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

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Illinois District Midwest Junior Golf Qualifier
June 13 – 15, 2016
Redtail Run GC
Decatur, IL
The event is open to Boys 16-18 years old and Girls 15-18 years old
The Optimist Club of Belleville is a Hole sponsor for the event.
Anyone interested in attending and volunteering to help out should contact Terry Wright @ (217) 827-5978

The Big Brothers, Big Sisters Picnic

The Big Brothers, Big Sisters Picnic will be on Thursday, June 16th. We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers again. We start about 4:30 with serving beginning at 5:45. If you can help, contact Mike Koenig at 726-7847 or mmkoenig@att.net.

Texas Roadhouse Night

Texas Roadhouse Night
Come out and enjoy a great dinner and help our club make some money.

Diners MUST present the coupon to your server in order for us to receive the 10% donation. Download Coupons Here

Please share with your friends!

The event is posted on our facebook page. If you are on facebook please like and share on your page for your friends to see.

Download the Poster Here
to help promote the fundraiser

Optimist International Oratorical World Championships

First Annual Optimist International Oratorical World Championships will be held in St. Louis at the Saint Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship on June 23rd and 24th.

Regional contests will on Thursday starting at 9:00 AM. The World Championship will be held on Friday. Optimist Club members are invited to attend. RSVP required – contact Mike Koenig. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served both days.

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 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.

Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Ed Weston present a Certificate of Appreciation to Captain Joe Garland for his presentation “The Arson Dog” at the April 12th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Mike Koenig and Club member Ed Weston present a Certificate of Appreciation to Bob Dintelmann for his presentation “Spring Plantings” at the April 5th 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