Volunteer Corner Name: Alice Nicholls, Mavis Bows, Rick Maddalena Organization: Truckee Optimists Residence: Truckee | SierraSun.com

Volunteer Corner Name: Alice Nicholls, Mavis Bows, Rick Maddalena Organization: Truckee Optimists Residence: Truckee

Amy Edgett/Sierra Sun

How many years have the Truckee Optimists been selling trees?

Nicholls: Oh more than 20. All of the money goes to our youth programs, including high school sports and scholarships.

Where do you get the trees?

Bows: We cut about 200 red firs locally, with Optimist volunteers. Then we get shipments of nobles from a farm in Oregon throughout the month. They are gorgeous, up to 14 feet, for those tall ceilings in lovely houses we have around here.

Who helps sell the trees?

Nicholls: Everybody in the Truckee Optimist volunteers. We’ll be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day after Thursday.

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How many do you expect to sell?

Nicholls: About 600. We’ve sold up to 800 previously. Our concern is with this economy [it might be slower]. But people should know if they purchase here the money is going back into the local community. The high school athletes and band members help in the lot. So those kids are working for the contributions. It establishes that work ethic.

How did you get involved with the Truckee Optimists?

Nicholls: My husband was involved for more than 25 years. I joined during a membership push five years ago.

What was the ultimate nudge?

Nicholls: I wanted to give back to the community. The community does so much for us, that’s the atmosphere I like. And, I am a newly retired [Truckee Elementary, fourth grade] teacher, so! I believe in doing things for the kids within our community. Really, that’s what attracted us to the Truckee Optimist. It’s a great organization, with great people, and we’re always looking for new members.

“The Sun’s Amy Edgett performed the interview and photo shoot. For volunteer opportunities, visit handsontahoe.org

Who: Truckee Optimist Club

What: 2008 Christmas Tree Lot/Sales

When: Sales of Christmas Trees through December 23.

Where: Crossroads Shopping Center, Corner Hwy. 89 and Deerfield

Why: All profits go directly to youth activities, programs, and scholarships for the youth of Truckee.

Visit: http://www.truckeeoptimistclub.com for information about the Optimist