The Bettendorf Optimist Club, as a subcontractor of the Davenport Noon Optimist’s Avenue of Flags Program, displays flags at the TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf on five holidays (Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Veterans Day). In addition, flags are displayed at baseball/softball tournaments held during the season.
Paul Norton – Youth Appreciation
New Member: Pam Duehr

We will once again give wooden toys to the Bettendorf Police for kids at Christmas. We gave the toys a coat of polyurethane at Bettendorf Middle School. Hosted by the Principal, Lisa Reid.

Student help…
Lisa and a cradle, which comes with an adorable doll.
Club members
some of the toys…

A night at the Ball Park. Eight students from Neil Armstrong Elementary.

  • Ferris wheel ride
  • Bounce House
  • Hot Dogs
  • A baseball
  • And the Bandits owner treated them to a ride on the roller coaster

Always a KID… Dave could not resist the Merry-Go-Round

Guest speaker Keith Kimball. New Bettendorf Police Chief who will replace retiring Phil Redington on June 1st.

Reading to little ones at Jefferson Elementary School.

Sandi read the book, Wolf in the Snow, to the kindergarten class and Beth read the book ” Harriet Gets Carried Away” to the 1st grade students.

Each student received their own copy of the book.

Beth read Harriet Gets carried Away to 1st Graders
Sandi reading Wolf in the Snow to kindergartners

Students at Cody Elementary collect plastic caps and lids that were then recycled into a Buddy Bench.

On May 3rd the bench was presented to the school by several Club members.


                     GOAL: $5,000            

Coins for Childhood Cancer Campaign – Paul Norton and Hoover Elementary

Students, parents and faculty will bring in their coins for University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital


Youth Appreciation Program at Hoover, Paul Norton, and Jefferson elementary schools:

Hoover Elementary
Paul Norton Elementary
Jefferson Elementary

Guest speakers, Amber Wood, Regional Executive Director of the Red Cross, and Dan Hayes, AmeriCorps member, spoke at our March 22nd meeting; very informative presentations.

Guest speakers from Hope at the Brick House.
Director Joyce Klopp and her husband Cal


Exciting last week.  Our club’s Youth Appreciation Program was initiated at the Hoover, Paul Norton, and Jefferson elementary schools.
In all, 42 students were recognized for displaying exemplary life skills in the classroom; they were provided a very nice certificate and a wrist band

Youth Appreciation at Hoover Elementary

Hoover Elementary
Hoover Elementary

Youth Appreciation at Paul Norton Elementary

Paul Norton Elementary

Youth Appreciation at Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary

A Little Free Library at Mark Twain Elementary. And we had Little Free Help!

New member, Monte Schwartz

Happy Joe’s hosts an annual Christmas Party for special needs children. QC Optimist Clubs volunteer to serve pizza and Ice cream. The kids enjoy singing and dancing. Local high school students are in costume: Superman, Darth Vader, Toy Story characters, Minnie Mouse. Happy the Dog leads a conga line of several hundred kids!!!

A Little Free Library was installed at Paul Norton Elementary. We will soon address all the students and stock it with books.

New member: Mike Clifton

 Charter Members


Over 400 Wooden Toys painted by Club members and students at PV High School.

Given to Bettendorf kids at Christmas by Police Department.


 Club members volunteered at Happy Joe’s annual Christmas Party for special needs children.


 Quad City Optimist Clubs carried flags in the Tug Fest parade.


Students at Hoover Elementary collected coins for University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

$2,510.42 !!!



New door on the Little Free Library at Hoover Elementary and new readers!