By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists 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, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in
service to others will advance the well-being of humankind,
community life, and the world.
Mary Jo McGuire*
Mark E. Smith