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

Dear Fellow Optimists,

I hope you will join me this year as we "Chart A Course". You fill in where you would like to go. I am sure though, that you, like me, want to "Chart A Course for the Kids!" I have a number of things planned this year and I think you will find it fun. At least that is my hope!

As we go through the year I will have a different theme for each conference. The intent is to provide each of the clubs the things they will need to be successful. Let's face it, if the clubs are successful, the Kids will win! I want nothing more than to serve more kids in Indiana South this coming year. President Ken Garner gave All Optimists a challenge at the International Convention this year, we should be 100 by 100. That is 100,000 members by the time Optimist International is 100 years old. That is 5 years from now. Think about this.......we could serve 3.5 MILLION Kids! Presently our membership is at 84,000 so we need to get to work. Does this sound impossible? If every club ended the year at net plus 1 each year for the next 5 years, we would exceed 100,000 members.

So please help me grow Indiana South for the Kids! And let's have fun at the district conferences! I know we will!

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: 8/13/2014    Coding Last Modified: 8/31/2012