Optimist Club of Portsmouth Virginia

Optimist Club of Portsmouth Virginia Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter
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The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Operating as usual

05/01/2020

I hope that everyone is happy and healthy may the lord be with you

02/11/2020

Craig could you please delete me as an admin for the page. I tried messaging you privately but it won't let me. Thank you, Heather.

01/15/2020

We need to do more for friend of youth

Optimist Club of Portsmouth Virginia's cover photo
01/10/2020

Optimist Club of Portsmouth Virginia's cover photo

Thomas leses grandson
01/10/2020

Thomas leses grandson

01/10/2020

Friend of youth

12/28/2019

Its been almost two years since my dad died it has been brought to my attention that nothing has really moved forward if there anything i can do to help i will

12/24/2017

Craig Bell here my fathers first thought when he got of rehab was an optimist club meeting he has been a member since 1964 his dedication is unbelievable his health is not good and i simply request if u are a member please attend the next meeting i know everyone is busy and it would mean the world to him to have better then 50 percent at meeting we need to make club strong again so please make suggestions to how to accomplish this and let me know i want this club to be here 53 years from now merry christmas happy hoildays

07/11/2017

Special dates for special people: Birthdays-July 21: Earl Mabry. July 21 or 22: Steve Worthum. July 25: KIMRICK VICK. July 27: MOZELLE PARKER. August 6: CECIL PALMER. Anniversaries: (for joining in July) - CHARLIE MILLS-starting his 19th year. EVELYN SAWYER-joined in 2004. BERNADETT ALLEN-JOHNSON-joined in 2012.

07/11/2017

MEMBERS, read your Summer 2017 Optimist Magazine. Bring in a new member this 4th quarter and you will be eligible to win $500 from Optimist International, especially if it is your first new member. Do it right here and right now.

07/11/2017

Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, Capital Virginia District fourth quarter meeting at Hilton Garden Inn, Suffolk. This is very close, plan to attend. Saturday meeting is from 9am to mid-afternoon.

07/11/2017

Dr. BESSIE A. STANBACK became a member of our organization in June as a FOO (Friend of Optimist). She is from King and Queen County, VA and earned a BA degree from Virginia Union. At her first teaching position in the Portsmouth Public Schools, she met another teacher, Willard Stanback, who later became her husband and while earning a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and a PhD from Syracuse University, she was promoted to math specialist with the school system. WILLARD became a member and a past President before his passing. BESSIE attended many of our meetings with her friend EVELYN SAWYER who became her sponsor

07/11/2017

Thursday, July 20 12:30 Mario’s 611 Airline Blvd. (757-673-7799). EVELYN SAWYER and BERNADETTE ALLEN-JOHNSON have charge of this meeting. They have Angle Power who was our first place Essay winner. Angie is a rising senior at I.C. Norcum High. The 2017 Essay topic was “Chasing optimism in the face of challenges”. She will read her Essay and perhaps speak about being a high teenager.

07/11/2017

Thursday, August 17 12:30 Mario’s 611 Airline Blvd. (757-673-7799). Our speaker will be MyKayla Moore, a January graduate of I.C. Norcum high. She will be speaking about her experiences as a student representative of the Portsmouth School Board. Program arranged by LES BELL.

07/11/2017

Friday, July 14 Farm Fresh at Victory Crossing 1-5 pm, MOZELLE PARKER and a youth group at Zion Baptist church will again be selling lemonade for funds to be given to CHKD for their children’s cancer support. We recommend you suggest to your friends and family to stop by and get a drink or simply leave a donation-it should be hot that day.

07/11/2017

Thursday, July 13 12:30 Subway, 3537 Airline Blvd. (757-465-6018), behind Rite Aid, members of the Board are expected and all club members are welcome and may have a proposal like DELORES DUDLEY.

06/08/2017

Our two BIG events took place on Thur. May 18 and Sunday, May 28. On the evening of May 28, 1964 your Club became a part of Optimist International. Our only charter member cannot recall the big event location. The other, May 18, was the voting of our next administration. Since we have not had a full Board since August 1, 2014, these officers are in a position now instead of waiting until October 1, the beginning of the Optimist year. We elected President-CECIL PALMER, Vice Presidents- ROBERT LORENSEN and FLETCHER PARKER, Treasurer-LESLIE BELL, Directors-CONTANCE MABRY, MOZELLE PARKER, KIMMERICK VICK and MAGGIE WEAVER. We lack three positions. Immediate Past President’s. Our last President served a few years and moved to New Jersey. The two preceding Presidents of multiple years passed away while still very active. These three served us well for the past decade. So we have no Immediate past President. We just need a President Elect and a Secretary. If you have any such inclination, call CECIL (757-535-5836) or speak with any of your Board members.

