My fellow Optimists,

Our Optimist year has just finished its ninth month of service to our youth and our communities. My hope, for all of you, is that you can look back at the past nine months with a deep sense of pride in your accomplishments. We measure our Optimist year from October 1st through September 30th, but more importantly, we measure our Optimist year in what we have done to serve others. I recently visited the Rye Cove Optimist Club, in Rye Cove Virginia, to help them celebrate 10 years of service to their community. See their story in this issue of the Newsletter. The needs today are as great, if not greater, than they have ever been, for civic minded individuals to volunteer their time to make their communities a better place and to genuinely become a “Friend” of the youth in those communities. For many of us, being an Optimist is a way of life and we do have a deep sense of pride in what we do. It is essential that we share the opportunity, that we have as Optimists. with others. We are not asking others to “join” our “Club”….we are asking others if they have an interest in making their communities a better place and bringing out the best in our youth through our many and diversified community and youth programs. We need young members help organize and mentor Junior Optimist Clubs and give our youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills and become service minded. As Optimists, we have a duty and responsibility to encourage others to become a part of this great organization that has done so much for so many for the past 100 years. Share our vision, with someone, every day.

Please consider attending the District Convention in Kingsport, Tennessee. It will be an amazing conference and cool in the mountains…see details in this newsletter.

GOLFERS…..please consider playing in the “Childhood Cancer Golf Tournament in Kingsport…If you’re not a golfer then consider being a sponsor. See the details in this newsletter. Very optimistically,

John Laurents, Sr.
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.