• 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

Optimist Club of the Year

Congratulations to the Bay City Noon Optimist Club for being named the 2013-14 Optimist Club of the Year!

The Bay City Noon Optimist Club conducted many successful community service projects, such as the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission monthly birthday party, Adopt-A-Highway, children's movie/food drive, and "Covering the Basics," a donation program started by the Club to fund raise for the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. The Club participates in many Member Development Programs, such as PGI, and sends multiple Members to International Conventions, Leadership Summits, and District Conventions. The Bay City Noon Optimist Club has planned many successful N.O.W. meetings resulting in five new Members last year, and sponsored the Midland Optimist Club on December 17, 2013.

Optimist International would also like to congratulate the other 2013-14 Finalists:

Optimist Club of Searcy, Arkansas
Kalamazoo Breakfast Optimist Club, Michigan
Foothills-Marana Optimist Club, Arizona
Noon Optimist Club of New Castle, Indiana

The Optimist Club of the Year award is presented annually to the most outstanding Club in each Region based upon the following criteria:

  Maximum Points
Service projects sponsored by the Club  30 points
Member Development Programs a year (i.e. PGI Program, Optimist International Conventions and Summit, etc.) 25 points
Club Growth and Increased Community Awareness Campaigns (i.e. NOW Program, Marketing Campaign, etc.) 25 points
Increased Volunteer Member Base 10 points
New Community Efforts                 10 points

Points in each category will be awarded by independent judges based upon community outreach, impact on children and Members, new and innovative ideas, and benefits to the individual Club Members.

Interested Clubs are invited to submit information as outlined on the judging form. Clubs can submit any materials they chose as the items relate to the specified criteria.

Recipients of the “Optimist Club of the Year” will receive one paid convention registration, a banner patch, an award and the opportunity to compete for the Overall Optimist Club of the Year.

Overall Optimist Club of the Year

The Overall Optimist Club of the Year is the highest achievement an Optimist Club can attain in the Optimist organization. The eight “Optimist Clubs of the Year” will be judged and ranked by multiple judges. The recipient of this prestigious award will be chosen regardless of number of Members, or Region and will be known as the “Best Overall Club” in Optimist International.

Community outreach and impact on children and Members from projects throughout the year will be considered as part of the judging, using same criteria as Optimist Club of the Year.

The Club named the Overall Optimist Club of the Year will receive one round-trip airline ticket to the Optimist International Convention, a banner patch, an award and an article in The Optimist magazine and on the Optimist website.