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Club History:  Dr. Charles Hartloff, the first president of our club, was born on Friday the 13th, and he felt that the 13th was the most wonderful day in the monthly calendar, and when it falls on a Friday, it only adds to the real value of the day. Bish Thompson, a former member of our club, was an International Vice President. He was a longtime member of the club and a writer for the Evansville Press." He wrote a daily article for the paper and hosted a five-minute radio show. Bish wrote a book, "Of Dreams and Deeds",which is required reading for Optimist member participating in the "Personal Growth and Involvement"(PGI) program.  Each year, our club presents the  When Camp Carson was built in Princeton, Indiana, the Downtown Optimist Club supported them with money to help with building one cabin.  We again donated money to build a new cabin, Aztec.  The construction was completed in 2015.  Over the years, we have supported the Camp with gifts of furniture, boats, and money. Each year, we have a meeting at the Camp to be with the kids who we help sponsor and are unable to pay the Camps tuition.
         Food, Fun, Fellowship...and... We Help Kids!!!!  Come Join US!!!!                              The Downtown Optimist Club of Evansville Indiana , Inc.,                                                            We celebrated our 95th Anniversary on May 13, 2016  We are 95 years old and still going and growing strong.  We have sponsored several clubs throughout our 95 year history including the Evansville Westside and Eastside Clubs and a club in Santa Claus, Indiana and most recently, the University of Southern Indiana college club comprised of students.   Our club was Chartered on Friday, May 13,1921 and was the second club chartered in Indiana and the 15th in the world. There were eighty-six charter members. Our club is a member of Optimist International, a worldwide organization, whose purpose is to serve the youth in our communitys.  Currently, we have approximately 50 members. We are members of the Indiana South District which is associated with Optimist International.  What differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity is simple -- OPTIMISM.  Optimists take their upbeat approach and work every day to make a difference for themselves. and for the people around them. Optimists are people who believe that through positive action in their communities they can create a better tomorrow.
  Program for:    October 25 - Ross Chapman - City Transformation November 8 - Youth Appreciation Breakfast            
Banner in front of the new cabin, Aztec, we purchased for Camp Carson
Members tour the new cabin our club purchased. (L) Mark Scoular, Ron Eberhart, Jeff Olson, Ken Dennis, Gary Burk, and Don Julian
Youth Appreciaton Breakfast 2016 at ONB Events Plaza
“Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities,                    and ourselves - right here, right now!”  
   Optimist Club meeting was called to order by President John at RiRa’s for our annual NOW meeting on Wednesday, October 25th Yours truly led us in the innovation, Josh Paulson led us in the pledge and Optimist Club creed. Our special guests included – Kevin Anslinger (New York Life) guest of Dan Phillips Patrick Bassett (New York Life) guest of Dan Phillips Dan Barfield (Robert John & Associates) guest of Rich Hawley Jodie Hawley (Robert John & Associates) guest (and wife) of Rich Hawley Missy Goff (Autism Society of Indiana) guest of Colleen York Susan Washburn (Granted) guest of Colleen York Thanks to Dan, Rich and Colleen for bringing guests to the meeting in hopes they will join and share in the benefits of being a member of our Club! Prez John shared his insight of our role in the Evansville community and benefits of being a member of the Optimist Club. Ron Eberhart gave a history of our Club and what we do – have fun at Club meetings and benefit the youth in our community. He talked about us starting the downtown Club 96 years ago. Ron also shared facts that Gary Burk had researched including starting the Memorial Day Grave Visitation in the 1930s and joining the Santa Clothes Club effort in the 1940s – both have continued over the years. Ron conveyed our history of starting many other clubs including those in Evansville, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh and Santa Clothes, IN. A thank you goes to Mike Burk for providing the slide show of many of our activities! Mike Burk with his dad, Gary, after he received the  Optimit of the Year Award at our Changing of the Guard ceremonies on September 27th.