My fellow Optimists,

...What is your WHY?
Why did you become an Optimist?
Why do you do what you do?
Why do you care about our Youth and our Communities?
As Optimists, we must take seriously the opportunities and responsibilities we have in bringing out the best in our youth, our communities and ourselves and continually ask ourselves... WHY? The answer may be different for many of you, but I believe there are many good answers. We want to make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of our youth and in our communities; We want the personal satisfaction and gratification that comes with making our communities a better place; We want the fellowship with like-minded individuals who share our values; We want our legacy to be one that leaves an indelible imprint on our communities; We want to see the look on the faces of the Youth we serve; We want to be part of an International organization that is doing its part in making our world a better place; We want to learn and develop our leadership skills so that we can do more of what we do; We want to live by the words of our amazing CREED...

So, my fellow Optimists, what is Your Why? It will inspire you to sponsor Junior Optimist and College Clubs. Why not invite others to join your Optimist Club and share our Mission? Why not look at what your Club can do to serve more Youth?
Why not find ways to better serve your community?
Very Optimistically,
John Laurents, Sr.
Governor, North Carolina West District

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  • To be strong that no one can disturbe your peace of mind

  • To talk health ,happiness and prosperity to every person you meet

  • To make all your friends feel that there is some thing in them

  • To look at the sunny side of every thing and make your optimism come true

  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own

  • To forget the mistake of the past and press on to the greater achievments of future

  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile

  • To give so much time to improvment of yourself that you have no time to criticize others

  • To be large for worry ,too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble


By providing hope and positive vision, Optimist bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.


Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.


  • 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

  • To belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.