June 19, 1919 was the founding of Optimist International. On this day we celebrate the Optimist International Centennial
•11 clubs held a convention in Louisville KY
•William H Harrison elected first International President
•3 years grew 11 Clubs to 49 Clubs
International celebrations play an important role in our society. They break down barriers and reinvigorate a sense of pride and identity. They engage our members, encouraging us to come together in celebration.
The potential social impact when Clubs and Members come together to celebrate in unity the Centennial of our organization will generate positive impact and exposure to our programs and opportunities for self improvement and community service.
When we increase our organization’s exposure we better position our organization on the international stage to generate stronger partnerships and global identity. As we come together as members, as clubs, as Districts as Optimists we will gain a better respect for each of our own identities and share in a reinvigorating sense of pride which will last longer than year its self.
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves. Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.