St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club
Every Wednesday at 7:15 A.M.
We are meeting via Zoom or in person
Members: Find the weekly Zoom meeting link in your email
7:15 Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
Short Business Meeting
7:58 Recite Creed
Oct 5 St Cloud Rox / Jim Loria
Oct 12 TBA
Oct 19 TBA
Sep 28 Charitable Gambling Report
Wednesday, September 7th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church,
4310 County Road 137, St Cloud.
Those who attended the seminar learned more
about the real situation of war-torn Ukraine
Our speaker was Irina Fursman
Irina Fursman, is founder of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Ukraine. She will speak about her experiences in Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine. Born in the USSR, Irina spent the first half of her life in Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine. She moved to the US in 2002. She and her husband, Richard Fursman, Ed.D., have initiated civic leadership engagement and education programs in Ukraine and across the US. Her efforts to help the people of Ukraine has earned her the distinction of being on the “Enemies of Russia” list.
Ms Fursman was accompanied by 18 Ukrainian students from her "Global Synergy Group", who are in the US as part of the Ukraine-Minnesota Community exchange program. Hear from the students about their real war-torn Ukraine.
At a recent Optimist meeting members were invited to see the possibilities for the new Children's Museum. Cassie Miles is the Museum Exe Director and Kylie Conover is Program and Outreach Manager
The museum is still in reconstruction at the new site. Elevators and stairways need to be removed and the museum will need three floors to add more space for hands on activities The museum will also have an outdoor space in back to teach environment and science. The front entrance will be redesigned to show the children all the choices. Kylie is so excited to start planning activities for each area. Kylie has many ideas but she said that they can't all be displayed at one time. Exhibits will be changed every two years. The Museum will be for children ages 1-10, although families and older children will find the museum just as exciting. Cassie hopes to have the museum open in 2024.