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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. 
  Program for:    August 9  -  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!”  
   
 Doc Bender had a Medical Memory, at our Wednesday, August 9th meeting, not a medical minute. In three months, Doc will be 95, and he didn’t want to forget what his memory was of the war years. Yes, Doc was in WWII and especially the Korean War. There were eighty men in his class when he went to medical school. He was classified as having a MOS as a fully trained urologist. They had 50,000 prisoners in South Korea where he was stationed, and he and other doctors had to take care of their medical needs. The prisoners were put in compounds of 5,000 men in each with a total of ten compounds. The compounds had machine gun nests setting on towers at each corner with guards patrolling outside the fence. The doctors were not armed, so they were at risk when they entered the compound. Five thousand prisoners, of the 50,000, had tuberculous (TB), and 10% of the 5,000 had complications of TB in their urinary tract or bones. A new drug was developed called streptomycin which saved their lives. Had these men not been captured by the Americans, they would have died of TB.   After the war, most of the prisoners returned to North Korea to be with their families. After Doc’s medical memory, Ron Eberhart presented Doc Bender with a very attractive plaque honoring his years of keeping the membership informed with his Medical Minutes.  Trip to Camp Carson.   Several members attended our annual trip to Camp Carson on Wednesday July 19th.  We enjoyed lunch with the campers and presented Mark Scoular, Executive Director, a check for over $3000 to help subsidize campers.  After lunch we took a tour of the beautiful camp.
Foundation President Ken Dennis presents a check to Peyton Blackard