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.

Fundraiser, Daisy Dollars, Through April 13, 2023

The club is partnering with Schuring’s Retail Greenhouse, 610 Schuring Road, Portage, MI 49024, to sell $10 and $20 Daisy Dollar gift certificates. You use the gift certificates for purchases at Schuring’s Retail Greenhouse. The club earns a percentage of each gift certificate sold. The club’s funds are used to finance youth related  projects.

The gift certificates, Daisy Dollars, which are valid for 2023, make nice gifts for birthdays, teachers, and Mother’s Day.

Schuring’s Retail Greenhouse sells annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, container gardens, and hanging baskets. 

The greenhouse opens in late April and closes in late June. Link to webpage with opening date, closing date, and weekday hours: https://www.schuringgreenhouse.com/retail/hours (currently the information on this webpage is for 2021).

Schuring’s webpage, https://www.schuringgreenhouse.com/retail, contains a link for a 15% discount coupon. Note, currently the coupon is for 2022.

If interested, please use the Contact link in the header of this webpage to send us a message.

Three ways to pay for Daisy Dollars, gift certificates (note payments need to be in $10 increments):

        • Mail check to Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo, PO Box 16, Portage, MI 49081. Make check payable to BOCK.

        • Use Venmo, @BOCK17221.

        • Cash: Attend a Thursday morning (7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) club get-together at Michelle’s Restaurant, 677 Romence Road, Portage, MI 49024.

Two ways to receive Daisy Dollars, gift certificates:

        • Pick up Thursday morning at weekly get-together.

        • Ask that they be sent using postal mail.

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: