About our Club

optimists logoDefiance Optimist Club

We proudly promote community staple events and various fund raising activities throughout the year.  Since 1971, our organization has raised over $500,000.00 to donate to youth oriented activities, events, and facilities.

Some of the ways in which we distribute our funds are:
Scholarships.
Equipment needs for classrooms and sports.
Specialized needs for handicapped children.
Support for local Law and Order.

Community playgrounds.

Adjunct programming needs for the classroom
And many other youth programs requiring additional funding.

Membership Meetings
Every Wednesday lunch meeting – 11:30am currently at:
Asian Grill Buffet, N. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512

Mailing Address
PO Box 684
Defiance, OH 43512

Purposes of the Optimist Club
To develop optimism as a philosophy of life;
To promote an active interest in good government and civic
affairs;
to inspire respect for 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 man, his community and world.

The 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.

Dues
$70.00 per quarter. This includes Optimist Int. fees, Optimist
Magazine, and lunch every Wednesday.

Charter Year
Defiance was built in 1971

Celebrating 40 years!

Opti-Facts
First Optimist Club: Optimist Club of Buffalo, New York, 1911
Optimist International: Founded in 1919
First International Convention: Louisville, Kentucky, June 1919
3,200 Optimist Clubs with 105,000 members (as of October 1, 2005)
Over 65,000 service projects conducted annually
6,000,000 youth directly served each year
Over $78 million spent annually on community service projects

2 thoughts on “About our Club

  1. I am interested in membership and being involved. I grew up in Defiance and recently moved back to the area. I feel like I have a lot I can contribute to the community.

  2. Optimist Club –

    Some of you may have noticed in the Crescent News that Ayersville has taken on an initiative of school improvement and we are working on sending all teachers and support staff to the Ron Clark Academy.

    We have sent 10 individuals from Ayersville last week and the changes occurring at Ayersville is remarkable. We have started utilizing strategies we have taken away from Ron Clark and our trip to some high performing schools in Atlanta.

    As a result of our experiences, Mrs. Jones (AD/Assistant Principal), Mrs. Hench (Elementary Principal) and I have created is a two-prong professional development plan for the remainder of the year. The first prong is to incorporate more research-based, student-driven, fully inclusive teaching techniques and strategies into our classrooms. While the second prong is to create morale lifting activities throughout the year.

    We plan on making our Ron Clark initiative district wide and would like to send another 10 staff members to Atlanta to tour schools the schools we visited last week that have successfully incorporated the strategies we would like to implement. We would then like to have teachers attend the 1 day Ron Clark Academy. We firmly believe that if we can roll get all teachers to experience this professional development, it can have a major impact on both morale and student learning. We are 10 individuals that have attended and the excitement and impact that we have made in a week was huge. Over the next 2 years, we would like to continue to send as many teachers as we can to the Ron Clark Academy so that we can continue to build on the new and exciting things staff will learn while there.

    We already other organizations helping in offsetting the cost our trip. These groups are helping our goal of getting teachers to Atlanta by sponsoring 1 teacher. So the purpose of this entire dissertation is to seek funding from the Defiance Optimist Club to help our cause. I have done some number crunching and I believe we would be able to send all 10 staff members to Atlanta for about $1200 per teacher. Is there any hope that the Optimist Club may be able to help us send staff on this trip and if so, what steps do I need to take? The timeline for our trip is Wednesday evening, April 21 through Friday evening, April 22.

    I appreciate you taking the time to even read through this email. If you can provide any help or guidance I would truly appreciate it. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Jeremy Kuhlman

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