Charter member, Nelson Harpine

nelson harpineThe Westside Optimist Club mourns to loss of Charter member, Nelson Harpine. Nelson was an advocate of many children's activities on the west side of Springfield.

He was a scout leader, baseball coach and mentor to many. He was a driving force in the development of our baseball complex and fervent supporter of the development of children through many Optimist projects and programs such as the Oratorical Contest. His imprint on this club is still felt. Nelson's request was that donations be made, in lieu of flowers.

Donations can be made to the Optimist International Foundation, in his name and use the identifier, 36-522 on the check. The address is: 4494 Lindlell Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63108.

Boys & Girls Club Check Presentation

optimist boysgirlsclubToday members of the Springfield Westside Optimist club presented Jeff Long with the club's $500 donation for the Art program of the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield.  The dontation will help Boys & Girls club purchase art supplies.

The membership voted to provide the funding to help to continue the Fine Arts Program where children who have displayed a talent for the arts are then graduated into this program. This funding grant by our club will continue the program for another semester by providing mat boards, pencils, markers, charcoal´╝îpastels, watercolor, oil and acrylic paints, sculpting clay and photo printing.

The Boys & Girls Club has been serving the Ozarks since 1938 and promotes the health, social educational, vocational, and character development of youth providing wholesome leisure time activities and guidance under trained leadership.

Home Run Derby

Chairman CJ reported at the last meeting that he has located weighted softballs that could be tested at the ball fields to see if they could be used for the derby. It was suggested that he also look at Johnny Mac's for some locally.

The club voted to appropriate up to $25.00 to obtain some variable weighted softballs and a subcommittee will be set up at a later date that will meet at the park to try out the weighted ball. The Home Run Derby will be a fundraiser and several ideas where mentioned that will enhance the experience of the participants such as skills challenges, and 50/50 games.

Super Bowl-a-Thon 2014!

It's coming up! It'll be here before you know It. Chairman Jonathon has been in contact with Enterprise Lanes and our Second Super Bowl-a-Thon is scheduled for January 25th. We are partnering with Wish I May. This is a very worthwhile cause that we have financially supported and will be working with us on this fund raiser We raised $2464.00 last year and we would like to raise more this year. We are currently looking for sponsors as well as teams. Most importantly, are your media contacts. Everyone needs to begin making a list of your media contacts. Let Jonathan and VP Josh know who they are so a coordinated effort can be made to get the word out.

Pres. Lee asked that everyone begin obtaining items for the silent auction also. The auction last year was a great help in this fundraising effort.

Welcome Jay Anderson and Derek Patterson

Please welcome our new members Jay Anderson and Derek Patterson.  Of course it would be nice to have something more to say than this about them, but hopefully after our club President Lee sees this, he'll try and get us more content whenever we have a member join (hint hint).

Membership Drive / Christmas Party

santa and rudolph merryThe December 16th meeting will include a membership drive and partner invitation. Our meeting will start at the usual time of 6:00 p.m. but will end promptly at 7.

Our invited guests and spouse/partners will arrive at 7 for hors d'oeuvres and drinks and we'll extend an invitation to join our band of hooligans also known as the Westside Optimist club.

Our membership captain, Michael Defontes of DFG Insurance will sponsor an introductory open bar!  You can bring a desert if you wish.

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We are always looking for local businesses and organizations to build opportunities for ourselves and our kids. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to call one of our members and visit us at our next meeting!



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Mon Aug 20 @ 5:30PM
Club Meeting


As a Optimist International Club our focus will be to help develop activities and services independently as well as along side other civic organizations that will further OI's goals to help benefit kids in our area.

In addition to owning the Westside Optimist ball field, we have established partnerships with CASA of Southwest Missouri and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks and created two annual fund-raising events.

We are continuing to grow our membership and look for other opportunities to help bring out the best in kids in the Ozarks and around the world!

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