The Optimist GATEway District, which is made up of 86 clubs in Georgia and Eastern Tennessee, recently held their awards banquet in Chattanooga recognizing the accomplishments of members for 2015/16.  The Rome Noon Optimist Club took first place honors for its weekly newsletter, “The Optune.”  The newsletter editors are Noaleen Ingalsbe and Theresa Perry. 
This is the second consecutive year “The Optune” has been recognized by the GATEway District as the best club newsletter.
The Club also took first place honors for its club scrapbook.  The scrapbook chairman is Al Mitchell.  Jim Cook, club historian said, “Al has been a faithful member for many years.  He has done a great job with the club scrapbook.”
The Rome Noon Optimist Club was chartered on December 3, 1948, and has provided continuous service to the youth of Rome and Floyd County for more than six decades.  The Rome Noon Optimist Club embodies the motto of Optimist International, “Friend of Youth”, with all local club activities focusing on developing the potential and recognizing the accomplishment of the youth in our community.
The club meets at 11:45 a.m. Mondays at the Rome Braves Stadium Three Rivers Club.