• Join an Optimist Club Join us to bring out the best in youth, in your community and in yourself
  • Junior Optimist International Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
Join an Optimist Club1 Youth Clubs (JOOI)3 Official Suppliers5 Welcome New Clubs6 Optimist Junior Golf7 Friend of Optimists8

About Optimist International

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.
Volunteer

Are you interested in joining our team so that you can Bring Out the Best in youth, in your community and in yourself? For more information, click here.



Membership Invitation (application)
Membership Brochure

Events

Optimist International Tournament of Champions
November 5-6, 2016 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

International Board of Directors Meeting
December 9-10, 2016 (St. Louis, MO)

President’s Midyear Planning Conference
February 3-4, 2017 (Winston-Salem, NC)

President’s Midyear Planning Conference
February 10-11, 2017 (St. Louis, MO)

Junior Optimist International Convention
July 3-5, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

99th Optimist International Convention
July 6-8, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

Mission, Vision & Purposes

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

Optimist Creed


Optimists provide service in their communities while living by the tenets of the Optimist Creed.
Optimist International Foundations

Helping Optimists Help Kids

Optimist International Foundation

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

Donate Now
To support Optimist International’s programs:

For Members and individuals who live in the United States, Caribbean and other nations, click here.

For Members and individuals who live in Canada, click here.

Contributions are processed through the Optimist International Foundation and the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.
Faces of Optimism

Patrick Labrie
Montreal-Ahuntsic Optimist Club, QC

Helping kids since 2002

Patrick's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Optimists at a Glance

10645 New Members since October 1, 2015
65 New Clubs since October 1, 2015
43 New Junior Clubs since October 1, 2015