In Quincy, Illinois, the Breakfast Optimist Club sponsors a Soap Box Derby.
Over the past three years, it has grown from 65 to 122 participants and enlarged from a 1-day event to 2-days.
The competition takes place at the 18th Street Hill near Bob Mays Park, and that is a perfect location to generate some speed and excitement for the Super Kids Soap Box Derby Competition.
Who are the Super Kids who take part?
Special needs children from local organizations.
According to race director Ray Wilson, Quincy, Illinois will soon be known as the epicenter for the Super Kids Soap Box Derby. Although the Derby is a fundraiser for the Breakfast Optimist Club's cancer fund, the Super Kids are not charged an entry fee. Local sponsors like Hy-Vee and Home Depot, among others, make it possible to treat the children to a great event and support another great cause. "This whole project sounds enormous to many," said Wilson, "but it is not difficult when people's hearts are in the right place."
Wilson went on to explain that many of these parents have difficulty involving their sons and daughters in sporting events. The Super Kids races are very positive event for them, the children and the community.
That's what being an Optimist Club member is all about: Bringing out the best in youth, our community and ourselves.
Photo: Michael Kipley
February 7, 2016
January 30, 2016
There's a famous quote attributed to Lily Tomlin that reads, "I said 'Sombody should do something about that.' Then I realized I am somebody."
That's what happens in your community when people come together as an Optimist Club.
- They see needs and work together to find solutions.
- They see achievements and work together to provide recognition.
- They see hope and work together to celebrate its promise.
An Optimist Club, just as its name implies, offers a positive way of thinking so that all may sieze the promise of their potential. Coming together with others to #shareoptimism provides a cheering section for you as an individual and for others in the community. One of the lines of the Optimist Creed says that we should be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as we are about our own. When you join an Optimist Club, you work with others to make that tenet, and nine others, come true.
This is your call to action. Do more than read about problems in the paper. Get up and help! Join an Optimist Club and #shareoptimism with the world.
Click here to find an Optimist Club near you or email me and I'll help you start a new Optimist Club in your community. Thank you.
January 25, 2016
Eureka! I've found the perfect way for you to give back to your community and build up your positive outlook at the same time.
What is it? Join an Optimist Club!
When you join an Optimist Club, you find people who look on the bright side of life and encourage others, especially children, to be the best they can be.
When you join an Optimist Club, you make friends who share their positive vision with their community and work to solve problems and challenges in a way that makes their neighborhood, and yours, the best place to live.
When you join an Optimist Club, you gain leadership skills and learn to coach others, children and adults, to think and prove that they can be leaders too.
When you join an Optimist Club, you learn that it's a way of life to #shareoptimism with others and that is a powerful message to give.
When you join an Optimist Club, you make a difference in your life and work with others to make a difference in theirs. That is a great idea.
Join an Optimist Club and make a positive difference today.
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