06/08/2017

The May newsletter stated we have another FOO member-GEORGE E. THROCKMORTON. He had his childhood locally, meeting ALEX WATFORD at Crestwood High and he attended Norfolk State for a year, prior to serving as a mechanic in the Vietnam conflict.

06/05/2017

IMPORTANT!! WE NEED YOUR HELP, The Optimist Club of Portsmouth needs someone to facilitate the page. This is not a time consuming task, maybe 1 to 2 hour a month max. If you are interested or know someone who may be able to help please contact Les Bell 757-488-5013 or Message Admin.

01/03/2017

The speaker for feb16th meeting is sophia holland manageing director of citizens commitee to protect the elderly also at marios 12:30 p.m.

01/03/2017

All meetings are marios restaurant 611 airline blvd portsmouth va 23707

01/03/2017

The speaker for the January 19th meeting is susan fincke who is providing info on friends of juvenile court the time for meeting is 12:30 p.m. come one come all

01/03/2017

Optimists are awesome

01/03/2017

Happy new year

01/03/2017

Happy new year portsmouth

01/03/2017

Happy new year

11/03/2016

MOZELLE PARKER has made the club’s first purchase of our fund raiser. There is a variety of hard candy. We sell a box for $6.00 and a bag for $1.00. As you approach your neighbors, co-workers, relatives, and church friends, it is a great time to invite them to an Optimist meeting. Tell them our profit helps to feed 12 outstanding high school youth and their parents on November 17 and we will purchase about 20 gifts for youth aged 12 and under for children of jailed inmates. If you did not obtain some candy for selling at the October 20th meeting, or need more, call MOZELLE (543-3241) or CONNIE (377-3225) for arrangements.

11/03/2016

At our October 20th meeting, the club voted to accept BOB LORENSEN as a Director. This gives us five Board members. We still have open positions. Talk to CONNIE, BOB, LES, FLETCHER, or MOZELLE; or even at our next Board meeting November 10th; and tell us you are interested.

11/03/2016

Thursday December 15th 4:30PM Sheriff’s Training Facility 1725 Green Street, one block east of the fire station on Effingham Street.
Our party for some youth of (non-violent) Portsmouth jail inmates. Sheriff BILL WATSON has given us much help with this project since we approached him years ago. January 2016 BILL became a Friend Of Optimist member. AMANDA WIMBERLEY continues to be our key person with this event. We will take about 20 youth, aged 12 and under. A gift from our club will be given. AMANDA will donate drinks and her homemade cookies plus some store bought snacks.

11/03/2016

Thursday December 8th 12:30 Subway 3537 Airline Blvd (465-6018) (behind Rite Aid)
Board meeting. We have had four people who have told us they plan to join between now and December. We will have a new roster to distribute. So if a non-member is seeing this or if a member is speaking to a prospect, let us get a signed application and proper funds by December 8th. November $45.00 and December $35.00. The club sends $15.00 processing fee to Optimist International to enroll each person.

11/03/2016

Thursday November 17th 6PM Woodrow Wilson High School – 1401 Elmhurst Lane
Our Youth Appreciation Dinner, the three Portsmouth public high schools have been asked to select two females and two males from their senior class. JOYCE GRIFFIN will provide another good meal. FitzRoy Smith, a motivational speaker, will address us, the students, and their parents.

Students being recognized from Wilson High School are;
Emma Sharrett, Nathan Griffith, Rachel Swinson, and Jorelan Muto

Students being recognized from Churchland High School are:
Lily Burnham, Landen Kirk, Hayley Lawrence, and Daryn Damelio

Students being recognized from I C Norcom High School are:
Langston Forbes-Jackson, Markeil Blow, Earia Ellis, Devontae Morgan

11/03/2016

Thursday November 10th Subway 3537 Airline Blvd (465-6018) (behind Rite Aid)
All members are welcome and may speak on club matters but only Board members may vote.

11/03/2016

Saturday November 5th
Capital-Virginia District quarterly board meeting.

10/12/2016

It is with great sadness that we announced the passing of Alex Watford. A member since November 1995 and past president, Alex passed away yesterday evening. Sympathies go out to his family.

