• 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.
Volunteer

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

Events

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
  
Adrian M Elcock
Helping kids since 1998
 
 
Adrian joined Barbados Bridgetown, Ba Optimist Club in 1998
Adrian joined Ocho Rios, Ja Optimist Club in 2006
and has sponsored 45 Optimist members
2018 Club Foundation Representative Barbados Bridgetown, Ba 
2018 International Board of Directors International 
2018 Certified District Trainers International 
2017 Convention District Ambassador Caribbean 
2017 International Board of Directors International 
2017 Certified District Trainers International 
2016 International Board of Directors International 
2016 Certified District Trainers International 
2015 Certified District Trainers International 
2015 Audit & Finance Committee Member International 
2014 Certified District Trainers International 
2013 Certified District Trainers International 
2013 Membership Committee Member International 
2012 Certified District Trainers International 
2011 International Vice President, Region 2 (SE)  
2011 Certified District Trainers International 
2010 Certified District Trainers International 
2009 International Development Committee Chair Caribbean 
2009 Certified District Trainers International 
2009 Governance Committee Member International 
2008 Certified District Trainers International 
2008 Certified Club Builder International 
2008 Governance Committee Member International 
2007 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2007 Certified Club Builder International 
2007 Credentials Committee Member International 
2006 District Governor Caribbean 
2006 Certified Trainer Verification Committee International 
2006 Certified Club Builder International 
2002 District Lieutenant Governor, Zone 15 Caribbean, Zone: 15 
2002 Supplies Committee Chair Caribbean 
2000 Club President Barbados Bridgetown, Ba 
2017 35 MBR PIN 
2006 Distinguished - District Governor, Dist #78 
2006 Honor - District Governor, Dist #78 
2006 Outstanding - District Governor, Dist #78 

Optimists at a Glance

8873 New Members since October 1, 2016
49 New Clubs since October 1, 2016
49 New Junior Clubs since October 1, 2016