Club Activities - Health and Welfare
Projects designed to improve the health and welfare of all citizens such as
blood drives, senior citizen activities, disabled persons projects, hospital
visitations, benefit meals and food for the needy. Substance abuse prevention
programs that focus on physical well-being, such as D.A.R.E., are also a part
of this category.
Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan and Northern Wyoming District (4 Clubs) –
Multiple Club CPA Entry
Optimist Special Children’s Camp
Four Billings-area Optimist Clubs joined forces to present a camp for 50 special
needs children ages 6 to 18. The goal of the camp was to give the children a
week of summer camp where they can forget about their disabilities and have
fun while giving their caregivers some free time. The Clubs raised funds and
drafted policies, procedures, activities and programs for the camp. Paid staff
in the form of four co-directors, a nurse and a camp cook were hired. Club Members
worked hard to get the camp facility ready and utilized resources generously
donated by local businesses. Invitations were distributed to campers and counselors
were recruited. During the week of camp, the children played games, did crafts,
swam and enjoyed a special activity each night (movie, dance, carnival). The
Club developed a PowerPoint presentation of photos from the camp that serves
as a great recruitment tool.
Project Contact: Alan Niven
2826 Manhattan Drive
Billings, MT 59102
Optimist Club of Havertown (02140) – Pennsylvania/Upper Delaware District
Holiday/Christmas Stocking Drive for Kids
The Club filled holiday stockings for needy children in the local community.
Every stocking included a hat, gloves and scarf along with items to play with
and enjoy. One Member offered to match up to 30 stockings donated by Members
at a cost of $17.50 per stocking. The activity was promoted at every meeting
and publicized in the Club’s monthly newsletter. This activity was chosen
because it allowed Members to be “friends of youth” and spread happiness
and cheer to children during the holiday season. The Club donated 100 stockings
and succeeded in making the holidays happy for the underprivileged children
in the area.
Project Contact: John Millon
323 Stanley Ave.
Havertown, PA 19083
West Missouri District (2 Clubs)
WHALE – “We Have a Little Emergency”
WHALE is an identification program that started in the early 1990s by a child
caregiver who was concerned with what would happen to the children in her care
in the event of a car crash. If the adult in the vehicle is seriously injured
or unable to talk, emergency personnel have no easy way of identifying a child
or his or her special needs. The WHALE program provides an information card
in a self-adhesive holder which will adhere to the back of a child safety seat
and stickers that can be placed on the car windows and safety seat. The information
card provides medical personnel with the child’s name, medical information
and who to contact in case of an emergency. The Clubs purchased WHALE kits and
sponsored events where the materials were handed out to local parents.
Project Contact: Dorothy Carpenter, Optimist Club of Kansas City – Southside
11154 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 763-7377 – fax
Project Contact: Janet Price, Raymore – Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club
13807 11th St.
Grandview, MO 64030
Evening Optimist Club of Albuquerque (19075) - New Mexico/West Texas District
Bicycle Rebuild Project
A Club Member made requests on a local radio station for donations of bicycles
in fair to good condition. Once a month, the Club scheduled a “Bike Work
Day,” where Members and community volunteers gathered to rebuild bicycles
of all types. The rebuilt bicycles were then sent to an inspection area where
they were cleaned and an operational and safety inspection was performed. The
Club worked with their city to choose the appropriate distribution facility
and establish a lottery system to ensure a smooth distribution process. One
of the Club Members, dressed as Santa handed out the bikes and a bag of candy.
Other Members made final adjustments to fit each bike to its new owner.
Project Contact: Hilda Aplin
4016 Blue Ridge Pl. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Greater Spartanburg Optimist Club (22413) - South Carolina District
Security Blanket Project
This project was designed to help alleviate the miscellaneous costs of travel
and care incurred by families seeking treatment for children afflicted with
cancer. The Club strove to provide comfort and protection for families that
were in unfamiliar cities for their children’s treatment. Money was also
raised to send the children to camps or on special trips to bring them joy and
lessen the stress endured by their illness. Club Members distributed program
brochures to treatment facilities and service providers, and families were referred
by medical and service professionals, the local cancer association or by their
friends. In addition to partnering with corporate sponsors, fundraising efforts
included a charity golf tournament, silent auction and selling concessions at
Project Contact: Carol Moeller
1294 Deerfield Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29302
South Metro Optimist–Centerville (24073) - Ohio District
Dolls for Children’s Hospital
During the Christmas holiday, this Club recognized a special need to deliver
some holiday cheer to children in the hospital. Dolls were lovingly constructed
by hand to resemble each young patient at a local hospital. Delivering these
lifelike dolls brightened the season for terminally ill children and made each
Member of the Club feel the true joy of giving.
Project Contact: Jennifer Schenk
35 Gulfwood Ct.
Centerville, OK 45458
Optimist Club of St. Ann’s Bay (78245) - Caribbean District
HIV/AIDS: Only You Can Prevent It
This Club collaborated with the St. Ann Parish AIDS Committee to reduce the
spread of HIV/AIDS through education and awareness programs. They worked to
build a Health and Support facility to house the committee’s administrative
offices, a counseling and training area and a library with related material.
The program helped the community to become educated and remove the stigma attached
to people infected with the disease. This activity heightened community interest
in the Club and made people aware of the HIV/AIDS scourge and its implications
for their community, as well as their country.
Project Contact: Sonia Anderson
C/o Kaiser Jamaica Bauxite Co.
Discovery Bay, St. Ann Jamaica
Iowa District (7 Clubs) - Multiple Club CPA entry
Iowa District Optimist Collection for the Food Bank of Iowa
District Clubs collected food, personal and health care items in their communities
for the local food bank. Clubs distributed fliers in their communities promoting
the program. Members brought the donations to the 3rd Quarter District Conference.
The loading of the donated truck was filmed. The donations were to be distributed
to 265 agencies in 44 counties in Iowa, improving the quality of life for low-income
Project Contact: Theresa Walton
1319 W. Linn St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Other Club Activities
Projects with a JOOI Club or Youth Organization