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Honoring Our Heroes


Honoring Heroes in the Classroom

Teachers and educators are paramount to the success of our children and our future. Optimist Clubs are known for their support of educators and schools.

Optimists: add a teacher or educator to your Club’s roster from March 1-June 30 and your Club receives free dues for a year for a second hero. Add 1, Earn 1 (criteria apply). >>Learn more

Service project ideas for honoring our heroes

Honor your favorite teacher by naming him/her as your Optimist Hero. Post a photo or video or write a comment on social media and include the hashtag #OptimistHero

Teachers: learn how you can support your local Optimist Club > click here


Examples from The Optimist magazine:

Santa Claus Optimist Holiday Coloring Contest and Holiday Parade

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation Responds to the Call: the Ste-Foy Optimist Club is Supporting Humanitarian Aid


Recent newsworthy stories featuring how Optimist Clubs help teachers in educating our youth:

Optimist Club awards $15k to Bossier teachers

Club honors students, teachers

Optimist Club of Westfield Names 2015 Outstanding Intermediate School Teachers

Bright ideas: ‘Extraordinary’ Special Education teacher receives grant from West Flint Optimist Club

Honoring Heroes Protecting Our Communities

The dedicated individuals who serve and protect our communities are vital for our safety. We respect the service and protection provided by our law enforcement and public safety officers.

Optimists: add a law enforcement or public safety officer to your Club’s roster from March 1-June 30 and your Club receives free dues for a year for a second hero. Add 1, Earn 1 (criteria apply). >>Learn more

Service project ideas for honoring our heroes

Nominate a law enforcement or public safety officer as your Optimist Hero. Post a photo or video or write a comment on social media and include the hashtag #OptimistHero

Law Enforcement and Public Safety Officers: learn how you can support your local Optimist Club > click here


Examples from The Optimist magazine:

Ensuring Safe Celebrations to Avoid the Worst

10th Annual Cops ’n Cars for Kids


Recent newsworthy stories featuring how Optimist Clubs honor first responders:

Optimist Club recognizes first responders with awards and citations

Downtown Flint Optimist Club honors 'Officers of the Year'

Optimist club recognizes law-enforcement officers

Optimists Recognize Carlsbad Police Officer of the Year

Officer New and K-9 Turko Honored by Optimist Club of Wichita Falls

Marana officer earns Optimist Club award

Honoring Heroes Who Defend Our Freedom

The men and women who serve and protect our nations have given so much to each of us. Thousands of veterans and active duty personnel serve as key Members of our Clubs. In many communities, veterans are the foundation of the Optimist Club.

Optimists: add a veteran, wounded veteran or active duty armed forces member to your Club’s roster from March 1-June 30 and your Club receives free dues for a year for a second hero. Add 1, Earn 1 (criteria apply). >>Learn more

Service project ideas for honoring our heroes

Salute a veteran or active duty military personnel by recognizing him/her as your Optimist Hero. Post a photo or video or write a comment on social media and include the hashtag #OptimistHero

Veterans and Active Duty Personnel: learn how you can support your local Optimist Club > click here


Examples from The Optimist magazine:

The United States Navy & Optimist International

You Are Never Too Old To Be a Leader


Recent newsworthy stories featuring how Optimist Clubs recognize our veterans and active duty military personnel:

Bismarck Optimist Club honors veterans

Salute our Veterans! 1,300+ Avenue of Flags displayed by members and Volunteers

Veterans Day Activities in the QC

Apple Valley Optimist Club Recieves USO/Optimist International Patch

Local families get gifts from Marines’ Toys for Tots