Administration

Traverse City Optimist Club Administration

Traverse City Optimist Club Affiliated with Optimist International in 1954


Our Current Leaders – Board of Directors

Position and Member

  • President: – Keith Bonomo
  • President Elect: – Randy Sprague
  • Second Vice/Master of Ceremonies: – Todd Norris
  • Secretary: – Larry Dodd
  • Treasurer: – Polly Barnes

Optimist Club Committee Chairs

Position and Member

  • Cabin Property: – Chet Simonelli
  • Calendar Events / Acknowledgement Cards: – Kathy Olney
  • Community Service: – Temporary Hold –  events currently handled separately by members as listed below
    • Youth Appreciation: – Gary Chouinard
    • Salvation Army Bell Ringing: – Larry Dodd
    • Christmas Shopping: – Gary Chouinard
  • Fellowship: – Kevin Jaeger
  • Fundraising: – Jerry Keelan
    • Duck Race
  • Membership: – Todd Norris
  • Programs: – John Rodge
  • Publicity: – Bob Simpson

Past Presidents: Our Previous Leaders!

Historical Record:  TC Optimist Officers 1990-2020

Term Years and Presidents


Optimist Club Presidents 2020 – 2000

  • 19/20 – Keith Bonomo
  • 18/19 – Jerry Keelan
  • 17/18 – Jerry Keelan
  • 16/17 – Karan Josephus
  • 15/16 – Karan Josephus
  • 14/15 – Carol Vernam
  • 13/14  – Carol Vernam
  • 12/13  – Randy Sprague
  • 11/12  – Randy Sprague
  • 10/11  – Jay Feldman
  • 09/10 – Mike Brown / Kevin Jaeger / Mark Koval / Jerry Keelan
  • 08/09  – Richard White
  • 07/08  – Robert Simpson
  • 06/07 – William Bassett
  • 05/06 – Mark Koval
  • 04/05 – Keith Bonomo
  • 03/04 – Tim Simonelli
  • 02/03 – Kevin Jaeger
  • 01/02 – Mike Brown
  • 00/01 – Ron Lemcool / Larry Vincler

Optimist Club Presidents 2000 – 1980

  • 99/00 – Scott Dunsing
  • 98/99 – Jordan Byron
  • 97/98 – Gary Chouinard
  • 96/97 – Bruce Willett
  • 95/96 – Larry Vincler
  • 94/95 – Jerry Keelan
  • 93/94 – Sam Mitchell
  • 92/93 – Charles Benson
  • 91/92 – Charles Benson
  • 90/91 – Raymond Philp
  • 89/90 – Roderic Willard
  • 88/89
  • 87/88
  • 86/87 – Theodore Sotak
  • 85/86 – George Kimball
  • 84/85
  • 83/84
  • 82/83
  • 81/82
  • 80/81

Optimist Club Presidents 1980 – 1954

  • 79/80
  • 78/79
  • 77/78
  • 76/77
  • 75/76 – John Biswanger
  • 74/75 – Lyle Deyoung
  • 73/74 – Franz Devantier ? check this one for accuracy
  • 72/73 – Rev. Phil Moore
  • 71/72
  • 70/71 – Franz Devantier
  • 69/70 – Ken Darrow
  • 68/69
  • 67/68 – Merritt Mattson
  • 66/67 – James Meyer
  • 65/66 – Art Schmuckal
  • 64/65 – Robert Peterman
  • 63/64 – Robert Lambert
  • 62/63 – Guy Avery
  • 61/62 – Dr Kenneth Cole
  • 60/61 – Foster Davis
  • 59/60
  • 58/59 – Jack Wilkinson
  • 57/58 – James Emms
  • 56/57
  • 55/56
  • 54/55 – Vince Fachtman

past presidents for unknown years: – Paul D’ioro ? Dr Ron McCatchy ?


Optimiss Club Presidents 1976 – 1960

Historical record of Optimiss Women’s Club that ran along side Optimist club

  • 75/76 – Kandy Balloid
  • 74/75 – Margaret Eckler
  • 73/74 – Lucille Lambert
  • 72/73 – Raberta Hanson
  • 71/72
  • 70/71 – Irene Cole
  • 69/70 – Gail Peterman
  • 68/69
  • 67/68 – Marilyn Mattson
  • 66/67 – Virginia Watson
  • 65/66 – Elizabeth Scamehorn
  • 64/65 – Erie Heermann
  • 63/64 – Joan Avery
  • 62/63 – Mary Schmuckal
  • 61/62 – Irene Cole
  • 60/61 – Gail Peterman