2018-02-11 / News

Founding member of Optimist Club fondly remembered

LAPEER — The Lapeer Optimist Club lost a leader, mentor and inspiration with the passing of Ralph June on Monday, Jan. 29.

June was a charter member of the Lapeer Optimist Club, helping to found the club in the summer of 1958. Now featuring more than 50 members, the club utilizes events such as next month’s Vegas Night, as well as the Optimist Henley Golf Open in May and the beer tent and chicken barbecue dinner during Lapeer Days, to raise money for youth-oriented projects in the greater Lapeer area. “He was a charter member of the best service club in Michigan, the Lapeer Optimist Club,” said club member John LaClair. “He thoroughly enjoyed the comradery that comes with being a member of this club.”

Over a million dollars has been donated to fund recent projects, including the Lapeer Optimist Community Tennis Courts at Lapeer’s Center for Innovation, the Lapeer Optimist Soccer Fields, the One Lapeer Foundation athletic field project and the LINKS program.

“He gave us a good start,” said Tony Maksoud, a member of the Optimists since 1980. “He was a straight shooter and you always knew exactly how he felt. It took a lot of courage, commitment and hard work to start this club.”

June worked as a salesman for Western and Southern Insurance for over 30 years, retiring in 1985.

Last month, June was honored during a luncheon by the Lapeer Optimist Club, and accompanied by his four children was able to share stories and lunch with current members. “(June) enjoyed helping making the community we live in a better place,” said LaClair. “He enjoyed working for the betterment of our youth (and) he liked to have fun.”

— Nicholas Pugliese

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