Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club Optimist International Charter No. 1


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President’s Message:

 Greetings to all Members! Hurray for Spring, here at last! In keeping with a season’s new beginnings, we, as a club, have gained new beginnings with 9 new members in April. Seven of which signed an application at the NOW meeting on April 24th! Many, many thanks to Mandy Curry for organizing our invitation letters, setting the theme of “Rolling out the Red Carpet” and recruiting the lion’s share of these new members. Many thanks to Cheryl Curry for facilitating the NOW meeting along with the help of several club members highlighting club history and the many projects and fund raisers the Club participates in throughout the year. A round of applause for all!   I’m sure this momentum of new membership will continue to grow as each of us think of others or follow up with friends and business people who were unable to attend this NOW meeting. Our “mentoring of new members” will go into an action plan very soon. I’m hoping several of our experienced club members will step up to assist with this meaningful investment of time with our new members. Signing up a new member is one thing but retaining them is another important part of having a dedicated long lasting member! Remember, any Friday is the “perfect” day to invite a guest enabling them to see the value of this club and its good work in reaching out into the community Bringing out the Best in Kids!! Have a Happy May as we “race” forward in building the Indy Downtown Optimist Club!!!! - Vally


NOTE: DOC Fund Raiser on 5/20/2015 - Wendy's = DOC Fund Raiser - Wendys Burger Bash 052015.pdf


"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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