Welcome to the St Cloud Morning Optimists Club

Here is what  the Morning Optimists are doing in our Community

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Our New Optimist Year starts now Oct 1

Past President Don Berger is now our Lt Gov for our Zone.  His first responsibility is to install our Morning Optimist Club President for 2021-22, Denny Smith. Don also installed our new board.

Congratulations to our new President and his new board.

Thank you Don Berger for all you have done for our club to make it outstanding.
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Day of Caring
On our second Day of Caring, 12 Morning Optimists helped the Girls Scouts ready their gardens for fall.  Thanks to all of you who helped
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Youth Appreciation Breakfast

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The St Cloud Morning Optimists recognized nine youth who volunteer for organizations in our community. They were nominated for all the hours these individuals give to make their organizations thrive.
Yuli Angeles Big Brother, Big Sisters
Hamdi Hanshi, Kid Stop Boys and Girls Club
Tyler Eiynk, Boy Scouts of Amercia
Kaitlyn Gilk, Girl Scouts of America
Bianna Marwitz, Kennedy Kidstop
Diane Osfien, Centra Care Jr Volunteers
Not present
Christopher Dannels, New Fellowship Baptist Church 
William Pargo, City of God
Emanual Kutzer, Cathedral HS

Thanks for all the time you give for others!
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St Cloud Community Week of Caring 

The week of Sep 20-24 our community has declared four Days of Caring.  Organizations, businesses, and individuals volunteer to help those in need.  The Morning Optimist Club is assembling cancer ribbon pins for the YMCA to hand out for their Breast Cancer Walk.

Optimist International Drawing and Painting Contest for Children 

On Sept 1st President Don Berger presented Roe Seamans with her Optimist OI check for  Second Place in the OI World Competition for the Visual Arts Contest. See her drawing below. Optimist International presented all clubs to encourage  students in their community to participate. This is the second year one of our St Cloud students won second place.
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Thank you to the St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club for donating $15,316.90 to District 742 for the Optimist Park expenses! Funds will be used for picnic tables, benches, trash cans, and more! After the park is upgraded, come to see the improvements we have made. This park is a city park, school park, and Boys and Girls Club playground.
On August 11 the St Cloud Mourning Optimists
Presented the Achievement in Education Awards
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The Achievement in Education Awards  recognized individuals, businesses and organizations that provide support and assistance to our area schools. 
                                  Tess Koltesd     St Joseph Catholic School
                                  Jeff Haas          St Cloud Christian Schoo
                    Jim Dahl           Tech High School
                     Fred Klein        Tech High School
                     Robert Boatz   Tech High School
                                   Karl Nohner    Sauk Rapids High School  Not Present
                                   Robyn Wolbersen   Sauk Rapids School   Not Present

On July 14, St Cloud Morning Optimist Presented Friend of Youth Awards 
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Each year the St Cloud Morning Optimists recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations that provide support and assistance to area youth.  Congratulations to our current winners

Sharalyn Snavely.  Sheralyn has been instrumental in serving the Central MN Youth Ski Club

Tolly Vollen and Jon Vollen were nominated for their work with our Area Youth Ski Program,

Mark Dingmann was nominated for his work as President of the Sartell Baseball Assoc.

Steve Jurek. Steve has been a volunteer with the Central MN Boy Scouts

Vicky Welty plays an integral part in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Mary Swingle was nominated by the Boys and Girls Club of Central MN.

Gail Cruikshank helped launched Career START at the Boys and Girls Club

Jim Barthel - TLC Toys are retired seniors who design and build wooden toys for area youth 

Jim accepted his Friend of Youth Award on Aug 11

Not Present: Lenora Hunt - Lenora is the founder and director of Too Much Talent. 

On June 16 2021 the Morning Optimist Presented Respect for Law Awards

2021 Respect for Law Awards receiptants.

Congratulations to each of these Respect for Law Recipients

Pictured are front row: Heidi Voight and Linda Wander  Back row:  Buddy King, Brandon Johnson, Eric Schultz, Pastor James Alberts, Sgt. Ryan Sayre, and Aric Putnam

Buddy King has maintained a close working relationship with law enforcement agencies 

Heidi Voight and Brandon Johnson own Voight Johnson Realty Company and enjoy giving back to organizations in our community, 

Deputy Eric Schultz works as a School Resource Officer in Holdingford. 

Pastor James Alberts For the past 17 years Pastor Alberts has been involved in community policing and his leadership 

Ryan Sayre  Officer Sayre is with the St Cloud Police Department. .

Aric Putnam Senator Aric Putnam has been working with the Stearns County Policing Agreement for the past year. He has been a strong advocate for law enforcement funding.

Linda Wander Linda has been a strong supporter of the Waite Park Police Department 

Congratulations to our nine 2021 Optimist Scholarship Recipients. 
Each received a $1000 scholarship.

1. Albany High School - Lucy Then      

2. Apollo High School - Mohamed G Ahmed         

3. Catherdral - Brianna Rueter                      

4. Foley - Ellie Piepgras                              

5. Sauk Rapids - Justus Floren                   

6. Sartell - Adyn Larson                              

7. St Cloud Christian - Matthew Nelson           

8. St Cloud Tech - CMCF/tom Pierce Memorial Scholarship - Ridge Hagemeister      

9. ROCORI  Each received $500 scholarshops - Teanna Horn and Reis Perrotti