We celebrated our 95th Anniversary on May 13, 2016We 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.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: October 25 - Ross Chapman - City TransformationNovember 8 - Youth Appreciation Breakfast
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!”
Our guest speaker for our October 25th meeting was Ross Chapman, Tim Deisher’s son-in-law. Ross works on an effort known as City Transformation. There are around 250 churches in the Evansville area. Ross’s objectives are to see collaboration with these churches and ultimately see good outcomes. Some of the areas of collaboration are to address justice issues, community development, economic development, workforce development, vocational stewardship, and evangelism. There is an excellent short video he shared with us and can be viewed at www.leftturnfilm.com if you missed it or want to share with others. We wish Ross the best on his journey!Mike Burk with his dad, Gary, after he received the Optimit of the Year Award at our Changing of the Guard ceremonies on September 27th.
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