About Optimist International

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in the youth, in their communities, and in themselves.


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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.

2018-2019 SWONT Governor


Words cannot express how happy I am to be your Governor for the 2018/19 year!  David and I are looking forward to travelling about this great district and visiting with as many clubs and zones as time allows. This is our Centennial year of Optimism. Can you just imagine how many youth have been served over the past century? The numbers must be phenomenal!  Let’s strive to make an even bigger impact on the youth and our communities this year.
    Of course, many hands make light work so if we work at growing our clubs we can expand our programs and work towards “Bringing Out the Best in Youth”.
    My theme this year is Rev’d Up for Optimism! Rev’d is actually an acronym for Relationships, Education, Viability and Dreams. We need to build positive relationships within our organization and communities, with the kids and each other.
   We need to educate the ourselves about the needs of the communities, educate ourselves about the programs that Optimist International offers and most importantly, educate the public about who we are as an organization and how awesome we are!
   We need to be a viable organization.  We need a combination of fresh ideas and new faces, and experience and wisdom.  There is always room for more members, more programs, more ideas so we can serve more youth!  So how do we accomplish this?  We dream and we dream big! Don’t be afraid to try something new.
   International President Rebecca Butler Mona’s theme for this Centennial Year is “Promise Yourself”  So Promise Yourself to get Rev’d Up and make your Optimism come true.

Yours in Optimism,
Cheryl and David Bolton