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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
(406) 652-6199

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
(610) 446-0544

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 (36400)
11154 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 331-0313
(816) 763-7377 – fax

Project Contact: Janet Price, Raymore – Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club (36354)
13807 11th St.
Grandview, MO 64030
(816) 765-2732

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
(505) 323-5456

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 local fairs.

Project Contact: Carol Moeller
1294 Deerfield Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29302
(864) 582-2159

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
(876) 975-0976

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 residents.

Project Contact: Theresa Walton
1319 W. Linn St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
(641) 752-6303

Other Club Activities
Childhood Cancer
Community Improvement
Culture and Education
Joint Projects with a JOOI Club or Youth Organization
Sports and Recreation
Youth Appreciation