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Stories of Optimism

Summit Success in San Diego!
February 13, 2014
On February 1, sixty-seven Optimist Members gathered for a day of training, fellowship and fun. The setting was the third and most well-attended Optimist Leadership Summit to date. Attendees ranged from Members for 5 months to 41 years and from Governor-Elect to regular Club Member. The training truly offered something for everyone!

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NOW Wow!
January 21, 2014
A small town Optimist Club in the Indiana South District conducted numerous NOW programs over the years, but each program only generated one to three new Members. The approach was to plan a special event, such as a cookout or guest speaker to allow potential Members to experience the Club and then invite them to join. The Club decided to try the approach recommended by Optimist International.

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Optimists Create Santa at the Station
December 9, 2013
Optimist Leland Yates was a Trailways/Greyhound bus driver and noticed many of the children traveling on buses over the holidays had very little or nothing for Christmas. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for Members of the Evening Optimist Club of Albuquerque, New Mexico to bring some cheer to these kids spending time in an often dismal environment.

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Celebrating the Inner Diva
October 21, 2013
The Kettering Noon Optimist Club of Ohio knows that raising funds can be done with style! There was a need to raise funds for their local backpack program, which provides easily prepared, nutritious food for the weekend to children in the free or reduced school lunch program.

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Optimists Support Military Families
August 27, 2013
The Apple Valley Optimist Club of California has reached their goal of raising $1,000 to support United Through Reading’s Military Program. United Service Organizations, also known as the USO, along with its partner United Through Reading® gives deployed troops the opportunity to record themselves reading books to their children.

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Supporting Kids with Cancer…Bead by Bead
July 15, 2013
Children with cancer often possess remarkable bravery in the face of adversity. The Optimist Club of Essex is proud to be a part of recognizing that bravery and putting smiles on the faces of these courageous children.

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Three Generations of Optimism
June 18, 2013
It might be an understatement to say Alison Purcell grew up around Optimism. Her father and grandparents, Gloria and Jim are all past Presidents and Charter Members of the Spencerville and District Optimist Club in the Central Ontario District. Her grandfather is one of the founders of the Club, which was chartered in 1991. Her father, Brian currently serves as Vice President.

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Caribbean Club Fulfils the Promise of Play
May 16, 2013
Two years ago, past International Vice President Adrian Elcock and Optimist Kelly Hunte announced that the Optimist Club of Barbados Bridgetown would be building a playground at the Society Primary School. The school is located in the rural parish of St. John and is the oldest primary school in Barbados. Unfortunately the school and grounds had become a bit neglected.

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Optimists Promote Anti-Bullying Message
April 3, 2013
Optimists in the Michigan District are determined to spread the word that bullying is unacceptable. The Metro Riverfront Optimist Club, Loving Community Optimist Club and the WSU Warriors Optimist Club of Wayne State University held a Back to School Anti-Bullying Birthday Party for twenty clients of the Children’s Center of Detroit.

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The first college Optimist club formed by students of La Cité collégiale
April 2, 2013
About 15 students registered in the Police Foundations Program of La Cité collégiale in Ottawa have recently formed the first college Optimist Club in the area. The induction of new members was held at the Cité collégiale on March 26 and all of the founding members were present at this inauguration.

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Sharing Optimism Can be a Treat
March 20, 2013
On a quiet Saturday morning in Rancho Murieta, California, children heard an unfamiliar sound ringing through the streets. They were pleased to see an ice cream truck stocked with over 1,000 individual treats make its way through the neighborhood.

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Colorado Optimists Promote Real-World Understanding of Constitution
March 8, 2013
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, highlight the importance of having a well-informed society. Andy McKean, a member of the Monaco South – Denver Optimist Club, agrees, which is why he founded Liberty Day in 1996.

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Three Generations of Optimism
June 18, 2013
It might be an understatement to say Alison Purcell grew up around Optimism. Her father and grandparents, Gloria and Jim are all past Presidents and Charter Members of the Spencerville and District Optimist Club in the Central Ontario District. Her grandfather is one of the founders of the Club, which was chartered in 1991. Her father, Brian currently serves as Vice President.

