Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids!
It was early in 1988 when three Optimist members from the Cape Girardeau, Missouri club came to the Festus/Crystal City area to "build" a new Optimist Club. Finding little interest and even being told by one community leader, "We don't need any more service clubs," they, being optimists, did not give up. Remembering that only recently Optimist International had begun admitting females as members, they forged ahead and began recruiting women. Very soon 63 women had expressed interest and, on May 10, 1988, the Charter Presentation Banquet was held. The club was off and running and, all these years later, continues the race with multitudes of youth service projects to benefit children and exemplify Optimist International mottos - "Friend of Youth" and "Bringing Out the Best in Kids".
2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Top row left to right: Mary Kay Scott, President; Phyllis Neff, Past President; Gerty O'Leary, President-Elect; Cathy Elliot, Secretary; Mickie Huskey, Secretary-Elect;
Middle row: Pat Parsons, Treasurer; Laura Elbel, Treasurer-Elect; Megan Meyer, 2020/2021 Board Member; Patty Meyer, 2020/2021 Board Member; Debbie Schumaker, 2020/2021 Board Member;
Bottom row: Janice Boyd, 2020/2021 - 2021/2022 Board Member; Judy Kuhlman, 2020/2021 - 2021/2022 Board Member; Barb Schmidt, 2020/2021 - 2021/2022 Board Member.