Jeff of Grand Haven asked, "Was there ever an Optimist Club in the Grand Haven area?"
Mark Brooky
Nov 11, 2013


Yes, the group of people who strive to have an optimistic outlook on life that was founded in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1911 had a chapter in Grand Haven from the early 1960s until it disbanded in the mid-1970s.

In his local history book, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny," local historian Dr. Dave Seibold says there were between 20 and 30 members at any one time, including the late Tribune fixture Clarence "Tad" Poel. The sale of fruitcakes was the club's annual fundraiser, Seibold notes.

There still are clubs around the country, including Muskegon, Whitehall and Grand Rapids.

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Until it became Politically incorrect to belong, and/or to believe.


Speaking of PC, I believe a Pessimists Club would be more in order in GH!

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