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

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Optimist Youth Appreciation Dinner
Tuesday, May 22nd - 6:00 PM Bellecourt Place
The Optimist Club will be honoring and presenting awards to the Essay Contest Winners, Poster Contest Winners and the College Scholarship recipients.




Optimist Day at Camp COCO

It’ll soon be time for District Optimists to gather for this year’s Camp Coco activities on Tuesday July 10th from 9-12 at Lake Bloomington’s Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. The theme this year is S’MORE FUN, and we have been asked to do the cardboard boat building again.

The Optimist Illinois District has supported Camp Coco for fifteen years as part of Optimist International’s focus on childhood cancer. Camp Coco was founded in 1986 by the Department of Pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, for the purpose of providing a camp experience for children with cancer. Coco stands for Children’s Oncology Camp Organization. It is for children with cancer ages 6-17, and their healthy siblings, aged 6-10.

The Optimist Club of Belleville supports Camp COCO by making an annual donation of $700 which supports a camper for a week.
For questions contact Chris Smith, papaguy1@comcast.net or (217) 546-2016

 



 

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 International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.

 



 

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.


International Web Si
te: http://www.optimist.org


 

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 information about the Optimist Club of Belleville click here

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Send us a note including your name and phone number to:

Optimist Club of Belleville - PO BOX 636 - Belleville, IL 62222-0636

 

 

 



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Optimist Club President Jim Bryant and Club member Ed Weston present a Certificate of Appreciation to Shannon O’Keefe, girls bowling coach for her presentation “McKendree University Women’s Bowling” at the May 1st Lunch Meeting. McKendree University won the 2017 NCAA National Champs; and was 2018 NCAA Runner up


Optimist Club President Jim Bryant presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Jack LeChien for his presentation “The History of Turkey Hill” at the April 3rd Lunch Meeting.


Optimist Club President Jim Bryant and Club member Doug Dahm present a Certificate of Appreciation to Jeff Couch of the Belleville News-Democrat for his presentation “Newsroom Reinvention – Headlines and Updates” at the December 19th Lunch Meeting.


 

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International Web Site: http://www.optimist.org

 


 

Optimist Club of Belleville: www.bellevilleoptimist.org

 

 

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