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

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Santa Parade
Friday November 25th 2016
Parade Participation Information - Download all the needed forms and information right here to submit your entry to the 2016 Belleville Santa Parade

Santa Parade Christmas Holiday Greeting
Sanat Parade Entry Form and Announcer Sheet
Santa Parade Guidlines

Optimist Club Foundation
The Optimist Club has formed a non-for profit foundation that is qualified as a 501(c)3
organization. Donations received by the foundation are tax deductable for the
person/company or organization making the donations. All such donations must be
made out to: Optimist Club of Belleville Foundation


Optimist Football Pool

It’s that time of year to get your Football Pool cards. You do not need to know anything about football nor do you need to watch the games to win!
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!!

Downtown Belleville
October 7th – October 8th
11 AM – 10:30 PM

Volunteer worker signup sheets will be circulated at lunch starting this week

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    

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 Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Cindy Beatty present a Certificate of Appreciation to Jane Bonaldi for her presentation “Mission Trip to South America at the August 30th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Mike Koenig presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Chris Gibson for her presentation “Student Mentors for Autistic Classmates” at the May 24th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Mike Koenig presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Thomas Trice for his presentation “Lie Detectors” at the May 17th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Mike Koenig presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Club members Phil Elmore & Brian Mentzer for their presentation “Broken Hearts” at the May 10th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Cindy Beatty present a Certificate of Appreciation to Jan Denby for her presentation “The Blessing Basket Project” at the May 3rd 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