Optimist Club of Richfield
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Richfield Optimist Club

Rich-O-Gram Weekly Meeting Recap

Optimist Club of Richfield, MN Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota District Club Number 35125

Each week we meet for comradery and coffee, to go over upcoming projects, and to hear from this weeks speaker.
We normally meet at 7:30 am in person, but as always, ZOOM is available.
(contact us for current zoom link credentials)

Next Meeting: Wed at 7:30 AM via In Person.

At Richfield School District Board Room
401 West 77th St, Richfield MN

There is a $6 charge per person to cover the cost of yogurt, fruit, sweet rolls and coffee.

Next Meeting : Wednesday - June 26, 2024 - (No meeting June 19 - Juneteenth) This week: Woodlake Nature Center


Last weeks meeting was our Board meeting.


We will NOT have a unit in the 4th of July parade this year. Too many gone that day.


We will continue to meet in the Board Room during the summer, but will not get breakfast from the school kitchen. Coffee & Donuts on our own.


NO MEETING ON WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2024 - Enjoy the celebration!


DMM convention of our District Optimists will be on August 16 & 17, 2024. In St Cloud, MN Any member can attend.


The reason we are not meeting this Wednesday is because it is now a federal holiday and the school will be closed. The day is known as JUNETEENTH. I have included a short explanation of the history of Juneteenth on page two of this Rich-O-Gram:


Juneteenth - Also known as Black Independence Day and Emancipation Day. An official United States holiday, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.


In 1863, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million enslaved people living in the Confederate states to be free. More than two years would pass, however, before the news reached the western states. In 1865, the Texas state’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The formerly enslaved began to celebrate with prayer, feasting, song and dance. On June 19, 1985, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved peoples be freed. Confederate General Robert E Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas until U.S.General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders Number 3.


Which said, ”The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor. The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”


The following year, on June 19, the first official Juneteenth celebrations took place in Texas. The original observances included prayer meetings & the singing of spirituals, and the celebrants wore new clothes as a way of representing their newfound freedom. Within a few years, African Americans in other states were celebrating the the day as well, making it an annual tradition. Celebrations have continued across the United States into the 21st century and typically include prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, and festivals with music, food,

and dancing.


In 1980, Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas, and a number of other states subsequently followed suit. In 2021, Juneteenth was made a federal holiday. Some exceptions exist: Hawaii, North Dakota, & South Dakota do not recognize June 19 as a state holiday.


For your advance planning, we will not meet on July 3, 2024.

 

Come in person if you can. Or catch the meeting on Zoom. Watch your e-mail for your weekly Zoom invite!