Optimists of the Year

At the conclusion of each club year, during the annual Charter Luncheon program in September, the current President of the Optimist Club of Lynchburg, VA, has the option to recognize a club member who has exemplified the organization's "friend of youth" philosophy and has directly enabled the club to make a positive impact on the community.  This club member is presented with the "Optimist of the Year" award.

PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:

  • 2017: Bruce Light (Wells Fargo Advisors)
  • 2016: Patrick Proffitt (Senior Vice President, Hurt & Proffitt)
  • 2015: Alan M. Biggio (Campbell Insurance)
  • 2014: Jared M. Anderson (Business Incubator Manager, AREVA)
  • 2013: Bob Wade (24th Judicial District Court Services Unit)
  • 2011: Joseph M. Seiffert (Retired Member, Lynchburg City Council + Retired Chief, Lynchburg Police Department + Club Charter President)
  • 2010: Megan Palmer (City of Lynchburg Financial Services)
  • 2008: Gail Taylor (Coordinator of Comprehensive Services Act for at-Risk Youth and Families, Amherst County)
  • 2007: Sam O'Kane (Retired Manager, Shell Oil)
  • 2006: Jeff Woodford (BB&T)
  • 2005: Gail Taylor (Amherst County) & Jeff Taylor (WSET-TV)
  • 2004: Eric Chisholm (Manufacturing Engineer, Grayson Wireless)
  • 2003: Martin E. Waltemyer (Vice President, Bank of the James) & Jeff Taylor (Director of PR and Web Services, WSET-TV)
  • 2002: Joseph M. Seiffert (Member, Lynchburg City Council + Retired Chief, Lynchburg Police Department + Club Charter President)
  • 2001: John Nance (Vice President, Central National Bank)
  • 2000: Sarah Burnett (Owner, MontVue Capital Management)
  • 1999: James T. Ballengee (Manager, Gregg Services)
  • 1998: Martin E. Waltemyer (Vice President, Central Fidelity Bank)
  • 1997: Joseph M. Seiffert (Chief, Lynchburg Police Department + Club Charter President)
  • 1996: LuAnn H. Hunt (Recycling Coordinator, City of Lynchburg)
  • 1995: Martin E. Waltemyer (Vice President, Central Fidelity Bank)
  • 1994: Jeff Taylor (Program Manager, Virginia's Region 2000)
  • 1990: Martin E. Waltemyer (Vice President, Central Fidelity Bank)
  • 1989: Dave Weeks (Commander, Lynchburg Police Department)

Optimist Club of Lynchburg
P. O. Box 378
Lynchburg, VA 24505