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Optimists - Bringing out the Best

Our Positive Outlook

Our upbeat outlook, and our commitment to creating a more optimistic future for kids is what differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity.

Communities in the United States, Canada, the nations of the Caribbean and other countries throughout the world have been touched by the powerful, positive force of Optimist Club Members.

From sponsoring youth athletic leagues, to weatherizing the homes of the elderly, to conducting oratorical contests for young people – Optimist Clubs are responding to the special needs of our local communities.

Although we come from all walks of life, Optimist Club Members share one common trait. We know that we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Optimist Club Members Receive as Much as They Give

  • The fellowship of proactive people with optimistic mindsets
  • New social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities
  • The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • The satisfaction of making a difference in our communities

Whether you are searching for an outlet to help your community, personal development, or rewarding camaraderie, you’ll find what you’re looking for in your local Optimist Club. Joiners become more tolerant and empathetic to the
needs of their community.

Just a Few of the Many Projects Conducted By Optimist Clubs

  • Service work to families in need
  • Working directly with local schools to enhance education
  • Tutoring and mentoring young people
  • Substance abuse prevention programs
  • Coaching youth sports teams
  • Fundraising to benefit families in need
  • Assisting disaster victims

What Should I Expect?

Every Optimist Club was formed by people who wanted to reach out to help youth and the community; people like you and me. Members of an Optimist Club usually live in or work in the community. Members have joined together to serve others and to promote Optimism as a way of life.

Each Optimist Club is chartered as a Member of Optimist International. This gives the Club the right to use the Optimist name and provides each Club with services and programs offered by Optimist International.

Each Optimist Club operates autonomously. This means they operate independently of each other. They choose their own activities, elect their own officers and raise their own funds. A Club’s service activities are based on the needs of the community. What a Club can do is limited only by the imagination and resources of the Members.

Optimist Clubs do share certain similarities. This offers you, the Member, the assurance of knowing wherever you are, should you wish to attend an Optimist Club’s meeting, certain components will be the same. The programs and guest speakers offer the Members an opportunity to learn, grow and improve themselves. The program features the youth in the community, as in the Essay and Oratorical Contests or in the Youth appreciation activities. Club meetings help to reinforce commitment and allow us to take pride in our accomplishments.

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