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The Optimist Club of the Monroe-Area, Ohio

Cherie Gentry - Phone Number: (513) 850-1954,
Darrel Basford - Phone Number: (513) 600-3528,
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 85, Monroe, OH 45050
Official Name: The Optimist Club of the Monroe-Area, Ohio
Meeting Location: Comfort Inn, Senate Drive, Monroe, Ohio
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Comfort Inn, Senate Drive, Monroe, Ohio

Optimist International:
1919 THE FOUNDING OF OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL Times were good. World War I had been fought and won and spirits were high in America, an ideal time for the birth of Optimism. The association of clubs that is known today as Optimist International was formed on June 19, 1919, when representatives of 11 clubs held a convention in Louisville, Ky., and adopted the name International Optimist Club. During the convention, William Henry Harrison, a descendent of the ninth President of the United States bearing the same name, was elected the first International President of Optimist international. Through the next three years, the organization grew to 49 clubs and 4,000 members. To learn more about this great organization go to:

The Mission, Vission, and Purposes of our organization are;

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

Current Optimist members are:
Janet Amuchastegui, Julie Bailey, Abbigail Barham, Aaron Basford, Darrel Basford, Melissa Costello, Jen Curry, Scott Decker, Kathy Demers, Rebecca Eschmeyer, Maggie Gattermeyer, Sadie Gentry, Cherie Gentry, Joe Gentry, Katlin Gentry, Roxanne Gentry, Timothy Gentry, Jason Goodall, Ashley Johnston, Lori Hardaway, Stephanie Owen, Roshan Patel, Rachel Ploeger, Jessica Ploeger, Teri Reece, Rhenda Snyder, Nancy Stratton and Arista Wahoff.

Community Involvement: What does the Monroe Optimist Club do?

Projects:100 Book Club (Reading Program)(Monroe Elementary School), Sponsor Soccer and Baseball/Softball Teams, Conducts Essay and Oratorical Contests, Awards (1 or 2) Senior Scholarships (Children and Grandchildren of club members) , Food Collection for the Needy, Clothing Collection for the Needy and donations to the Hope House.

Fundraisers: Operates the Concession stand for the Monroe Soccer Association and helps the Lebanon Optimist Club with the "Blues Festival".

Club Mission Statement:

The Optimist Club of the Monroe-Area

The mission of the Optimist Club of the Monroe-Area is to serve the local community with a variety of positive programs and activities which will benefit the youth of the community. It is our belief that by promoting the tenets of the Optimist Creed and the Purposes of Optimism, we will improve the quality of life for our Club members and the community in general. Through the use of our Club’s many and varied resources, we will strive to provide the youth of our community with a wide variety of opportunities to grow, compete and prosper as individuals, and as the future leaders of their community. To strengthen our ability to achieve our goals, the Club will provide a variety of forums for the social interaction of its members, as a means of promoting the camaraderie we all seek and enjoy. In all aspects of its activities, the Club will represent itself, through its members, as responsible and contributing citizens of the local community.

Adopted by the members on Wednesday, January 30, 2002.

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

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