Since April, 1956, the Breakfast Optimist Club of Bloomington has been a friend of youth, organizing annual events for children and donating to organizations serving the needs of local children. The club meets weekly for one hour beginning at 7:30am (breakfast time). Led by the club president, the first 30 minutes of the meeting is used to discuss and plan upcoming events, while the second half of the hour is spent enjoying the guest speaker. Each meeting begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and ends with the Optimist Creed.

The greatest thing about being an Optimist

A Year in the Life of a Bloomington Optimist

  • Pinewood Derby
  • Oratorical Contest
  • Essay Contest
  • Egg Hunt at Normandale Lake
  • Respect for Law Dinner and Presentation of Officer of the Year
  • City-wide Garage Sale
  • Fishing Fair
  • Back to School Backpack Drive
  • State Fair
  • Bloomington Heritage Days Hot Dog Stand and Parade Float
  • New Board and Club Officers Installment Dinner
  • City-wide Halloween Party
  • Club Christmas Party with special singing guests from Kennedy and Jefferson High School

For 29 years, the Optimsits have hosted the City-wide Egg Hunt in Bloomington

Every June the Optimist host a fishing fair at Bush Lake

Agenda for Weekly Meetings

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Prayer
  • Humor
  • Club Announcements and Business
  • Discussion and Planning for Upcoming Events
  • Guest Speaker
  • Reciting the Optimist Creed
In September 2015, past president Arlyn swore in the new officers and board members after a dinner at the Minnesota Valley Country Club.


New members for 2015 were welcomed into the club.