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:
Equipment needs for classrooms and sports.
Specialized needs for handicapped children.
Support for local Law and Order.
Adjunct programming needs for the classroom
And many other youth programs requiring additional funding.
Every Wednesday lunch meeting – 11:30am currently at:
Asian Grill Buffet, N. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512
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
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
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.
$70.00 per quarter. This includes Optimist Int. fees, Optimist
Magazine, and lunch every Wednesday.
Defiance was built in 1971
Celebrating 40 years!
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