Stories of Optimism

JOOI Grows in Texas
By William McGarvey, Secretary of Mainland Optimist Club of Texas City, TX
March 27, 2014

The Mainland Optimist Club of Texas City, Texas, recently welcomed three new JOOI Clubs.  With the Cougar Octagon Optimist Club at the high school, the Cougar Junior Optimist Club at the middle school and the Cougar Alpha Club at the elementary school, the La Marque Independent School District now has a JOOI Club in every school. 

"The Mainland Optimist Club is committed to our Junior Optimist Clubs," said Club President Terry Pettijohn.  "These Clubs will provide support and encouragement to La Marque students as they grow in self-confidence, character and Optimism to become great citizens."

The response by students has been enthusiastic with over 120 Members already signed up and more joining every day.  This is not surprising since today’s youth are eager to volunteer.  A survey of US youth by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 55 percent of young people ages 12 to19 volunteer each year.

The La Marque Independent School District serves about 2,500 students, the majority of whom are economically disadvantaged.  The Mainland Optimist Club in the South Texas District, formed in 2010, boasts three Members who are on the La Marque school board, including President Pettijohn.

If you would like information on building a JOOI Club in your area, please contact the Youth Clubs department at 800-500-8130 or



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