• 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

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 youth, in your community and in yourself? For more information, click here.

Membership Invitation (application)
Membership Brochure
Recruit a Teacher Incentive


Optimist International Oratorical World Championships
June 15-16, 2017 (St. Louis, MO)

Junior Optimist International Convention
July 3-5, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

Evening of Enchantment Reception & Silent Auction
July 4, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

International Board of Directors Meeting
July 5, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

99th Optimist International Convention
July 6-8, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)

Optimist Leadership Academy
July 9, 2017

Mission, Vision & Purposes

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.

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

Donate Now
To support Optimist International’s programs:

For Members and individuals who live in the United States, Caribbean and other nations, click here.

For Members and individuals who live in Canada, click here.

Contributions are processed through the Optimist International Foundation and the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.
Faces of Optimism
Theresa Evans
Helping kids since 2009
Theresa joined Clinton Mid-Day, Mo Optimist Club in 2009
Theresa joined Sherwood Community, Mo Optimist Club in 2016
and has sponsored 11 Optimist members
2018 Oratorical Contest Committee Chair West Missouri 
2017 District Lieutenant Governor, Zone 6 West Missouri, Zone: 06 
2017 Candidate Qualifications Committee Chair West Missouri 
2017 CCDHH Committee Chair West Missouri 
2016 District Governor West Missouri 
2015 Club Foundation Representative Clinton Mid-Day, Mo 
2014 District Lieutenant Governor, Zone 6 West Missouri, Zone: 06 
2013 Club President Clinton Mid-Day, Mo 
2012 Club President Clinton Mid-Day, Mo 
2017 Life Member (OMR) - Outstanding Membership Recognition 
2016 Distinguished - District Governor, Dist #36 

Optimists at a Glance

6654 New Members since October 1, 2016
38 New Clubs since October 1, 2016
47 New Junior Clubs since October 1, 2016