• Oratorical World Championships Students from around the world to compete for scholarships
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) 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
Oratorical World Championships1 Youth Clubs (JOOI)2 Official Suppliers3 Welcome New Clubs4 Optimist Junior Golf5 Friend of Optimists6

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.

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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.


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

Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences
February through May, 2016 (Various dates & locations)

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)

Optimist International Junior Golf Championships
July 20-Aug 4, 2016 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
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

Linda Vaught
Middleton Area Optimist Club, ID

Helping kids since 1987

Linda's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

Optimists at a Glance

1707 New Members since October 1, 2015
7 New Clubs since October 1, 2015
7 New JOOI Clubs since October 1, 2015