• Honoring Our Heroes Honor a teacher, public safety officer, veteran or active duty military personnel as your #OptimistHero
  • 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
  • 2016 Optimist International Convention June 30-July 2, 2016 in Quebec City. Rediscover Optimism in Quebec. #OI2016
  • 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
Honoring Our Heroes1 Oratorical World Championships2 Youth Clubs (JOOI)3 2016 Optimist International Convention4 Official Suppliers5 Welcome New Clubs6 Optimist Junior Golf7 Friend of Optimists8


Through Optimist Clubs, volunteers dedicate their time and talent to service projects that put smiles on the faces of children in the community.

Optimists are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Read about how Optimists have helped improve the lives of youth in different ways.

Sponsor a New Member
Learn more about the ways in which you can bring new Members into the organization.

Types of Membership
Different types of membership are available to suit anyone interested in "Bringing Out the Best in Kids."

Member Recruitment and Retention
Member recruitment is important to the health and growth of a Club. Learn more about programs that will help Clubs with their recruitment and retention efforts to attract new Members and keep them active in the Club.

Start a New Club
If you know of a community that would benefit from Optimism or if you are familiar with an activity that would be perfect for a single-focus group, consider starting a New Club.

Awards and Recognition
Find out just what your Club or District needs to accomplish to earn honors this year.

White Paper Summit
A White Paper Summit was held at the 95th Optimist International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. The summit was an opportunity to hear from several of the most successful and unique Clubs in our organization as they shared their strategies and insights on remaining successful in serving the needs of children in their communities.