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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Purposes of an Optimist Club

Do you know how when you decide to buy a red car you suddenly begin seeing red cars everywhere? I've recently noticed that more and more of our Optimist Clubs are sharing the Purposes of an Optimist Club on their bulletins and web sites. I don't know if they were publishing them before and I had missed it, or if we have all suddenly decided to revisit our founding principles, but I think it is important that we remind ourselves why we gather as Optimists. There are methods to how we propose to bring out the best in kids. They are:

The Purposes of an Optimist Club

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.

Share these thoughts with others. Apply the purposes to the projects that your Optimist Club sponsor and perform. Embody the spirit and action of Optimist Clubs around the world and I am certain your club will grow and succeed.