Members of the Bastrop Optimist Club sold freshly grilled hamburgers at the Pines Shopping Plaza, or the old Wal-Mart location, on Friday for their annual Optimist Club scholarship fundraiser. Local businesses and individuals supported the fundraiser with preorders for a burger lunch and drive-up orders.

According to Randy Beaver, the club president and manager of the People's Water Service Company of Bastrop, the cookout looked like the club's best one yet.

"This is a fundraiser drive for our scholarship fund," Beaver said, "We fund our scholarships locally. None of the money comes from a national organization."

The club awards two different scholarships to local students each year. A $1,000 per year scholarship is awarded in memory of Buddy Henderson. This award goes to a student attending a four-year university while the Doug Higginbotham scholarship, named for a founding member of the club, goes to a student attending a local technical college.

The Optimist Club has been part of Bastrop since 1955.

Earlier this month in a statement provided to the Enterprise, Randy Beaver spoke about the organization and how it hopes to inspire and support area youth who are involved in their community.

"The Optimist's motto is 'Friend of Youth,' and our club demonstrates this adage by supporting the efforts of our youth organizations to our fullest capability," Beaver stated. "Our club routinely invites our local youth to our meetings to speak on their involvement with school sports, 4-H or choir groups. Our youth are truly our greatest resource and all which can be done for their development positively impacts our community."