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Optimist International is an organization which is dedicated to
meeting the needs of the local community with special emphasis on
youth. [....]

Members of the Optimist organization are unpaid volunteers, with the
exception of a handful of professional people at District and
International level necessary to maintain organizational integrity.
Optimist International is one of the world's largest and most active
service club organizations, with over 175,000 members in more than
4,300 Optimist Clubs across North America. Optimist Clubs directly
serve over five million young people each year.  A major focus of
Optimist International today is in the area of drug abuse prevention.
Optimist Clubs sponsor "Just Say No" clubs and many other types of
activities which educate youth about drugs and support a drug-free
lifestyle.  Since 1928, Optimist International has sponsored an annual
Oratorical Contest for youth. Today, over $150,000 in scholarships is
awarded to Oratorical Contest winners each year.  Optimist
International also sponsors the largest international golf tournament
for young people, the Optimist Junior World Championships. Other-major
Optimist programs include the Optimist Essay Contest, Optimist Youth
Appreciation, Optimist Bike Safety Week and Optimist Respect for Law

Optimist International is divided up into districts. The Governor of
the district coordinates the zones within each district, each of which
is usually facilitated by a Lieutenant Governor. Individual clubs
within the local area, each led by a President, make up the zones.

In addition to providing the framework and infrastructure of the
entire organization, Optimist International oversees the Optimist
International Foundation (OIF). The OIF has many functions, not the
least of which is to raise money in order to defray the costs of the
multitude of materials used in the myriad of club projects and
programs perfomed in local communities.

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 critize others.
     To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for
	fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

The Optimist Creed was authored in 1912 by Christian D. Larson, an
advocate of positive thought.  It was adopted as Optimist
International's creed in 1922.

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