Category Archives: Optimist News

The 2022 Optimist International Visual Arts Competition is Now Open!

The Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club invites children ages 11 or younger to join this year’s Visual Arts Competition! Participants are encouraged to submit their paintings or drawings that illustrate what the word “Optimism” means to them for a chance to receive a scholarship from Optimist International. The deadline for entries is April 10, 2022.

Please download the attached form and fill out page 2 to accompany your child’s work of art. We then ask that you reach out to BLOC President Pauline Leacock (paulineanne240 @ or text 716 523 5553) for instructions on where to deliver your child’s entry or if you have any further questions. We look forward to being inspired by your child’s creativity!

BLOC and Harrison’s Playmakers

We had such a fun day getting to help Harrison Phillips pay it forward to all these future Playmakers (and maybe some football stars in the making!). We could not be more happy to have gotten to spend the day with some members of the Bills and local Rotarians. It’s amazing what can happen when you’re trying to make a difference! Thank you so much to Harrison and Coach Roz for letting us be a part of such a great event, we can’t wait to help again in the future! Here’s some photos our members were able to snag of the day!

Meet the President: Rebecca Butler Mona

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it out for this special meeting of the Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club! It was a wonderful day, meeting with OI President Rebecca Butler Mona and Regional Vice President Cheryl Thames, learning more about the centennial year, and signing our incorporation papers! We’d also like to give an official welcome to newly inducted members, Tom, Mary and Karen, who had the privilege of getting inducted by President Rebecca!