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1911:    The first officially recognized continuously ongoing Optimist club was   organized in Buffalo,  New York.                                  

1919:    Optimist International officially formed at the first International Optimist   Convention in Louisville,  Ky.

1922:    Optimist Creed officially adopted.     

1924:    First Canadian Optimist Club chartered in Toronto,     Canada.       

1964:    Windcrest Optimist Club chartered.

1987:    Women can now be optimistic!!!!!!

1994:    Windcrest Optimist Club elects and installs our first woman president!!!

What is an Optimist Club?

Each Optimist Club is an independent,  autonomous,  and democratic unit which elects its own officers,  adopts its own laws consistent with those of Optimist International,  determines the amount of its own fees and dues at or above the required minimum,  and plans and conducts its own club and community programs according to the needs of the community and desires of its members.


Optimism is possessed by people with vision – who can recognize their civic responsibilities – who share common aspirations,  interests,  and  desire for a way of life in dynamic freedom – a person like you!  The purpose is to promote good sportsmanship,  citizenship,  and friendship.

The definition of optimism is found in its objectives: 

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life. 

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.