Youth Appreciation Breakfast - November 3, 2016Nearly 80 students were honored on Wednesday, November 3, 2016 at the Old National Events Plaza during the annual Youth Appreciation Breakfast. Eastside, Northside, and our Downtown Club cooperatively sponsored the breakfast. The top 10 seniors from Bosse, Central, Evansville Day, Harrison, Memorial, Mater Dei, North, and Reitz were honored. Keynote speaker was Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. After the breakfast, the students went to a business for a day of job shadowing. Food, Fun, Fellowship...and... We Help Kids!!!! Come Join US!!!!The Downtown Optimist Club of Evansville Indiana , Inc., celebrated our 95th Anniversary on May 13, 2016We 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: June 28 - TBA
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
“Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves - right here, right now!”
Member Gary Burk was the speaker for our Wednesday, June 14th meeting speaking on the history of the Optimist Club. He presented a slide show of old photos and these key dates:June 1919 - Optimist International first met in LouisvilleMay 13, 1921 (Friday)- Optimist Club of Evansville first met-date was chosen because first President,Dr. Hartloff, had a birthday on Friday the 13th - - 34 charter membersSummer 1923 -slogan “Friend of the Delinquent Boy”April 1930 -started to meet at the VendomeMay 1930 -started grave visitationOct. 1933 -Camp Optimist began1935 -Junior Optimist Club started1936 -Life membership started1941 -$400 cabin purchased for Camp Carson1944 -club helped collect scrap metal for war effort1945 -25th anniversary1947 -incorporated1962 -host to the Fifth District Convention1988 -first woman member, Pam Fulkerson-Macer2011 -Optimist Club at USI charteredMore facts about Optimist Club of Evansville-Downtown:-Have helped start 12 other clubs-Member Bish Thompson served as Vice President of International Optimist-It is estimated that 30 kids are helped by each member in Optimist-Currently, we are the only district that does not have a Lt. Governor, a positiononly open to past presidents.See Gary’s presentation. Click the link on the left. “Club History- PowerPoint”.