• 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.

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


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
Tracy Huxley
Helping kids since 1996
Tracy joined Ausable-Port Franks, On Optimist Club in 1996
and has sponsored 16 Optimist members
2018 Oratorical Contest Committee Chair Southwestern Ontario 
2018 District Convention Ambassadors Southwestern Ontario 
2017 District Governor Southwestern Ontario 
2017 Certified District Trainers International 
2017 Certified International Trainers International 
2016 Certified District Trainers International 
2016 Certified International Trainers International 
2015 District Secretary Southwestern Ontario 
2015 Certified District Trainers International 
2015 Certified International Trainers International 
2015 Leadership Development Committee Member International 
2014 District Secretary Southwestern Ontario 
2014 Certified District Trainers International 
2013 District Secretary Southwestern Ontario 
2013 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2013 Club Trainers International 
2012 Club Secretary Ausable-Port Franks, On 
2012 District Secretary Southwestern Ontario 
2012 Club Trainers International 
2012 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2012 Club Advisor Thames Centre, On 
2011 Club Secretary Ausable-Port Franks, On 
2011 District Leadership Development Committee Chair Southwestern Ontario 
2011 Club Trainers International 
2010 Club Secretary Ausable-Port Franks, On 
2010 District Convention Chair Southwestern Ontario 
2009 Club Secretary Ausable-Port Franks, On 
2009 District Lieutenant Governor, Zone 8 Southwestern Ontario, Zone: 08 
2008 Club President Ausable-Port Franks, On 
2014 10 MBR PIN 

Optimists at a Glance

6511 New Members since October 1, 2016
35 New Clubs since October 1, 2016
47 New Junior Clubs since October 1, 2016