Perdido Optimist Bicentennial Series continues Aug. 3

Perdido Optimist Bicentennial Series continues Aug. 3
Story of Fort Mims topic of meeting at Lillian Community Club

By Sally McKinney
Jackie Lane, PhD, President of the Friends of Perdido Bay, was the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Optimist Club of Perdido Bay. A marine biologist, Lane (pictured) and others have been working for more than 30 years to try to clean up Perdido Bay.
International Paper in Cantonment has been a major polluter of the bay, discharging 2,600 tons of pulp a day, containing a variety of toxic effluent including chlorine, dioxin, and heavy metals.
This is just one of the interesting programs the Optimist Club provides at their weekly meetings at 8 a.m. every Saturday in the Lillian Community Club.
On Aug. 3 the Bicentennial Series continues with the story of Fort Mims. A large force of Creek warriors attacked and captured the fort in 1813, killing hundreds of men, women and children. Mike Bunn, Director of Historic Blakely State Park and member of the Baldwin County Historical Development Board will provide the details about one of the most historical events in Alabama history..
Former Elberta Mayor Marvin Williams is a local storyteller. The original owner of Roadkill Café, he will speak at the Aug. 11 meeting. Pharmacist Stacy Davis, owner of Lillian Pharmacy will address the club on Aug. 17. She will discuss drug abuse issues, drug safety and disposal. Lillian resident Bob Pocreva has a variety of interests. On Aug. 25 he will speak about Alabama geology, addressing the Huntsville to Mobile geologic time periods.
All are welcome to attend to hear interesting programs and to find out how the Optimist Club of Perdido Bay works to “Bring Out the Best in Kids.”