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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 Bish Thompson Memorial Award  to honor one person from the community who has excelled in helping children. Their name is placed on a plaque for all to see at the Evansville Library, Downtown. They also receive an individual plaque and a check for $250 to a charity of their choice. In addition to honoring these individuals, we hope to encourage others, outside the Optimist Club, to help children. When Camp Carson was built in Princeton, Indiana, the Downtown Optimist Club supported them with money to help with the buildings. 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.
Laura Limp our speaker for Wednesday, January 25, 2017, presented information about Angel Mounds which is one of 11 Indiana State Historic Sites. One thousand Mississippian Indians inhibited Angel Mounds from 1000-1450 AD. Angel Mounds was the religious, political and trade center within a 75 mile radius. In 1800 AD Euro Americans arrived to the area. In 1938 preservation of the site began. Archeologist Glenn Black recovered 2.5 million artifacts from Angel Mounds. Since 1998, there has not been any additional dig by IU who has exclusive dig rights at this time. Angel Mounds is 1000 years old, housed on 600 acres, with 11 earthen mounds as well as wetlands and beehives (courtesy of Wesselman’s Nature Preserve). Three hiking and biking trails are available to the public. Some of the programs offered at Angel Mounds include: community and school based, along with cross country meets and archery tournaments. NativeAmerican days will be held September 22nd throughSeptember 24th. In 2016, Angel Mounds welcomed over 70,000 visitors. Many volunteer opportunities are available including program support, assist with Indian exhibit reconstruction or a new philanthropy committee which is forming. Jason Rucker and Josh Paulson, new members, received their “official” name badge presented by President John Perkins. President John Perkins adjourned the meeting at 12:58 p.m.                                  Optimistically, Cheryl Graves 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:   February 8 - Professor Feng:  Shen Yun Meeting Moves to the Hadi Shrine - 2nd Floor            
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
President John Perkins presents Laura with a speakers plaque and pen
“Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities,                    and ourselves - right here, right now!”  
Our meeting for 2/8 moves to Hadi Shrine..2nd Floor