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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.
                                   We celebrated our 96th Anniversary on May 13, 2017 We are 96 years old and still going and growing strong.  We have sponsored several clubs throughout our 96 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.   We are now planning for our 100th anniversary in 2021. Watch for more details in the months ahead. 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.   Our Mission Statement:   By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. Our Vision Statement:  Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
  Program for:     February 14 - Abigail Alder - Ronald McDonald House
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
Susan Sauls
Tina receiving her gift card
“Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities,                    and ourselves - right here, right now!”  
Our meeting on Wednesday, January 24th was a tribute to Don Julian.  We began with a video presentation of pictures of Don at various club  activities.   (The video has been put on our club Facebook page.)  Don was very involved in all club activities and served as President in 1986 - 87 and again in 2007 – 08.  He also served on the board of directors many times, as well.  The last couple of years Don could not be as active as he was taking care of his wife, Martha. Ron Eberhart made remarks about Don being a true gentleman who always had the club’s interest at heart.   Next Michael played a video of Don singing in his barbershop quartet.  Don was a “barbershopper” for over 60 years. Long time friend of Don and Martha, Susan Sauls, was present to represent the family.  Due to work constraints, they were not able to be present including Don’s son, Bruce.   Susan’s recollections go back to 1976 when she first met Don.  Her husband, Virgil is also a “barbershopper”.  He and Don sang together over the years.  They had traveled together on many occasions. One of her memories was Don doing a rendition of “Prinderella and Cince.”  A singing limerick where the first letter of each word was transposed.  Susan said she was amazed at how he always did the presentation without making a mistake.   Don will be missed and his ideas and participation will also be missed.  His sudden passing has been a loss to our club. We also presented Colleen York with her name badge and Tina Gibbs with a gift card for her help in publishing our newsletter. Next meeting will be on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Maybe you should consider bringing your Valentine!!! Ron Eberhart,  January Newsletter Contributor  
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Colleen with her new badge
Our Youth Appreciation Breakfast celebrated on November 8, 2017.