Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club Optimist International Charter No. 1

Happy Anniversary 2016 - 100 Years of Serving the Indy's Area Youth


What's New?
Club Leaders
Club Team
Just 4 Fun
Calendar & Links

President’s Message:

 Mandy Curry, DOC President 2015-2016

Hello fellow Optimists! What a whirlwind of a month April has been! I wasn't able to
attend two of our meetings, but I want to make sure to send out another thank you to
Ken K. and Cheryl C. for stepping up in my absence. I heard that the speakers for
those two Fridays were fantastic, so I am very sorry that I missed them!

We also had the privilege of hosting Optimist International President Dave Bruns and
VP of our region, Bob Floyd during one of our recent meetings. I was so impressed to
see such a full room of Optimists from all over join us for this celebration. And we all
know how much I love social media...our Facebook page grew about 20 likes during
this time, and our posts that featured the OI President received 400+ views EACH! That is awesome considering that we only have about 150 people that like our page and Facebook generally limits your views to 7% of your likes. So, how awesome is that?!? You know...we can keep up this momentum. Each Friday when we post photos or videos of our speakers and other club activities, be sure to take just a moment to share them to your Facebook page, too. We shouldn't remain such a secret - let's tell the world about all of the wonderful things we do, the special guests we host, and the great networking opportunities available in our club.

As we move into May, I can't help but think about how the Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its 100th running just like we are celebrating our 100th anniversary - two very important parts of history in the same year! Keep your ears open for opportunities for us to promote our club and invite new members to join us. – President Mandy

"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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