Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.
Club members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place in which to live.
There are 75,000 individual members who belong to 2,600 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists also spend $78 million on their communities annually.
Mission, Vision and Purposes
of Optimist International
Optimist Clubs strive to accomplish a number of goals while assisting youth within their communities.
Meet the International Board of Directors, the International Vice Presidents and members of the International Committees.
Governors oversee the 49 Districts of Optimist International.
The Optimist Creed
For decades Optimists have found inspiration in the tenets of the Optimist Creed.
History of Optimist International
Learn about the milestones and achievements of the organization.
Optimist International Board of Directors Meetings