Twin City Area Optimist Club

Festus / crystal City Area

     PO Box 475 Festus, Missouri  63028

Twin City Area Optimist Club

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CINDY BREEZE
The 12th President of our club, Cindy always had a smile on her face. She brought energy and friendliness everywhere she went.  Who can ever forget her chicken hat or the fun as we roasted her as "Biker Babe”?  She made our meetings fun and interesting and was a cheerleader for helping us all be better members.

JACKIE COLEMAN
Jackie stepped up to the plate and revived a lagging Oratorical Contest by offering a series of lessons and coaching to potential entrants. Her efforts resulted in our club's entry winning first place at the District level that year – for the first and only time. A teacher by profession, Jackie used her talents to truly bring out the best in kids.

BRENDA DOLLAR
Although a member for a very short time before her death, we knew Brenda as a woman who was so proud of and devoted to her grandchildren.  Her quiet, sweet demeanor made her a friend to many. 

HELENE EITEL
Proving that good things do come in small packages, Helene was a ball of energy – both in her real estate business and in her service to others.  She gave of herself to her family, friends and community.

ERMA GRAHAM
If there was a title, “Mother of Our Club” it would surely go to Erma.  Serving as the fourth President of the club, Erma was a Charter member and cheerleader for us as we went about being friends of youth.  Her compassion (she was famous for  letting the tears flow as she talked about needy children), combined with her hard work made her a prime mover in the early days of our club.   Those of us who were working on a float for the Christmas parade will never forget when the tragic news came that evening of her death in a horrible car accident.  The club established the Coats for Kids project as a lasting remembrance of her dedication to the ideals of our members.

BETTY LAIBEN
Betty's ready smile and friendly demeanor made her an outstanding representative of our club.  She was an early helper with the Christmas and Thanksgiving basket shopping and was deeply involved with our Head Start Christmas parties.  She helped wrap presents for the kids and never wanted to miss a Head Start party. She loved being with the kids there and reached out to them with her smile and compassion.

BARB McDOWELL
Dear, sweet Barb was one of our first members to deal with cancer.  Though she ultimately lost her battle, she was an inspiration to us all with her courage and “never give up” attitude.  It was partly of Barb that we became involved in Relay for Life as we reached out to honor and remember all who had dealt with this disease.  An active member, she helped with many projects.

CATHY JOKERST
We felt honored to have the Mayor of Festus as a member.  She worked hard for her city and the entire Twin City community and showed us how to get things done.  The second victim from our club of a tragic car accident, we mourned her loss – both as a community servant and a member.

LORETTA PONZAR
A librarian at Jefferson College, Loretta's pleasant, smiling, happy demeanor made her a joy to be around.  She served on the Board and loved helping kids in the area by participating in our projects.   
Memorial to Optimist Members