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Officer of the Year

May 25th, 2016 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Officer of the Year 2016

The Optimist Club of Lebanon recently honored John Wetzel as Police Officer of the Year.  Officer Wetzel, a 16-year veteran, was selected for this award by his peers.  Wetzel is a second time recipient of this award.

“Officer Wetzel displays a quiet leadership and an exemplary work ethic,” said Police Chief Jeff Mitchell.  “These traits translate into outstanding skills in solving crimes, and set the standard for professional police work in Southwest Ohio.”

Every year, the Optimist Club of Lebanon awards a Lebanon Police Officer during National Police Week.  National Police Week was created by a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession, and as a time to recognize those police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty.

Congrats to Det Wetzel and thank you for your service.

Pictured above: Amy Brewer, Mayor; Det Wetzel, Recipient; Arla Tannehill, Optimist President, Jeff Mitchell, Chief of Lebanon Police Department

Avenue Of Flags

May 25th, 2016 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

We are getting ready to kick off our 2016 Avenue of Flags fundraiser.   All flags will be place by 7:00 pm Friday May 27, 2016.   If you need an application, click on the NEWS tab and look for the Ave of Flags section.

If you have questions about your subscription, please email lebanonavenueofflags@gmail.com or call 513-409-0490.

Thank you for your support.

Lebanon Optimist Club Welcomes New Member

January 25th, 2015 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The Lebanon Optimist Club welcomed a new member during the January 12th 2015 Luncheon. Pictured from left are Optimist Club President Arla Tannehill, and new member Kathy Larkin.IMG_1637

Lebanon Optimist Club learns details of WCCC Operations Levy‏

September 26th, 2014 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

At the September 22nd Luncheon, Members of the Lebanon Optimist Club learned the details of the Warren County Career Center’s Operating Levy request on the November ballot. The 3.5 mill is a replacement of the original 1979 continuing operating levy.

The facility is in need of major infrastructure improvements including fire suppression systems, electrical HVAC and plumbing upgrades. A recent facility study by the Ohio School Facilities Commission found that over 50 percent of the building is undersized based on student enrollment. Safety and security throughout the building and campus needs enhancement including secure access at all entrance points, improved lighting and security cameras and building wide communications/intercom system for emergencies.

For more information about the WCCC go to www.mywccc.org or call 513.932.5677.  

Pictured from left to right are: Marcia Collopy, President Lebanon Optimist Club,  Christye Leasure – Chair WCCC Levy Committee,  Maggie Hess – Superintendent WCCC,  Karen Royer – Treasurer WCCC

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Shelley Brown, Prevention Specialist and Kim Sellers, Coordinated Care Services Supervisor both with the Warren County Educational Service Center addressed members of the Lebanon Optimist Club during the August 13th Luncheon. . Ms. Brown offered information regarding substance abuse prevention & education. She  distributed information useful to parents and presented information  regarding various prevention programs available throughout the county.
 For more information about substance abuse prevention & education contact
 Shelly Brown, call 513.695.2900 ext 2993 or email her at

Pictured is Lebanon Optimist Club member Eric Meistrup and Shelley Brown.photo

Lebanon Optimist Club celebrates 20 years!

July 24th, 2014 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

On July 12, 2014, the Lebanon Optimist Club celebrated 20 years of service to the community. Pictured below are Optiminst Club members Bill Fleming, Jack Collopy, Ann Smith, Arla Tannehill, Becky Creech, Karen Brinkman, Marcia Collopy, Ann Declue, and Barb Smith.


2014 Oratorical Winners

April 18th, 2014 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

On April 12th, Patrick Smith, junior at Lebanon High School, and Maddie Collins, senior at Lebanon High School competed regionally to advance to the State finalist oratorical contest. These two students were our club’s oratorical winners.  Patrick came in fourth and Maddie came in second at the regional level  The topic of the Oratorical Contest was “How My Passions Impact The World”  They did an excellent job and we are so proud of them!  Pictured from left to right are, Patrick Smith, junior LHS, Maddie Collins,senior LHS, Gail Carroll, chair oratorical contest and Jerry Stahley, past Governor of the State of Ohio.


Lebanon Optimist Club welcomes two new members

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)


The Lebanon Optimist Club begins the 2014 by welcoming and inducting 2 new members .  Darlene Rice and Dr. Ann DeClue were sworn it at the January 13th luncheon meeting held a the Golden Lamb. The Lebanon club supports many youth activities throughout Lebanon. 

LOC new members

Pictured from left to right are sponsor Barbara Smith, LOC member, Darlene Rice, Dr. Ann DeClue and club president Marcia Collopy. 

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The Lebanon Optimist Club learned about the Lebanon Early Learners PEERnet program from Cindy Chambers and Krista Huffman during the January 13th Luncheon.  The program is a partnership will all independent preschools in the Lebanon City School District and Lebanon City Schools.  There are 8 Literacy Coaches who give hands on support to preschool staff.  The program is designed to support preschool-aged children so they may enter kindergarten ready to meet the expectations of current Lebanon curriculum and are well on their way to achieve the third-grade reading standards. The program is seeking funds to purchase 7 iPads.  For more information about the program contact Lebanon City Schools. 
Pictured from Left to Right  Marcia Collopy, LOC President, Krista Huffman and Cindy Chambers with PEERnet.

Lebanon Optimist Club supports Warrior Back Pack Program

November 9th, 2013 | Posted by Ann Smith in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)


On November 6th, The Lebanon Optimist Club and Run of the Mill Streetrodders presented a check for $4000.00 to The Lebanon Warrior Back Pack Program.  This money is used to provide food for the week-end for elementary and junior high students in Lebanon.  Currently 250 students are being serviced.  Pictured from left to right, Ellis Amburgy, Chris Adams from Run of the Mill Streetrodders, Ann Smith, secretary, Lebanon Optimist Club, Marcia Collopy, President and Lee Pennekamp, chair of the Warrior Back Pack Program.