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Start an Optimist Club Today


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A quick presentation on how an Optimist Club can make a difference in your community by bringing out the best in children. Used successfully in Eagle, Idaho.

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Start an Optimist Club Today

  1. 1. Optimist Clubs… <ul><li>Perform AMAZING projects that involve, benefit or recognize children </li></ul>
  2. 2. Optimist Clubs… <ul><li>Have conducted positive service projects since 1919 </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1911 – First Optimist Club started in Buffalo, NY. With growing urbanization and industrialization, Optimist Clubs offered a way to express the desire for a positive outlook amidst change. 1919 – Optimist International was founded at a gathering of all known Optimist Clubs in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1920s – The Optimist Creed was adopted, the octagon logo was developed, The Optimist Magazine was first published and the organization adopted a motto : Friend of Boy. (Revised later to be Friend of Youth.) 1930s – After losing membership at the beginning of the Great Depression, Optimist International ended the decade with twice as many members as before. 1940s – Millions of dollars were raised in Optimist-sponsored war bond drives. Membership continued to grow. 1950s-60s-70s – Known for expansion of programs and members and the creation of the 501c3 Optimist International Foundation. 1980s – Women joined Optimist International and statistics revealed that Optimist Clubs reached five million young people each year. 1990s to present – technology led growth with televised OIJGC, Rose Bowl Parade, Internet Safety Programs and the international humanitarian appeal of the Childhood Cancer Campaign. Milestones
  4. 4. <ul><li>Optimist Club members </li></ul>are well known in their communities for their positive attitudes Throughout history
  5. 5. Because they share the powerful Optimist Creed
  6. 6. <ul><li>Help young people </li></ul><ul><li>live up to their </li></ul><ul><li>full potential </li></ul>Together, they make the world a better place in which to live Optimist Clubs…
  7. 7. <ul><li>Most projects are designed locally to make a difference in your community </li></ul>Conduct more than 65,000 service projects each year Optimist Clubs…
  8. 8. Childhood Cancer Campaign Optimist International Junior Golf Championships Optimist Club projects earn national attention
  9. 9. Optimist Clubs… Essay Contest Oratorical Contest Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Provide opportunities for students to earn scholarships
  10. 10. Optimist Club projects have a regional impact Optimist Football & Cheerleading program in SW Idaho involves more than 10,000 children Optimist Junior Curling in British Columbia involves 1,000 children
  11. 11. Most projects are best known within their community Youth Appreciation Respect for Law Tri-Star Sports Youth Safety JOOI Clubs Internet Safety
  12. 13. <ul><li>Learning Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Community </li></ul>Optimist Club members value
  13. 14. <ul><li>By providing hope and positive vision, Optimist Club members bring out the best in children </li></ul>An Optimist Club brings out the best in you
  14. 15. We invite you to join the Pacific Northwest District of Optimist International
  15. 16. The Eagle Optimist Club Would be part of more than 3,000 clubs made up of adults sharing similar concerns and working towards similar goals Be automatically enrolled in the Optimist International liability insurance program Qualify to receive charitable contributions through the Optimist International Foundation’s 501c3 umbrella Be self-directed
  16. 17. What project, program or activity would rock your world and make Eagle an even better place to live? Make it happen. Be a part of the Eagle Optimist Club. Join today!