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 - Oratorical Contest
Optimist International
$22,500 Scholarship Opportunity

February 21, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Topic - “What the World Gains From Optimism”

Open to youths under the age of 18 as of Oct 1, 2016

Link to application: www.optimist.org/Forms/Oratorical_RULES_PAD-E_16-17.pdf

In addition to the opportunity for a $22,500 First Place scholarship, the Optimist Club of Belleville awards prizes for the First ($100), Second ($75) and Third ($50) place winners. Club winners advance to district levels to compete for a $2,500 scholarship.
The Regional Scholarship award is $5,000. Regional winners advance to the World Championship Contest where awards for first, second and third place scholarships are $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 respectively.

Contact Club Chairpersons – for additional information
Lacey Schmersahl (618) 233-5377 - lschmersahl@belleville118.org,
Jason Karstens (618) 604-0655 - jkarstens@bths201.org or
President Jane Bonaldi (618) 910-3454 - jbonaldi@charter.net


Optimist Club of Belleville Presents

“Night with the Stars”
Live on Stage -The Memories of Elvis

Staring **Steve Davis & The MidSouth
Revival Band**

Special guest appearance by Patsy Cline (Shanna
Fredrick) and Buddy Holly (Thomas Hickey)

Saturday, January 28, 2017
C K & L of I, 2800 North Illinois Street, Swansea, IL
Doors open at 6:00 PM Entertainment starts at 7:30 PM

Admission - Advance $30, at the Door $35.

Admission Includes food, soda and beer from 6:30 to 7:15 PM. Cash Bar all evening.
(No carry-in drinks allowed). Reserved seating available for 8 or more with advance
paid reservations.

***Silent Auction*** ***Oral Auction*** ***50/50***
Items needed for Silent and Oral Auction - contact Doug Dahm (618) 235-0498
We will also need donations of beer, wine or other alcoholic items for the “Wagon
of Booze”

 



Saturday, March 25, 2017
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

Please join the Optimist Club of Belleville and Honorary Chairwoman Cindy Hawkins 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


The Optimist Club Annual Poster Contest
2017 Theme – Be a H.E.R.O. – Helping Everyone Respect Others


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.

For additional information contact Club Chairpersons –
Jamerson McCloskey - (618) 233-3798 (W) or jmccloskey@belleville118.org or
President Jane Bonaldi (618) 910-3454 - jbonaldi@charter.net

 

 


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



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


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.


New member Barb Hohlt with her Member Certificate alongside her sponsor Cindy Beatty. Please welcome Barb to the Club.



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.



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