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Caribbean Club Fulfils the Promise of Play
May 16, 2013
Two years ago, past International Vice President Adrian Elcock and Optimist Kelly Hunte announced that the Optimist Club of Barbados Bridgetown would be building a playground at the Society Primary School. The school is located in the rural parish of St. John and is the oldest primary school in Barbados. Unfortunately the school and grounds had become a bit neglected.

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Optimists Promote Anti-Bullying Message
April 3, 2013
Optimists in the Michigan District are determined to spread the word that bullying is unacceptable. The Metro Riverfront Optimist Club, Loving Community Optimist Club and the WSU Warriors Optimist Club of Wayne State University held a Back to School Anti-Bullying Birthday Party for twenty clients of the Children’s Center of Detroit.

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The first college Optimist club formed by students of La Cité collégiale
April 2, 2013
About 15 students registered in the Police Foundations Program of La Cité collégiale in Ottawa have recently formed the first college Optimist Club in the area. The induction of new members was held at the Cité collégiale on March 26 and all of the founding members were present at this inauguration.

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Sharing Optimism Can be a Treat
March 20, 2013
On a quiet Saturday morning in Rancho Murieta, California, children heard an unfamiliar sound ringing through the streets. They were pleased to see an ice cream truck stocked with over 1,000 individual treats make its way through the neighborhood.

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Colorado Optimists Promote Real-World Understanding of Constitution
March 8, 2013
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln, highlight the importance of having a well-informed society. Andy McKean, a member of the Monaco South – Denver Optimist Club, agrees, which is why he founded Liberty Day in 1996.

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A Super Event for a Super Cause
February 20, 2013
With the weather cold and snowy, football fans in Lodi, Wisconsin, look forward to Super Bowl Sunday with passion. Afternoon parties are planned, and Lodi residents get excited about spending time with their families and friends.

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Origin and History of the Optimist Creed
January 25, 2013
At the Fourth Annual Convention of Optimist International in Kansas City, Missouri, in the year 1922, a code of living was adopted as the official Creed of the organization, known from then on as the Optimist Creed. This Creed, appearing on the back cover page of this issue of the magazine, states in simple and understanding fashion the philosophy of life which is the very foundation and soul of Optimism.

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Resolving to "Bring Out the Best" in the New Year
January 4, 2013
New Year’s resolutions are often easy to break, but the Optimist Club of Plymouth, Wisconsin is dedicated to making theirs a reality. President David Marthenze lists their resolutions as “take on more community projects and grow our membership.” These are likely the same resolutions made by a number of Optimist Clubs.

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This Christmas, Service Comes Full-Circle
December 27, 2012
This Christmas, the Optimist Club of Barbados–Bridgetown spread holiday cheer the same way they do every year. They wrapped hampers full of food and Christmas treats (including Black Cake, a traditionally-Caribbean rum-infused fruitcake) and delivered them to needy families in nearby communities.

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Holiday Message from 50 Years Ago
December 14, 2012
“Promise Yourself: To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.” The tenth tenet of the Optimist Creed provides meaningful perspective during the rush of the holiday season.

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Dozens of Students Honored at Youth Appreciation Luncheon
December 6, 2012
When an Optimist service project has been held annually for 34 years, you can assume that the clubs involved have experienced significant success. The Des Moines Metro Area Optimists Youth Appreciation Celebration, first held in 1978, is organized by four Optimist clubs in the Des Moines, Iowa, area in November each year.

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Optimist Clubs Support Accessible Playground
November 28, 2012
"We love the kids we serve." Such is the driving force behind the work of the Cape Evening Optimist Club of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, according to Club President Samantha Simmons. The club has served the Cape Girardeau area for 86 years, and for about the last five years, they, along with the Cape Noon Optimist Club, have been instrumental in the development of a playground that will be accessible to children of all abilities.

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