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".
Twin City Area Optimist Club is a Not-For-Profit organization without a 501(c)3 designation. Any donations made directly to our club are not tax deductible. If you would like to donate without a tax deduction, you may do so via Venmo @TC-Optimist or make your check payable to Twin City Area Optimist Club and mail it to us at P.O. Box 475, Festus, MO 63028. To donate WITH a tax deduction, make your check payable to Optimist International Foundation, put Twin City Area Optimist Club in the memo line, and mail it to the same address. We are dedicated to improving the lives of children in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.
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.