Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club Optimist International Charter No. 1


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President’s Message:

   Big THANKS to members who attended the Member/Board Retreat held in February. Discussions brought forth great input from everyone! Emphasis was placed on building new membership. With the NOW meeting in the near future (April 24th) we are preparing invitation letters appropriate to be sent to ‘not-for-profit’ organizations, businesses such as bankers, insurance agencies, etc. and of course our friends and neighbors. My challenge to our members is to personally speak with your local banker or financial planner inviting them for our NOW meeting. In March we will be developing and practicing our “elevator speech” helping all of us in our verbal invitation to visit our club. In the effort of reaching out to our speakers after their presentation at club meeting, we will be sending (when appropriate) a thank you note to their boss, expressing our appreciation of their time and effort with our club.  In an effort to help our Super Citizens ‘have more fun’ on their visits, we will have more interaction with club members by having the students sitting among club members so we can have direct conversation with them. At their next visit we will resurrect the ‘scavenger hunt for everyone to participate in finding answers to questions about all of us in the room!

To develop a bit of club member participation we will be re-visiting the PGI program in May. Great timing to involve all the new club members just getting started after our April NOW meeting!! Also I’m reminding all our members to wear your Optimist lapel pin when you are at meetings and also to your other events. That little pin could be the start of a conversation as to what it stands for and gives you a perfect opportunity to invite someone new to a club meeting. Remember, guests/visitors are ALWAYS welcome!

And – Clothe A Child is coming up on March 21st and we will need volunteers to help the children shop. Stay positive, keep looking up and ahead, wear a smile and a heavy coat! Stay warm; Spring is on its way!! - 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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