The Aurora Optimist Club was organized prior to World War II.
The club sponsored many community activities related to youth including American Legion Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Oratorical Contests, summer camperships and the Junior Optimist Club at Lincoln School.
The club was noted for its annual fundraising event, the sale of Christmas trees, which supported numerous philanthropic efforts.
Before disbanding in 2001, the club created an endowment fund within the Foundation to provide annual camperships for children attending the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association’s Summer Camps.
All distributions are made in the name of Robert I. Stuart (1919-2003), a longtime member and former president of the club.