• Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Scholarship Contests Helping youth achieve their dreams of higher education
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
Optimist Volunteers1 Friend of Optimists3 Official Suppliers4 Welcome New Clubs5 Scholarship Contests6 Optimist Junior Golf7 Youth Clubs (JOOI)8

About Optimist International

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.

Are you interested in joining our team so that you can Bring Out the Best in Kids in your community? For more information, click here.


International Board of Directors Meeting
December 4-5, 2015 (St. Louis, MO)

Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences
February through May, 2016 (Dates & locations TBA)

Optimist Oratorical World Championships
June 23-24, 2016 (St. Louis, MO)

98th Optimist International Convention
June 30-July 2, 2016 (Quebec City, QC)

Youth (JOOI) Convention
July 3-5, 2016 (Quebec City, QC)
Mission, Vision & Purposes

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

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

Purposes: 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.

Optimist Creed

Optimists provide service in their communities while living by the tenets of the Optimist Creed.
Optimist International Foundations

Helping Optimists Help Kids

Optimist International Foundation

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

Faces of Optimism

Mark Pembroke
Mallard Creek Optimist Club, NC

Helping kids since 2011

Mark's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

Optimists at a Glance

212 New Members since October 1, 2015
1 New Clubs since October 1, 2015
0 New JOOI Clubs since October 1, 2015