Welcome to the Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo – BOCK

Optimist Mission:

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in our youth, our communities, and ourselves.


Club Get-Togethers are on most Thursdays  from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EST at Michelle’s Restaurant, 677 Romence Road, Portage, MI 49024 (see map below) and online via Zoom.

Be a first time visitor. The club pays for your breakfast.

No Get-Together when Kalamazoo or Portage Public Schools are delayed or closed due to weather.

No get-together on Thursday, September 28, 2023.


Membership: September is the last month of the Optimist Year. Like most service clubs we are having an end of the year membership drive. If interested in joining our club use the JOIN link in the header of this web page.

District Officers: For the upcoming Optimist Year (October 2023 through September 2024) five members of our club have positions in the Michigan District. They are:

      • Governor: Linda Thompson

      • Treasurer: Cathelia Cowles

      • Assistant Governor, Region 4: Dan Mills

      • Scholarship and Program Chair: Theresa Mills

      • Conferences and Convention Chair: Stacy Jackson

Dates of 2023 – 2024 Michigan District meetings and convention:

      • Quarter 1: Conference, Saturday, November 11, 2023, Double Tree, Bay City.

      • Quarter 2: Conference, Saturday, February 3, 2024, Zoom.

      • Quarter 3: Conference, Saturday, May 4, 2024, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation, Battle Creek.

      • Quarter 4: Convention, Saturday, August 17, 2024 – Sunday, August 18, 2024, Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor.


Optimist Activities:

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.


Inspirational Quote:

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”―Noam Chomsky

Google Maps, Thursday Get-togethers, Michelle’s Restaurant: