Jamming in Temple

Jamming in Temple

The Optimist Club of Temple in partnership with the Temple Recreation Department hosted “JAM in the Park” on Saturday August 19 from 10:00-1:00.

We recognized that students and families were struggling with the lasting impact of life-altering post-pandemic changes. The struggles were evident in our community schools, homes, recreation and relationships. As a result, the Optimist Club applied for and received a $1000.00 matching grant in the area of Childhood Health and Wellness from the Optimist International Foundation.

“JAM” is an acronym we believed would change lives by taking just a minute to breathe, listen, think, understand, rest and be.This community event was an opportunity to unite and join with local resource agencies to find help for physical, mental, emotional or financial struggles. Kids of all ages enjoyed physical activities, such as a trike-a-thon, obstacle course, cycle for smoothies, rock and face painting, interaction with public safety, making healthy snacks, etc. Parents visited resource tables such as FERST Readers, PASS(Partners Advancing Student Success), FCA(Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Sheriff’s Department, Optimist Club(fingerprinting children), Mental Health Advocates, etc.

We would like to thank the students, parents, resource representatives and all volunteers for making this “JAM in the Park” a success for the community of Temple.




  1. Regular Adult clubs are eligible. Junior Optimist Clubs, college clubs, and any clubs under a pilot project are not eligible.

2. The club must have a minimum net +3 membership for the 2022 – 2023 year.

3. Clubs must be current on OI and District dues on September 30, 2023, excluding new member fees charged by OI for the 4th quarter.

4. Club Pride Report for 2022-2023 must have been submitted by September 30, 2023 deadline.

5. The club must have submitted its COER Report for the 2023-2024 Year.


  1. Clubs will be ranked based on the percentage of increase in membership during the 4th quarter.

2. Ranking will be based on the T Shot Report provided by OI on Leaders Online. The baseline will be established using the T Shot Report dated July 1, 2023.

3. The top three clubs will receive cash prizes.

4. New members added must be on the roster through January 1, 2024.

5. Prize payout will be awarded at the 2nd quarter 2024 conference.

  • A pool of $2250 has been set aside for this program. The top three clubs in the percentage of new members for the quarter will be allocated prizes based on the order of finishing. If there are no ties the distribution will be:
  • First Place $1000
  • Second Place $750 • Third place $500
  • In the event of a tie, the following will be used to determine the winner:
  • The tiebreaker will be the retention percentage reported by OI in Leaders Online for the 2022-2023 year. The club with the highest retention level will be awarded the prize.
  • In the event a tie still exists after the above in any prize category, the cash award for the level and the next level below will be combined and the clubs in the tie will share the prize.
The member who brings in the most members during the 4th Quarter will be recognized as our 2022-2023 Membership Shining Light at the annual awards banquet at the 2nd Quarter Conference Awards Program. The district will pay for the winner’s district registration to the 2nd Quarter Conference.