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      Downtown Optimist Club - March 2021 Volunteer of the Month

      Rick McKernan has lived in Columbia since 1992. Encouraged by his good friend and fellow Optimist, along with his experience as a youth camp counselor in France during his college years, he joined the Downtown Optimist Club in 1998. 

      The  Downtown Optimist Club employs many projects, such as their oratorical contest, essay contest, Bicycle Safety Class, Soap Box Derby, as well as providing financial support for local sports, food, and scholarship programs. 

      One particular project that Rick is especially proud of is Homes For Computers. “Before COVID-19, a substantial number of Columbia students did not have regular access to computers at home   to help with school work. The Homes For Computers project ... Read More