St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club 

Meets Weekly:

Every Wednesday at 7:15 A.M. at Capital 360 

Capital 360 Community Room

30 7th Ave South       St. Cloud MN 5630


7:00 Purchase Breakfast at Cafe

7:15 Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance

7:16 Short Business Meeting

7:30 Program

7:59 Recite Creed

8:00 Adjourn

          Optimist Weekly Programs 

       November and December Programs

          Nov 6     Great River Childrens Museum/Greg Palm

          Nov 13   YMCA/Greg Gack

          Nov 20   Civil Air Patrol/Shawm Warneke

          Nov 27   Youth Appreciation Breakfast at Boy Scout                               Office in Sartell

          Dec 4      Charitable Gambling Report

          Dec 11    Community Foundation/ Caryl Turrow and                                 Greta Stark-Krater

          Dec 18    Holiday Social

          Dec 25    No Meeting

          Dec 31    Pizza Ranch Fundraiser 5:00-8:00 p.m.

          Jan 1       No Meeting

          Jan 8       Charitable Gambling Report

October 1, 2019 is the beginning of our new Optimist Year. As our year moves forward, watch for our weekly programs, projects, awards, new members and Optimist International programs which we sponsor giving youth in our community scholarship opportunities. 

 Our November Programming

At our Nov 6 meeting Greg Palm gave us an update on the possibilities of a children's museum in St Cloud In 2020.

In January of 2014 Charles Hempeck began his work as executive director of Anna Marie’s Alliance, whose primary program is an emergency shelter for battered women and their children. The St Cloud Morning Optimist presented Charles with a $5500 check for Anna Marie's House n Nov 6. it will be used to continue the great work they do with children of victims of domestic violence .

Shawn Warneke, Commander of the St Cloud Civil Air Patrol visited our club to tell us what the Civil Air Patrol does in our area and how the are colled to help the military when someone is loss, search for a missing plane or help with disasters 

We Welcomed our October Program Speakers

At our October 30th meeting Renee was presented with a plaque from the DMM District for reaching Honor Club President status for her efforts in making the St Cloud Morning Optimist Club an Honor Club for 2018-2019.

Cathy Wogen spoke to us about the "Kids Against Hunger" packaging food program for the hungry.  The Optimists visited the Catholic Charities Youth House to hear about the homeless shelter for area youth.  Suzanne Friedrich and Sara Greenberg-Hassen talked about their efforts to Feed Areas Children Together when they are not in school.   FACT provides packages of food that are placed in school backpacks on Friday so children are fed on the days they do not have school.

On September 26 the St Cloud Morning Club

had our installation banquet to kick off our new year. 

DMM Governor, Dave Martin, installed our new leaders Makayla Wijeratne as President and new board member Don Berger. 

Past president Renee Dingmann hands her gavel to Makayla. The St Cloud Club also celebrated 45 years of Optimism in our community.

Fred Schufelt was recognized as our only charter member. Congratulations for your 45 yrs of service to our club. Fred was awarded Optimist of the Year and received a Citation from OI President Rebecca Mona

President Renee honored five other members who have been Optimists for 40+ years.  They are Don Berger, Dale Okland, Dan Warneke, Fred Schufelt and Jim Bisek.
Congratulations and thanks Renee for a fantastic year. You made our club shine with achieving Honor Club Status for 2018-2019!
Some of our September program speakers were Suzie Rice for the Catholic Charities Youth House, Denny Smith speaking for the Paramount Theatre and Sam Ross representing the Boy Scouts