Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club Optimist International Charter No. 1


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President’s Message:

 Greetings and Happy 4th of July! - Here we are ready to celebrate our country’s birthday!! What a Blessing in having the privilege to live in the Land of the Free. With all the controversial topics that confront us from the political conflicts, social differences, news media, and struggling economics, we still have the best Country to call our home! Another Blessing is belonging to our Optimist Club that does reach out to the community in making a difference with our Youth. These summer months are perfect times to recruit prospective club members as we meet new friends or reunite with neighbors at picnics and summer lawn concerts. Invite them for lunch with us on Fridays at the Scottish Rite! Friday, July 10 our speakers will be two Scottish students visiting the United States. They will be interviewed about some of the differences they see in our two countries and what their young impressions are about the American way of life. Hope you can attend and enjoy a bit of international exchange!! Other July programs are listed in the newsletter calendar. Happy Birthday to you if your birthday month is JULY and Happy Birthday to our USA!! Stay safe and see you at our Friday Downtown Optimist Club Meetings!! - Vally.


"Serving the Indianapolis Area Since 1916"

Our Vision: By providing hope and positive vision, Indianapolis Downtown Optimists bring out the best in kids

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

Optimist International's mission is to foster an optimistic way of life, through a network of Optimists, dedicated to the full development of their potential in order to provide ever-expanding service to youth, the community and the world.

Purposes of Optimist

bulletTo develop optimism as a philosophy of life;
bulletTo promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;
bulletTo inspire respect for law;
bulletTo promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;
bulletTo aid and encourage the development of youth;
bulletIn 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.



Optimist Creed

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

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