Optimist Clubs are members of the world wide civic organization, Optimist International, whose focus is serving the youth of their own communities. Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" since 1919. As a civic organization, the goal of all Optimist Clubs is to have a positive impact on the lives of today's youth.
The men and women of Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. Club members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the flexibility to tailor their programs to best serve the local youth.
By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can be, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place in which to live. Being an Optimist member means volunteering. It means attending club meetings when possible, to meet other members and hear news about the club and organization, and to volunteer your time on various fundraising and youth or civic projects.
For more information about what Optimist Clubs are all about, visit the Optimist International homepage at www.optimist.org.
The Optimist Creed
- To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
- To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
- To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
- To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
- To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
- To be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
- To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
- To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
- To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
- To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and to happy to permit the presence of trouble.