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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.
      Youth Appreciation Breakfast - November 3, 2016 Nearly 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, 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:  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 Louisville May 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 members Summer 1923 -slogan “Friend of the Delinquent Boy” April 1930 -started to meet at the Vendome May 1930 -started grave visitation Oct. 1933 -Camp Optimist began 1935 -Junior Optimist Club started 1936 -Life membership started 1941 -$400 cabin purchased for Camp Carson 1944 -club helped collect scrap metal for war effort 1945 -25th anniversary 1947 -incorporated 1962 -host to the Fifth District Convention 1988 -first woman member, Pam Fulkerson-Macer 2011 -Optimist Club at USI chartered More 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 position only open to past presidents. See Gary’s presentation.  Click the link on the left.  “Club History- PowerPoint”.