Vermillion Organizing an Optimist Club

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Several leaders in Vermillion are trying to revive an Optimist Club in the city in an effort to raise money for local youth programs and involve University of South Dakota faculty and staff. 

The Yankton club has grown to more than 100 members and given over $31,000 back to several programs that help children, including through the public library and sports. The service club’s success prompted discussions about expanding to nearby Vermillion.

The first of several planned meetings to organize will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 15, at the Little Italy restaurant in Vermillion.

Optimists have more than 75,000 members in over 2,600 clubs. More information about Optimist International is available at For questions or information locally, email Jake Hoffner at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News