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.
Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences
February through May, 2016 (Various dates & locations)
International Board of Directors Meeting
April 1-2, 2016 (St. Louis, MO)
Optimist Oratorical World Championships
June 23-24, 2016 (St. Louis, MO)
98th Optimist International Convention
June 30-July 2, 2016 (Quebec City, QC)
Youth (JOOI) Convention
July 3-5, 2016 (Quebec City, QC)
Optimist International Junior Golf Championships
July 20-Aug 4, 2016 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
Mission, Vision & Purposes
Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.
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.
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
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
Optimist Club of New Ulm, MN
Helping kids since 2000
Susan's favorite line from the
Promise Yourself: To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.