I have been hearing about the Optimist Club a lot, but until recently I had no idea what they do. That’s why when a friend of mine said she has joined, I asked her if I could tag along and interview the Optimists for the blog. The fact that they meet for lunch at Old Vine Riverfront Bistro (former American Bounty), definitely weighed in their favor.
Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.
At their Wednesday lunch meetings at the Old Vine Bistro, the Washington Missouri Optimists enjoy a delicious lunch and after that get to business. They do a lot of fundraisers, like Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, the Optimist Raffle and many others.
The business meeting is preceded by the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer, and the Optimist Creed. Optimists strive to live up to their name and maintain an upbeat attitude, which they try to pass along to the children they serve. The creed gives volunteers a focus for personal improvement as they work to better the world around them.
Everyone is welcome to join the Washington Missouri Optimists and help them in their cause. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.
Meet some of the members of the Washington Missouri Optimists. Stay posted for their upcoming Optimist Raffle, tickets will be available for purchase at Schnucks. You can connect with the Washington Missouri Optimists on Facebook . Their address is PO Box 701, Washington, Missouri 63090.
Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Safety, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization’sscholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest andCommunication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). In addition, Optimist International encourages involvement in several other community activities:Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence
Youth SafetyOptimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Annually, six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs.