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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:     January 10 - Donald Capital Management Foundation                                                 Update
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!”  
It was another great meeting on December 13th.  It was a multi event meeting.   We honored the Students of the Day from our Youth Appreciation Week by presenting them with plaques to honor them.  We also had carry-in desserts, and many members brought a toy to give to Toys for Tots.  We had over 30 people attending. President John had several announcements regarding the upcoming Salvation Army bell ringing on Friday, December 22nd.  If you want to participate, check your past emails from Josh Paulson, Chairman of their committee.  He has sent out a timesheet of availability. Also, Board meeting this Tuesday, December 19th, 12 Noon at ONB in conference room 205.   Dan Phillips gave a sunshine report about Dr. Bender.  He visited him at River Pointe Health Care facility.  He is in room 214. It is located at 3001 Galaxy Drive off of North Green Road just south of Lynch Road.  Sarge Mike Burk gave away the half-pot.   We started with $18 from last meeting and with the additional $$$ for this week gave away $26.00.  Winner was Ken Dennis.  The rule of this meeting was that the winner HAD TO KEEP the money and not give back to the club.  Ken gleefully took the money and quickly put it in his pocket.  He was heard saying…”Don’t tell Sharon as she will take it and spend it”. Ron Eberhart also donated two Christmas CD’s he had created.  One of the winners was Seth Pearson from Bosse High School.  The high point of the meeting was the awarding of plaques to the students by President John Perkins.   We requested they tell us a little about their job shadow day and also introduce their guests. Students honored were: Elijah Easterday and Seth Pearson from Bosse Connor Bixby and Emma Brown from Central Lucas Daunhauer and Taylor Kissel from Mater Dei Jason Chamness and Juliana Peckenpaugh from Reitz. Many parents, counselors, and other school officials were also present. This was our last meeting of the year and last meeting at the Hadi Shrine. Our club meetings return to Old National Bank in the Blue and Gold Room on Wednesday, January 10th.  Be sure and put that on your calendar and in you “smart phone” with a reminder. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ron Eberhart, December Newsletter Contributor.  
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Our Youth Appreciation Breakfast celebrated on November 8, 2017.