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St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club 

Meets Weekly:

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

7:30 Program

7:58 Recite Creed

8:00 Adjourn


                        October Programs
Oct 5       St Cloud Rox / Jim Loria
Oct 12    TBA
Oct 19    TBA
Sep  28   Charitable Gambling Report

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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. 



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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.

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July 13-2021
St Cloud Morning Optimist Club achieved a major recognition this past week.  Optimist International named the  St Cloud Morning Optimist Club as the 2020-21 Optimist International Club of the Year.  Thanks to President Don Berger  and our entire membership.
The Club was established in 1974. The Club has given over $2.5 million to youth activities in the St Cloud Area. 

Respest from Law Awards

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The St Cloud Morning Optimist Club recognized some of our local Officers who work to make our community safe and Community Members that work to show their appreciation for all that law enforcement  does for our citizens in are our area. Those honored are left to right. 
    Meghan Kelsey, 2nd Street Coffeehouse
    Chad Thesing ,  Works with DNR
     Sgt Gregg Klinefleter  St Cloud Police and Dist 742
     Officer Sara Gangle, North Junior High
     Officer Debora Ocloo  St Cloud Police 
Three individuals were not able attend the breakfast but were given certificates of appreciation.
      Eric Geier and Aaron Rieland  Bad Habit Brewing (Provides meeting space and a lot of root beer.
      Officer Todd Vanderwyst,  Works with DNR

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