Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club Optimist International Charter No. 1


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President’s Message:

   If you missed the November 21st Club meeting, you missed a roomful of members and guests talking health, happiness and prosperity to every person there! Awesome meeting! New member Ben Froncek brought a guest! Also, our guest speaker that day, Jim Waters is filling out an application to become a club member…….the club energy is building!

What a great attitude to have entering the last month of the year! Big THANKS to Mandy Curry and Courtney Curry in putting together 10 Thanksgiving Baskets and delivering them to 10 most grateful families! Of course, this would not have been possible without the generous contributions from our club members! Well done everyone! Now we are getting ready to celebrate December in various ways!!!!
On Friday December 5 we give toys plus other items to Operation Christmas Bright. Saturday December 13, we put on our Santa hats to help with Breakfast with Santa! Remember Wednesday, December 17 we step up to Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army INSIDE the entrances of Circle City Mall. If you haven’t signed up….there are still openings!! It’s a wonderful opportunity to wish so many people Happy Holidays while we witness their generosity in helping others!

The last 2014 Club meeting, December 19, will be focused on bringing TOOTHBRUSHES to support club member, Tiffany Wesseler’s “Ray of Hope” organization! Wow! Are you excited? This makes me look at the sunny side of everything and makes my Optimism come true! Club goals for December are well on their way in making a significant difference in many lives in our community! A round of APPLAUSE to Indy Downtown Optimist Club members!!!! – Vally Allen, DOC President 2014-15.

- 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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