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A Message from Mike, 2014 - 2015 Indiana South District Governor

Dear Fellow Optimists,

Welcome to 2015! Can you believe that statement? It is 2015! Have you wondered where the years have gone? I have and as I get older, I have been thinking about what is the legacy I will leave? Have you wondered about your legacy?

There are so many things we can do but what is the most important thing you can do? For me, it is helping the youth. How can I help the youth, let me count the ways: I can work a project that supports the youth; we can do an Essay Contest; we can do an Oratorical Contest; we can work a fund raiser; we can invite someone to be a new member. Think about that for a minute. A new member? With each new member you recruit you help 35 more kids by their involvement….how else can you help that many youth at one time?

Oh - and think about this, at this time of year, it is getting cold, football season is over, and doing things outside is difficult. So, now is the time to recruit those new members. This is the season for recruiting!

We are also working on building new clubs, some of the towns we are working on include Hope, Mitchell, and Taylor University among many others. Won’t you help?

In the new year, ask that person you have been thinking about asking to join our great organization. Your colleague, neighbor, friend, family member, etc. If they are a business owner, give them a Friend of Optimist (FOO) Membership. That will get them interested and involved.

So, don’t delay! Let's help our youth! Remember, you have a number of projects coming in the spring and summer, and wouldn’t it be nice to have some extra help? Both you and that new member will be rewarded.

Yours in Optimism,
Captain Mike


The OPTIMIST difference... it's all in our name!

What differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity is simple -- OPTIMISM. And Optimists take their upbeat approach and work every day to make a difference for themselves and for the people around them. Optimists are people who believe that through positive action in their communities they can create a better tomorrow. 

Our Mission

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.



Promise Yourself...
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

...Optimist International

Purposes of Optimist International

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life;
To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;
To inspire respect for 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 man, his community, and the world.

Content Updated: 12/30/2014    Coding Last Modified: 8/31/2012