

Rich Newcomb : President

Rich Newcomb

President

Member since 2019.

Jenis Sharp : 1st Vice President

Jenis Sharp

1st Vice President

Member since 2019.

Darron Wright : 2nd Vice President

Darron Wright

2nd Vice President

Member since 2020.

Matt Maiorano : Treasurer

Matt Maiorano

Treasurer

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."

Barbara Yarbrough : Secretary

Barbara Yarbrough

Secretary

Member since 2009. "I joined the Optimists because I like to help the kids and I enjoy the club camaraderie."

Joyce Mullins : Club Foundation Representative

Joyce Mullins

Club Foundation Representative

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."

Harold Mullins : Immediate Past President

Harold Mullins

Immediate Past President

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

Rich Newcomb : President

Rich Newcomb

President

Member since 2019.

Jenis Sharp : 1st Vice President

Jenis Sharp

1st Vice President

Member since 2019.

Darron Wright : 2nd Vice President

Darron Wright

2nd Vice President

Member since 2020.

Matt Maiorano : Treasurer

Matt Maiorano

Treasurer

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."

Barbara Yarbrough : Secretary

Barbara Yarbrough

Secretary

Member since 2009. "I joined the Optimists because I like to help the kids and I enjoy the club camaraderie."

Joyce Mullins : Club Foundation Representative

Joyce Mullins

Club Foundation Representative

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."

Harold Mullins : Immediate Past President

Harold Mullins

Immediate Past President

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

Jim Yarbrough : Director

Jim Yarbrough

Director

Member since 2009. "I joined the Optimists because of what the Optimist Creed means to me! And the members not only talk the talk but walk the walk in 'Bringing Out the Best in Kids'."

Russ McClelland : Director

Russ McClelland

Director

Member since 1989.

Steve LeClercq : Director

Steve LeClercq

Director

Member since 2019.

Jim Cook : Director

Jim Cook

Director

Gary Beard : Director

Gary Beard

Director

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

Roger Dunn : Director

Roger Dunn

Director

Member since 1981. "I joined the Optimists because a former member brought his two sons to hunt dove on my property without permission. I went to run them off and ended up joining the Club!"

Bob Wade :

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."

John Richards :

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!!"

Kathy Perreault :

Kathy Perreault

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."

Dale Leonard :

Dale Leonard

Member since  2012. "I joined the Optimists because I am very enthusiastic about the support our club gives to the children of Forsyth County. It has been a great experience."

Joy Beard :

Joy Beard

Member since 2012.  "I joined the Optimists because my husband is a member and I saw all the good things he was doing to support the youth of the community, and wanted to be a part of it."

Lee Almy :

Lee Almy

Member since 2016.

Bob Flowers :

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"."

Jim Klee :

Jim Klee

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

George Marks :

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.

Mike Miller :

Mike Miller

Member since 2013. "I joined the Optimists because I wanted to continue helping children after working 46 years in the schools."

Scudder Edwards :

Scudder Edwards

2004

Jackie Collins :

Jackie Collins

1937-2008

Jack Collins :

Jack Collins

1926-2008

Joel Kennedy :

Joel Kennedy

1942-2008

Jeanne DeSana :

Jeanne DeSana

1921-2008

Jim DeSana :

Jim DeSana

1925-2008

John Carson :

John Carson

Harry Crumbley :

Harry Crumbley

1930-2011

Jerry Johnson :

Jerry Johnson

1942-2013

Lamar Orr :

Lamar Orr

1943-2013

 Board Members 2020 – 2022

Jim Yarbrough : Director

Jim Yarbrough

Director

Member since 2009. "I joined the Optimists because of what the Optimist Creed means to me! And the members not only talk the talk but walk the walk in 'Bringing Out the Best in Kids'."

Russ McClelland : Director

Russ McClelland

Director

Member since 1989.

Steve LeClercq : Director

Steve LeClercq

Director

Member since 2019.

Board Members 2021 – 2023

Jim Cook : Director

Jim Cook

Director

Gary Beard : Director

Gary Beard

Director

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

Roger Dunn : Director

Roger Dunn

Director

Member since 1981. "I joined the Optimists because a former member brought his two sons to hunt dove on my property without permission. I went to run them off and ended up joining the Club!"