Welcome to Optimist International
  • 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 International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.

Celebrating the first Optimist Club
One hundred years ago, a young insurance man named E.L. Monser returned to Buffalo, New York, from a business trip. Somewhere in the West he had come across an idea and a name for a club and enough enthusiasm to get it going. He discussed the idea with his friend Charles Grein.

"I've picked up what I think is a great idea," Monser reportedly told Grein. "Why don't we organize a club of men from different businesses and professions and promote the old ‘you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' system? A man just naturally wants to do business with his friends, and in such a club we would all be friends. I think it would be great for all of us."  MORE
  • Programs and Activities
    From recognition and safety programs to scholarships and sports, the International Programs and Activities have a service project to appeal to any Optimist Club, all while serving countless youth.
  • International Convention
    Don't miss this year's largest gathering of Optimists! The 2011 International Convention is July 3-5 in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Membership
    This year it pays to have Friends - Friends of Optimists, that is. Optimist Clubs can become stronger when they surround themselves with good Friends!

The latest news
A 'Friendly' incentive
January 4, 2011
For the second and third quarters of the Optimist year, Clubs can receive big rewards for making new Friends -- Friends of Optimists, that is.

Resolutions reminder: Don't forget your Club!
January 4, 2011
Welcome to 2011! How are you doing so far with your New Year's resolutions? Do you have any Optimist-related resolutions on the list? It's not too late to add a few.

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