• 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
Recruit a Teacher Incentive

Events

Optimist International Oratorical World Championships
June 15-16, 2017 (St. Louis, MO)

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

Evening of Enchantment Reception & Silent Auction
July 4, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

International Board of Directors Meeting
July 5, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

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

Optimist Leadership Academy
July 9, 2017

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
  
Kenneth Garner (Ken)
Helping kids since 1994
 
 
Kenneth joined Fort Worth-Bft East, Tx Optimist Club in 1994
Kenneth joined Eoptimist 0 Optimist Club in 2010
Kenneth joined Fort Worth-Northeast, Tx Optimist Club in 2016
and has sponsored 10 Optimist members
2018 District Secretary North Texas 
2018 Finance Committee Chair North Texas 
2018 Junior Golf Championships Committee Chair International 
2018 Candidate Qualifications Committee Member International 
2017 Club Vice President Fort Worth-Northeast, Tx 
2017 Oratorical Contest Committee Chair North Texas 
2017 Certified International Trainers International 
2017 Certified Club Builder International 
2017 NCB Field Representative International 
2017 Leadership Development Committee Member International 
2016 Club Vice President Fort Worth-Northeast, Tx 
2016 International Board of Directors International 
2016 Certified International Trainers International 
2016 Certified Club Builder International 
2016 NCB Field Representative International 
2015 International President International 
2015 Certified International Trainers International 
2015 Certified Club Builder International 
2015 NCB Field Representative International 
2014 Certified International Trainers International 
2014 Certified Club Builder International 
2014 NCB Field Representative International 
2013 Junior Golf Championships Chair North Texas 
2013 Certified International Trainers International 
2013 Certified Club Builder International 
2013 NCB Field Representative International 
2013 Leadership Development Committee Chair International 
2012 Certified International Trainers International 
2012 Certified Club Builder International 
2012 NCB Field Representative International 
2012 Leadership Development Committee Member International 
2011 Junior Golf Championships Chair North Texas 
2011 Certified International Trainers International 
2011 International Board of Directors International 
2011 Certified Club Builder International 
2011 NCB Field Representative International 
2010 District Convention Ambassadors North Texas 
2010 Certified International Trainers International 
2010 International Board of Directors International 
2010 Certified Club Builder International 
2010 NCB Field Representative International 
2009 International Development Committee Chair North Texas 
2009 District Convention Ambassadors North Texas 
2009 Certified International Trainers International 
2009 International Board of Directors International 
2009 Certified Club Builder International 
2009 NCB Field Representative International 
2008 Club President Fort Worth-Bft East, Tx 
2008 District Convention Ambassadors North Texas 
2008 Certified International Trainers International 
2008 Certified Club Builder International 
2008 NCB Field Representative International 
2008 Convention Committee Member International 
2007 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2007 Certified Club Builder International 
2007 NCB Field Representative International 
2007 Convention Committee Member International 
2006 International Vice President, Region 3 (MAT)  
2006 Certified Club Builder International 
2006 NCB Field Representative International 
2006 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2006 NCB Field Representative International 
2006 Certified Club Builder International 
2005 District Foundation Representative North Texas 
2005 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2005 NCB Field Representative International 
2004 District Leadership Development Committee Chair North Texas 
2004 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2004 NCB Field Representative International 
2004 New Club Building (Traditional) Committee Member International 
2003 District New Club Building Committee Chair North Texas 
2003 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2003 NCB Field Representative International 
2002 District Governor North Texas 
2002 District Chair North Texas 
2001 District Director Of Personal Growth North Texas 
2000 District Membership Committee Chair North Texas 
1999 District Lieutenant Governor, Zone 6 North Texas, Zone: 06 
1998 Club President Fort Worth-Bft East, Tx 
2015 10 MBR PIN 
2002 Distinguished - District Governor, Dist #38 
2002 Honor - District Governor, Dist #38 
2002 Outstanding - District Governor, Dist #38 

Optimists at a Glance

7769 New Members since October 1, 2016
42 New Clubs since October 1, 2016
48 New Junior Clubs since October 1, 2016