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Installation Dinner
The Optimist Club of Belleville 92nd Annual Officers and Board of Directors Installation Dinner. Tue, Sept 29th - Bellcourt Place - 6pm Dinner & Program - $12 per person – guests welcome
2015-2016 Officers    

Mike Koenig

Charles Mayhew

1st Vice President
Jane Bonaldi

Terri Seipp

2nd Vice Prresident
Jim Bryant

Ralph Schlesinger
Past President 2014-2015

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

Optimist Football Pool

You do not need to know anything about football nor do you need to watch games to win!

It’s that time of year to get your Football Pool cards.

Each card costs $20.00 (you can buy as many as you want). A total of $120 will be paid out for each week - $50 each for the two highest point totals and $10 each for the two lowest point totals. The card with the highest point totals for the season will be paid $100 and the card with the lowest point totals for the season will be paid $50. Cards will be paid out after week 4, week 8, week 12 and week 17.

Please contact Mike Koenig for additional details and to get your cards phone (618) 726-7847(H)
or (618) 616-0142) (C)
email – mmkoenig@att.net
This is a great fundraiser for the Club and a chance to win some money!!

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Texas Roadhouse
September 17th
4:00 - 10:00pm

Enjoy a great steak dinner
while making money for
your Club

Please feel free to print/pass this along
to family, friends and anyone else.

Note: you must present this
coupon to your server in order
for the Optimist Club to receive
the 10% donation

32nd Annual Chili Cook-Off


October 2nd –
October 3rd

11 AM – 10:30 PM

More Info:

Illinois 1st Quarter District Conferene

October 9th – 10th, 2015
Bloomington Chateau Hotel & Conference Center

1601 Jumer Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704
(309) 662-2020

Cutoff Date: September 23rd


Downtown Belleville Trick or Treat


October 30, 2015
5:30 - 8:00 PM

The Optimist Clubof Belleville will be providing refreshments and give-a-ways

Optimist Illinois District Convention
Some of the attendees of the Optimist Illinois District Convention held August 7-9th in Decatur, IL
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Past Optimist Club of Belleville Presidents recognized.

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Santa Parade 2015
Friday November 27th 10am downtown Belleville, IL.

Download the participation entry forms here. 

Childhood Cancer Campaign (CCC) Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, September 12th
8:00 AM – 12 Noon
Turkey Hill Grange (next to Eckert’s) 1375 Illinois 15, Belleville, IL
Items for the Auction can be dropped off at the Grange staring at 5:00 PM on Friday, 9/11

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.

Optimist Club President Ralph Schlesinger presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Chris Kremer for his presentation “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)” at the August 11th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Ralph Schlesinger presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Ralph Smith and Aubrey Jones for their presentation “Support for Victims Domestic Violence” at the August 4th 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