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Spring 2014 • 1

Managing Editor Dennis Osterwisch Editor Daniel le Baugher

Editorial Offce 4494 Lindel l Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 Offce (314) 371-6000 Fax (314) 371-6006


On the Cover

Teamwork is essential to bringing out the best in kids. Partner with community organizations to share resources and reach common goals.

Mission Statement

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Vision Statement

Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes of

Optimist International

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; To inspire respect for the law; To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself-

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

The Optimist (ISSN 1085-5017) (CPN 40032242) (USPS 808-320) is published quarterly in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer by Optimist International, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108, a non-proft and incorporated association of Optimist Clubs located in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Periodicals postage paid at St. Louis, Missouri, and at additional mailing offces. Subscription rate: $4.50 per year for club members, $5.00 per year for non-members. No responsibility is assumed for the opinions expressed by authors of articles or claims by advertisers.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Optimist , 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. © Copyright 2014. OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL. In Canada please send to 5205 Metropolitan Blvd. East, Suite 200 Montréal, Quebec, Canada H1R 127. All rights reserved.

The Optimist

The Off icial Publication of Optimist International


Summer 2014 | Vol. 94, No. 4 2 Letter from the International President 7 International Convention 10 News and Views

14 Building a Non-Traditional Club 18 Inspirational Essay Contest Winner 20 Optimism Spreads to Haiti 22 How to Make Club Meetings Fun 26 Supporting CARE House

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