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 Santa Parade
Friday, November 23, 2018
Starting 10:00 AM

The parade route will begin at North Third and West A Street and will proceed south on Third and then east on Main Street to Forest Avenue


Optimist Club of Belleville Santa House
Visit the Santa house starting Friday November the 23rd after the Santa Parade through Christmas Eve December 24th

Click on Santa's Poster for Hours and larger view.
For more information visit: http://www.bellevillesantahouse.com

Optimist Christmas Food Drive

Cindy Hawkins - 541-9930 - hawkinsr70@aol.com and
Cindy Beatty – 691-8002 – tb143@norcom200.com
are cochairs for this Optimist Club Activity. They will be collecting for this event through Tuesday, December 11th. Cash only donations will be accepted to purchase food items.

Calls from Santa

The Optimist Club of Belleville is once again participating in
the Calls from Santa. Contact Corky Helms, the Optimist Club
Chair for this activity at (618) 233-8364 or email
4anvil@att.net to be a Santa volunteer (men only). The call
dates are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 3rd, 4th & 5th from 6:00PM – 8:00PM


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!!

Optimist Holiday Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser

Scrip is a program where we, as a non-profit organization, can purchase Gift Cards and earn a percentage of the value of the cards for our Club. It’s an easy way to earn some extra dollars for our Optimist Club, an easy way to do your Christmas shopping and a very practical gift idea! The gift cards cost NO MORE than the value they are bought for; we just earn a percentage of the sale!
Please give completed forms along with your check to Connie Sinn at lunch meetings or mail to address on the form that was emailed to you. Deadline Tuesday, November 27th.




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

Optimist Club President BrendaFedak and Club member Cindy Beatty present a Certificate of Appreciation to Mario Jimenez of the U.S. Department of Justice after his presentation “Domestic Terrorism – The Threat Within” at the November 13th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Jim Bryant and member David Donley present a Certificate of Appreciation to Emily Farrington for her program ”History of her House in the Abend Historic District” at the August 7th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Jim Bryant and member David Donley present a Certificate of Appreciation to Jim Ross for his program ”My Walk on the Appalachian Trail” at the August 14th Lunch Meeting.

Optimist Club President Jim Bryant presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Dennis Hampel and his wife for their program ”See the Magic” at the August 21st Lunch Meeting.

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.


Santa Parade Photos 2107


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



Optimist Club of Belleville: www.bellevilleoptimist.org



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


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