NORFOLK- For the past 17 years, the Norfolk Panther JOI Clubs have been serving the community of Norfolk and beyond. The Junior Optimist International clubs are a collection of about 100 students from the Norfolk middle, junior and senior high schools.
The Norfolk Panther JOOI Clubs were selected by Governor Pete Ricketts from among three Finalists as the winner in the Volunteer Group category for the 2018 ServeNebraska Step Forward Award. The presentation was made during a luncheon held at the Quarry Oaks Golf Club near Ashland on Friday, October 26th. This award was earned by the body of work accomplished over 17 years.
The students usually serve between 3-4,000 cumulative service hours each year. Student members have experienced various volunteer opportunities, some include “Youth Saluting Veterans,” “Teens in the Driver Seat” which focuses on peer to peer safe driving and “Dinners to Go” where members serve meals to low-income families. There’s also “Finding Kind” which is a girl based opportunity to lift each other up and encourage each other to be stronger together.
The Norfolk Panther JOOI Clubs have developed relationships with many local businesses and organizations as well as across the state, and nation.
JOI Advisor, Mark Claussen says any student can join the club, at any time!