Optimists & The Creed
The Optimist Club is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women who meet to further action in community service. Membership are composed of individuals of all professions who are motivated by the desire to contribute to the community they live. There is no greater opportunity for participation in community affairs and service than in an Optimist Club.
The motto of the larger Optimist International, of which our club is a member has the motto Friend of Youth. Our goal is to sponsor programs that educate youth, develop character through projects and encourage good sportsmanship and citizenship.
The Optimist Creed
The Optimist Creed was adopted by clubs across the nation in 1922 after the original poem "Promise Yourself" was published by Christian Larson in a Los Angeles newspaper. The wife of a member local to the area found the poem in the newspaper, gave it to her husband, and after he showcased it in his club's newsletter, it was accepted officially.
At the end of each meeting, the members of every Optimist Club recite the modified rendition, shown right, so that they may leave each meeting with a sense of selflessness and optimism to continue supporting local youth. We encourage you to take the time to read our creed in full, and if you have yet to come to a meeting, we encourage you to come let your optimism ring true too.