The Optimist Club of Alpena inducted a new member at a recent breakfast meeting.
The new member is Pastor Gene Bacon of the First United Methodist Church in Alpena. He resides in Alpena with his wife, Karen, and their son, Cory. Their daughter, Jamie, lives in Montana. They also have three grandchildren.
Bacon hails from Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School and the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics. After graduating from U of M, he worked for two years as a testing and development engineer for Chrysler, until he felt calling into the ministry.
New Optimist Club of Alpena member, Gene Bacon, center, is welcomed by Zone 1 Lt. Gov. Jerry Stroik, left, and Alpena Optimist Treasurer Mark Hulsey.
After he attended seminary in Evanston, Ill., Bacon spent the next 36 years serving at churches in the Flint area, Madison Heights, Keweenaw Peninsula and most recently, Alpena.
His wife is an interspiritual counselor and his son works in downtown Alpena as an acupuncturist.
Bacon enjoys hiking, camping, biking, reading and playing with the grandkids.
When asked why he joined the Optimist Club, Bacon said that he was first introduced to the club by serving as a judge for the Optimist Oratorical Contest.
"I was impressed with the Optimist's Creed," he said. "Since the focus of the Optimists is on children and youth, it seemed like good fit for me."
Bacon was inducted into the Alpena Club by Michigan District Optimist Zone 1 Lieutenant Gov. Jerry Stroik, who was visiting from the West Branch Optimist Club.