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

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Optimist Club of Belleville – Essay Contest

Topic - “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”
Open to youths under the age of 18 as of 10/1/15. Proof of age
required. Entries must be Postmarked by February 5th.
- Download Application Here -

The Club awards prizes for the First ($100), Second ($75) and Third ($50) place winners. Contact Club Chairperson –Peggy Burke for additional information (618) 239-0000 (W) or peggy.burke@wssd115.org

Optimist Club of Belleville - Oratorical Contest
February 16, 2015

Topic - “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others”

Open to youths under the age of 18 as of 10/1/15. Proof of age required. Link to Application: www.optimist.org/Forms/Oratorical_RULES_PAD-E_15-16.pdf


The Club awards prizes for the First ($100), Second ($75) and Third ($50) place winners. Contact Club Chairperson – Lacey Schmersahl for additional information (618) 233-5377 (W) or lschmersahl@belleville118.org


Style Show and Luncheon
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Bellecourt Manor
225 E. A Street, Belleville, IL
10:00-12:00 Silent Auction, Vendors, Cash Bar
12 Noon Lunch
1:00 Style Show by Dillards

Please join the Optimist Club of Belleville and Honorary Chairwoman Darleen Jones for an optimistic afternoon of fashion, food, and fun to benefit the youth of our community.

Reservations $30 per person
Reserved table of 8 for $240

Send checks to:
Optimist Club of Belleville
PO BOX 636 - Belleville, IL 62222-0636

RSVP by 2/13/16 - Marilyn Koenig
(618) 726-7847 or mmkoenig@att.net

 

facebook users – Please visit the Club Page and like/share the posting on there for this event.


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

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 Vice President Jane
Bonaldi and Club member Ed
Weston present a Certificate of
Appreciation to Laurie Bauer for
her presentation “The Cancer
Treatment Center” at the January
26th Lunch Meeting.


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Thomas Trice and William Kenny for their presentation “Triken Private Investigators: What We Do and How We Do It” at the December 8th Lunch Meeting.


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Cindy Beatty present a Certificate of Appreciation to Travis Williamson for his presentation “Why You Should Support Small Business” at the November 24th Lunch Meeting


Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and VP Jane Bonaldi met with members of the BTHSE Octagon Club last Thursday

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Optimist Club President Ralph Schlesinger and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Dennis Knobloch for his presentation “Flood of 93” at the September 1st Lunch Meeting.


Optimist Club President Ralph Schlesinger and Club member Cindy Beatty present a Certificate of Appreciation to Jeff Bedard for his presentation “Mental and Physical Training for Kids in Karate” at the August 25th 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