My fellow Optimists,

As we approach the end of the first Quarter, we must look back at the last eight weeks and measure our accomplishments with our Youth and our Communities. In a few days, we will have 25% of our year behind us. How do you want to remember your Optimist year? As Optimists, we have an enormous opportunity and responsibility to bring out the best in our Youth, our communities and ourselves. One only needs to look at the successful programs of other Clubs to realize that those programs can be part of every Club’s activities. For this reason, I have begun the recognition of a “Club of the Month” and the opportunity for that Club to present their activities in our monthly newsletter and at the District meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring prospective members and New Club builders to see, first hand, the reasons and need for new members and Clubs. The need for new younger members has never been greater, and the opportunities for younger members are greater than they have ever been. Please join me in making this year an amazing year for Optimism. I also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and for our Jewish friends, a Happy Hanukkah.

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.