Optimist Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,600 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.

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Stories of Optimism

JOOI Grows in Texas
By William McGarvey, Secretary of Mainland Optimist Club of Texas City, TX 
March 27, 2014--The Mainland Optimist Club of Texas City, Texas, recently welcomed three new JOOI Clubs.  With the Cougar Octagon Optimist Club at the high school, the Cougar Junior Optimist Club at the middle school and the Cougar Alpha Club at the elementary school, the La Marque Independent School District now has a JOOI Club in every school. ! More>>


Leadership Summits

Quality one-day training events for Optimists throughout North America.

5.4.2014 - Denver, CO
5.17.2014 - Madison, WI
5.31.2014 - Drummondville, QC

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Faces of Optimism

Nicole Morrison-Mathern
Bismarck Optimist Club, ND

Helping kids since 2013

Nicole's favorite line from the Optimist Creed:

Promise Yourself: To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Welcome New Clubs

3.25.14 - Orange County, NC
3.13.14 - Iowa State University
, IA
3.10.14 - Windsor Feminist Theatre, ON

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