10/12/2016

CONNIE MABRY has volunteered to be a director as a Board member and was voted into our Board at our September meeting. Does that encourage other members to ask to serve our Board? CONNIE makes five Board members. We still have open positions. We should have more than five to make our decisions.

Address

Portsmouth, VA
23701

General information

Meetings held Monthly on the third Thursday at Mario's Italian Restaurant, 611 Airline Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23707

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You are doing a wonderful job! Les would be very proud of his legacy and the wonderful people who are carrying on his life's work. Congratulations to you all.
Les Bell you will be so missed. RIP We love you
The topic for the 2017/2018 Oratorical Contest is "WHERE ARE MY ROOTS OF OPTIMISM" The topic for the 2017/2018 Essay Contest is "CAN SOCIETY FUNCTION WITHOUT RESPECT?" Any question E-Mail me at [email protected] (Sue Plummer, Lt. Gov. Zone 1, CapVaDist. Opt. Int.)
I am so impressed with your Club's page. It is so informative and looks very professional yet inviting and friendly. Good luck to your new President and my best wishes and loving thoughts for Les Bell to feel super well again very soon. The topics for the 2027/2018 Optimist Int. Oratorical and Essay contest can be found on the Web page for Optimist International. You have to look for the clip but it is there.
The Optimist Club of Portsmouth Chartered May 28, 1964 JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER Thursday, July 13 12:30 Subway, 3537 Airline Blvd. (757-465-6018), behind Rite Aid, members of the Board are expected and all club members are welcome and may have a proposal like DELORES DUDLEY. Thursday, July 20 12:30 Mario’s 611 Airline Blvd. (757-673-7799). EVELYN SAWYER and BERNADETTE ALLEN-JOHNSON have charge of this meeting. They have Angle Power who was our first place Essay winner. Angie is a rising senior at I.C. Norcum High. The 2017 Essay topic was “Chasing optimism in the face of challenges”. She will read her Essay and perhaps speak about being a high teenager. Friday, July 14 Farm Fresh at Victory Crossing 1-5 pm, MOZELLE PARKER and a youth group at Zion Baptist church will again be selling lemonade for funds to be given to CHKD for their children’s cancer support. We recommend you suggest to your friends and family to stop by and get a drink or simply leave a donation-it should be hot that day. Thursday, August 10 12:30 Subway, 3537 Airline Blvd. (757-465-6018), behind Rite Aid. This is our monthly Board meeting. Thursday, August 17 12:30 Mario’s 611 Airline Blvd. (757-673-7799). Our speaker will be MyKayla Moore, a January graduate of I.C. Norcum high. She will be speaking about her experiences as a student representative of the Portsmouth School Board. Program arranged by LES BELL. Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, Capital Virginia District fourth quarter meeting at Hilton Garden Inn, Suffolk. This is very close, plan to attend. Saturday meeting is from 9am to mid-afternoon. Dr. BESSIE A. STANBACK became a member of our organization in June as a FOO (Friend of Optimist). She is from King and Queen County, VA and earned a BA degree from Virginia Union. At her first teaching position in the Portsmouth Public Schools, she met another teacher, Willard Stanback, who later became her husband and while earning a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and a PhD from Syracuse University, she was promoted to math specialist with the school system. WILLARD became a member and a past President before his passing. BESSIE attended many of our meetings with her friend EVELYN SAWYER who became her sponsor. Enclosed are 4th quarter dues statements. September 30th is the last day of our Optimist year, so we hope all members can complete their dues obligations by September 21st. You can do this at any meeting or mail your dues to the treasurer. BERNADETTE ALLEN-JOHNSON, TIM JOHNSON, ROGER LADD, CONNIE MAYBRY, BOB LORENSEN, DELORES DUDLEY, and QUEEN STEPHSON will not receive a dues statement as they have already met this obligation. PIN MONEY report for June: MOZELLE PARKER was the lucky winner. Her name was the first name drawn. MEMBERS, read your Summer 2017 Optimist Magazine. Bring in a new member this 4th quarter and you will be eligible to win $500 from Optimist International, especially if it is your first new member. Do it right here and right now. Special dates for special people: Birthdays-July 21: Earl Mabry. July 21 or 22: Steve Worthum. July 25: KIMRICK VICK. July 27: MOZELLE PARKER. August 6: CECIL PALMER. Anniversaries: (for joining in July) - CHARLIE MILLS-starting his 19th year. EVELYN SAWYER-joined in 2004. BERNADETT ALLEN-JOHNSON-joined in 2012. Vision Statement: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential. Promise yourself to think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. Go Go Go