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Keep Cheerful Friend of Youth Award - Honoring Friend of Youth

Dear Friend,


The members of the Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club would like to ask for your support and help in selecting a recipient of our second annual Walter E. Splittstoesser “Keep Cheerful” Award. This award was created in remembrance of Walter Emil Splittstoesser, who was a faithful and active member of the Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club for 40 years, serving as President from 1983-1984 and as the Secretary/Treasurer for nearly three decades. Walter passed away in 2018. His famous last words to many conversations and phone calls was “Keep Cheerful”. He was a true friend of youth and worked hard as an Optimist Club Member.


This award is to recognize a deserving person or group for their outstanding efforts on behalf of youth in the Champaign County community, who keep a cheerful and optimistic attitude and go above and beyond in helping youth. There are many adult and groups in our community who have given much of their time and energy to youth projects, activities and mentoring. Through our “Keep Cheerful” award, we wish to honor an individual or group each year for outstanding efforts in contributing to the growth and development of youth.


Please consider nominating someone who you feel is deserving of this award. The nomination form and criteria are attached to this letter. A committee of club members will consider all nominations. The award ceremony will take place at one of our fall meetings where the winner will receive $100 and a plaque.


Nominations will be accepted beginning May 20, 2019 and through August 9, 2019. Award information, criteria and a printable nomination form can also be found on the C-U Optimist Club website: www.cuoptimistclub.com and completed nomination forms can be emailed to cuoptimistclub@gmail.com or a hard copy mailed to:

C-U Optimist Club

Attention: Tori Exum
P.O. Box 872
Urbana, IL 61803


Thank you for participating in our effort to recognize a caring and giving member of the community who has demonstrated a commitment to Champaign County area youth.



Tori Exum

C-U Optimist, Walt Award Committee Chair