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Club History:  Dr. Charles Hartloff, the first president of our club, was born on Friday the 13th, and he felt that the 13th was the most wonderful day in the monthly calendar, and when it falls on a Friday, it only adds to the real value of the day. Bish Thompson, a former member of our club, was an International Vice President. He was a longtime member of the club and a writer for the Evansville Press." He wrote a daily article for the paper and hosted a five-minute radio show. Bish wrote a book, "Of Dreams and Deeds",which is required reading for Optimist member participating in the "Personal Growth and Involvement"(PGI) program.  Each year, our club presents the  When Camp Carson was built in Princeton, Indiana, the Downtown Optimist Club supported them with money to help with building one cabin.  We again donated money to build a new cabin, Aztec.  The construction was completed in 2015.  Over the years, we have supported the Camp with gifts of furniture, boats, and money. Each year, we have a meeting at the Camp to be with the kids who we help sponsor and are unable to pay the Camps tuition.
                                   We celebrated our 96th Anniversary on May 13, 2017 We are 96 years old and still going and growing strong.  We have sponsored several clubs throughout our 96 year history including the Evansville Westside and Eastside Clubs and a club in Santa Claus, Indiana and most recently, the University of Southern Indiana college club comprised of students.   We are now planning for our 100th anniversary in 2021. Watch for more details in the months ahead. Our club was Chartered on Friday, May 13,1921 and was the second club chartered in Indiana and the 15th in the world. There were eighty-six charter members. Our club is a member of Optimist International, a worldwide organization, whose purpose is to serve the youth in our communitys.  Currently, we have approximately 50 members. We are members of the Indiana South District which is associated with Optimist International.  What differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity is simple -- OPTIMISM.  Optimists take their upbeat approach and work every day to make a difference for themselves. and for the people around them. Optimists are people who believe that through positive action in their communities they can create a better tomorrow.   Our Mission Statement:   By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. Our Vision Statement:  Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
  Program for:     March 14 -  God is Good Foundation
Banner in front of the new cabin, Aztec, we purchased for Camp Carson
Members tour the new cabin our club purchased. (L) Mark Scoular, Ron Eberhart, Jeff Olson, Ken Dennis, Gary Burk, and Don Julian
“Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities,                    and ourselves - right here, right now!”  
 Our speaker for February 24th was Abigail Adler from the Ronald McDonald House.  She gave the club great insight on how the organization works and how much good work it does in the community.  A few things she mentioned:   Ronald McDonald House keeps families close while their child is being cared for at any local medical facility. Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family.   The Ronald McDonald House provides care, comfort and critical support so families can focus on what is most important – their children. Grants  The grants program allows the organization to work with other local non-profit organizations, through their core programs and projects, to make an immediate, positive impact on children and their families Happy Wheels Cart: The Happy Wheels Cart provides a bit of comfort as our volunteers push it through the hospital hallways offering a smile, snacks, refreshments, toys and toiletries. Several members expressed interest in volunteering to cook a lunch or dinner for the families for a service activity for the club.  President John and VP Mike will be working to get something scheduled soon. Abigail also presented President John with a pair of “stripes” socks the kind that Ronald McDonald wears. John Perkins            
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Our Youth Appreciation Breakfast celebrated on November 8, 2017.