A few of the many projects conducted by our Optimist Clubs:
- Working with schools to enhance education
- Conducting substance abuse prevention programs
- Sponsor Camp Boggy Creek (for children with serious illnesses)
- Sponsor youth sports teams (Clearwater Challengers Baseball)
- Tutoring and mentoring young people
- Providing food baskets to needy families
- Assisting disaster victims
- Keeping kids safe during Halloween night
- Supply school supplies to kids in need
- Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
- Halloween Night (City of Pinellas Park Halloween Treat Trail)
- Sallie House - Christmas Celebration
- Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Fund (to a family with kids only)
How Do We Earn Our Money?
Our club works the Tropicana Field (Ray's baseball games) at various concession stands. We work about 20 to 21 games and for every person we earn money. The earned money is used by the club to give back to the kids in the community. Thinking about volunteering to help us? We are always looking for volunteers to help us earn money. Want to help us out? Check under the Contact Us page.
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Just one of the many things we do in the community with the money we earn.
This was our 13th year of donating to Mason Dixon's Christmas Wish Fund to help provide a better Christmas to a family with kids that needed assistance. Being on the air with Mason and the crew is a great thing. If you didn't get a chance to hear it at the time, click the hyperlink under the spotlight to hear it now. Come join us and be a part of something great in the community.
Mason Dixon of Q105, Nancy Berghammer, Secretary/Treasurer of Optimist Club of St Petersburg presenting our donation on the air.
Members of the Optimist Club and volunteers work hard at the Tropicana stands earning money to give back to the community.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
On September 14th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM we held our 4th Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser with Raffles, Silent Auction and 50/50 at 4515 38th Avenue No, St Petersburg, FL. We were looking forward to beating the amount that we made last year. We beat the last year's amount by $282.00. We had a bigger turnout which really made a difference. The donations we received were amazing and those that participated in buying tickets were really excited with the chances to win them!!!
Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Fund
Giving thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers and businesses that helped us earn money.
The Downtown, Breakfast,and Sunset Optimist Clubs along with our Club held the Easter Egg Hunt at Lealman Park on March 31st for the kids to find the many Easter eggs with prizes in them and giving out bags of candy and prizes to all of the kids that came out. New bicycles were given to the winners. Our club donated $400.00 for this event. When asked if the kids had fun we were advised that the squirrels had a good time too!
We Accept Kids Clothes Donations
Every so often members of the community contact us to see if they can donate clothing to help children that aren't as fortunate as others. Here is just one of the most recent donations of new clothes that was received from a very nice lady in the community. These items were given to the Clothes to Kids.
Celebrating 95 Years of Community Service
Trombone Received from Laudi is Donated to Lealman Elementary School
That's only 5 years younger than Optimist International (OI)! Our club was chartered in the same year (1924) that the OI Convention voted the right to charter Junior Optimist Clubs everywhere. The motto "Friend of the Boys" was adopted and in 1972 the motto was changed to "Friend of Youth" to reflect service to both boys and girls. It wasn't until 1987 that the OI Board of Directors voted to admit women for membership. The number of clubs expanded due to women being involved. It was a success.
A member of the community (Laudi) posted that he had a trombone he wanted to donate so that a student who is interested in music could get some good use out of it. We answered his post and he choose our club and gave it to us.
Lealman Elementary is just one of the schools we sponsor and it turns out that they had been looking for a replacement trombone because theirs was bad. The timing was just right.
Optimist member Nancy (left) presenting the trombone to Vice Principal of Lealman Elementary School
We donated 2 Bicycles to honor 2 students at Lealman and Lealman Honored Us
Lealman had an idea to honor a 1st and 5th Grade student with a bicycle for their being honored students throughout the year. We supported that and purchased the bicycles along with helmets and locks. The chosen students were picked by the school.
At a present luncheon at the school honoring the students from all the grades we too were honored on stage and presented with the framed picture showing the presentation of the bicycles by us.