Optimist Mission/Vision Statement: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

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The Optimist Club Annual Poster Contest
2016 Theme - “Smoking Is Totally Not Cool”
Poster Contest is open to boys and girls in the 4th, 5th & 6th grades. The Club awards prizes for the First ($100), Second ($75) and Third ($50) place winners in both boys and girls divisions. The winning Boy’s and Girl’s posters are entered in the District Contest for addition monetary awards. Contact Club Chairperson –Jamerson McCloskey for additional information (618) 233-3798 (W) or jmccloskey@belleville118.org

NOW Meeting (New Optimists Welcome)

Tuesday April 19th, Bellecourt Place 12:00 Noon
Club Members are encouraged to invite individuals who might be interested in joining our organization

New Optimists Welcome

Illinois District Optimist International
Spring Conference

April 29th – 30th, 2016
State House Inn (217) 528-5100
101 E. Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Optimist International Oratorical Contest, Essay Contest and judging for Illinois District Poster Contest.

** Illinois District Foundation Chair, Paul Hellrich is asking clubs to bring items - including baked goods for the Silent Auction at the conference. Anyone having anything they wish to donate, please bring it to a lunch meeting by 4/26.




What Optimist Clubs Do

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and do their part through community service programs. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.

Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Safety, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization's scholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

In addition, Optimist International encourages involvement in several other community activities:
Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence
Youth Appreciation
Youth Safety
Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Annually, six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs.

For more information about the Optimist Club of Belleville's participation in these prograpms serving our area's youth, please contact us. Click Here


Welcome new members approved by the Board:
Mandy Williams, Susan Roesch and Marsha Dahm

How To Become a Member

Please contact us to express your interest in becoming a member and we will get some info to you about membership and dues.

Contact Page

Club meetings are held every Tuesday at 12:00 noon in downtown Belleville where lunch or drink/coffee is available. We know your time is valuable so we do not require you to attent all meetings.

2015-2016 Optimist Club of Belleville
Officers and Board of Directors
2015-2016 Officers    

President
Mike Koenig

Secretary
Charles Mayhew

1st Vice President
Jane Bonaldi

Terri Seipp
Treasurer

2nd Vice Prresident
Jim Bryant

Ralph Schlesinger
Past President 2014-2015
Directors:     

1 Year
Sharon Dahm
Kay Heim
Jim Kalish
Ed Weston


2 Year
Cindy Beatty
Nancy Bryant
Corky Helms
Jack Griffith

3 Year
Dick Battas
Brenda Fedak
Susan Price
Afton Shambro

 


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Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Ed Weston present a Certificate of Appreciation to Captain Joe Garland for his presentation “The Arson Dog” at the April 12th Lunch Meeting.


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Ed Weston present a Certificate of Appreciation to Bob Dintelmann for his presentation “Spring Plantings” at the April 5th Lunch Meeting.


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Karen Louis for her presentation “The House Call Vet” at the March 29th Lunch Meeting


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Captain Dave Zahn for his presentation “Water Rescue” at the March 22nd Lunch Meeting



Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Mardi Mauch for her presentation “Winter Wild Bird Feeding” at the March 15th Lunch Meeting


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Diane Fefferman for her presentation “Brick 4 Kids” at the March 8st Lunch Meeting

International Web Site: http://www.optimist.org

Optimist Club of Belleville: www.bellevilleoptimist.org

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The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself -
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

 

For more information about the Optimist Club of Belleville
please send us a note including your name and phone number to:


Optimist Club of Belleville - PO BOX 636 - Belleville, IL 62222-0636