Why Start an Optimist Club?
Optimists can extend their commitment to young people by starting New Clubs. Through a New Club, they bring together a new group of volunteers who focus on youth development and thereby help improve an entire community. Optimists also benefit from the New Club process, which sharpens leadership skills, increases fellowship and strengthens personal development.
Optimist International understands that people join Optimist Clubs for different reasons, most often for "intangible benefits." People join for the good feeling they receive from helping a young person succeed. Optimist International also recognizes the diversity and time limitations of today's volunteers. Different Optimist Club models are in place throughout the organization, and we're optimistic that one might be a Club concept that fits the goals of potential volunteers in your target community.
Traditional Club – A traditional Optimist
Club conducts a number of exciting, youth-oriented events and promotions
each year. The Club meets on a regular basis at a fixed location.
Sports Club – A Sports Club is built
with the primary goal to serve youth through athletics, be it baseball,
football, golf, tennis, basketball, soccer or hockey.
Non-Traditional Club – The Non-Traditional
Club is built around a single focus or a single event during the year.
This Club has officers and they meet via electronic newsletters and e-mails.
Members may not all be located in the same community.
Optimist International encourages Club Members to recruit new Optimists
to grow their Clubs – also known as the "member-get-a-member"
concept. But the organization takes this idea a step further, encouraging
local Clubs to sponsor New Clubs as a supplement to their general membership
Do you want to bring out the best in kids by starting a New Club? Follow
process to learn what is involved.