St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club 

Meets Weekly:

Every Wednesday at 7:15 A.M.

Because of the Stay in Place Recommendation 

we are meeting via Zoom Conferencing

Members: Find the weekly Zoom meeting link

in your email

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

           April and May

                    Apr 7     Life in the National Guard - Wade Bastian

                         Apr 14   Oratorial Contest Winners

                         Apri 21  OI Visual Art Contest and Photo winners

                         Apr 28   Charitable Gambling Report

                         May 5    les Voyaguers - Zach Fritz

                         May 12  Paramount Arts Center- Bob Johnson

                         May 19   Big Brothers Big Sisters - Tina Johanning

                         May 26   Charitable Gambling Report

October 1, 2020 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. 
DMM Governor Sally Damm installed the ne
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On September 27 the Morning Optimist welcomed Sally Damm our DMM Governor to our installation luncheon. Gov Damm installed President Don Berger as our new President and his Board of Directors.  Makayla presented Don will the presidential gavel.

At the end of our 2020-2021 Optimist year we gave any profits to our community

Our club members approved over $59,000 in donations to almost 50 non-profit organizations, schools, booster clubs, food shelves, and foundations in and around St. Cloud and the surrounding area this September. Funds are raised via charitable gambling at our wonderful host businesses: G-Allen's Restaurant & Sports Bar in Sartell, T-10 Gas in Sauk Rapids, Searles on Fifth and Stop 'n Go in St. Cloud. Thanks to these businesses and to all who support them!!

Optimist Toy Project in October
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Optimists were invited to tour TLC workshop

TLC Toys exists as a nonprofit organization whose primary function is to bring some happiness to less fortunate children in the five-county metropolitan area of  Minneapolis/St Paul, as well as across the country.  For the second year, the St Cloud Morning Optimists coordinated with TLC to accomplish their mission by providing toys to needy children. Our club chose 11 different organizations that work with children in the St Cloud Area. TLC heirloom quality toys are made from quality materials and are handcrafted by many talented volunteers. Their toymakers come from all walks of life and are not required to have any special skills, but they all share a desire to make a  difference in a child's life by showing them that someone cares. This year we distributed over 1246 toys. The toys were distributed to  11 area organizationsAnna Marie's Alliance, Catholic Charities, CentraCare,  Central MN Council of Boy Scouts,   Hope Academy Child Care Center, Lovely Child Care Center, Promise Neighborhood, Salvation Army and  Sartell Police Dept.


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toys at Catholic Charities Ginny and Wen
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