Gary Burk introduced our speaker, Erik Nilssen, who is a Deputy Sheriff with the Sheriff’s Department. In addition to his regular responsibilities as a sheriff’s deputy, he works with Explorers Post for kids which teaches kids defense tactics/competition.  He also works in the DARE program. This teaches youth about drug programs and allows mentorship for youth. DARE officers sole job is to be in the schools and teach anti-programs. He is also involved in demonstrations at the FOP Camp. Erik also mentioned the “ride along” program in which teens can participate. He also offered to allow members to ride along. He also works actively with Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana. He focused on drug abuse and how important it is to stop youth from getting hooked on drugs. It was a great meeting.  Ron Eberhart, Newsletter Contributor with special thanks to Shaun Kingston for providing the notes.   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.
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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:    September 27 - Change of the Guard at Kennel Club October 11 - NOW Meeting at Ri Ra Irish Pub            
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
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