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Santa Parade cancelled due to RAIN
Friday Nov 27th 8:30am - Due to rain the Optimist Santa Parade was cancelled. Santa Clause will still arrive in Belleville and visit with children at Santa's House starting at 1pm today, November 27, 2015. The Sing-A-Long and "lighting of the fountain" at 6pm will still go on but from inside the white tent on the south side of the square. Fredbird, who was scheduled to be in the parade will meet and greet people in the tent from 10am to 11am this morning.

Optimist Club of Belleville Santa Parade
Friday, November 27, 2015 Starting 10:00 AM

The parade route will begin at 17th and Main Street and will proceed east on Main Street to Forest Avenue

Sing-A-Long and official Lighting of the Fountain

Join us at 6:00PM, Friday, November 27th at the Santa House on the Square for the official “Lighting of the Fountain” and the “Holiday Sing-a-Long”.

Optimist Club of Belleville Santa'a House

Visit Santa's House in downtown Belleville, IL starting Friday November the 27th after the Santa Parade through Christmas Eve December 24th.www.bellevillesantahouse.com for hours and info


Friday November the 27th 1:00pm to 4:30pm.
At 6:00pm the Sing-a-Long begins with caroling and the official turning on of the downtown lights with Mayor Mark Eckert. Santa Claus will then make his appearance to greet everyone before returning to his house to visit with children approximately from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. We invite everyone to come and participate in this fun and exciting evening.

Optimist Holiday Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser

This is a scrip is a program where we, as a non-profit organization, can purchase Gift Cards and earn a percentage of the value of the cards for our Club. It’s an easy way to earn some extra dollars for our Optimist Club, an easy way to do your Christmas shopping and a very practical gift idea! The gift cards cost NO MORE than the value they are bought for; we just earn a percentage of the sale!

Please give completed forms along with your check to Cindy Beatty at lunch meetings or mail to Cindy Beatty, 4552 Elk Meadows Lane, Smithton, IL 62285

Order forms and money must be received by 12/1/15.

If you have any questions, please call Cindy Beatty at 691-8002.

Calls from Santa

The Optimist Club of Belleville is once again participating in the Calls from Santa.

Contact Corky Helms, the Optimist Club Chair for this activity at (618) 233-8364 or email 4anvil@att.net to be a Santa volunteer (men only). The call dates are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 7th, 8th & 9th from 5:50PM-8:00PM. The calls will be made from the North Pole (City Hall).

Christmas Food Drive


Cindy Hawkins is chairperson for this Optimist Club Activity.- 234-0229 (H) 541-9930 (C) - hawkinsr70@aol.com


Cash only donations will be accepted to purchase food items.

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!!


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

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. 

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

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Downtown Belleville Trick-or-Treat

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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.

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.

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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