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.

2019-2020 SWONT Governor


We are off to a great start as we begin this new Century of Optimism. The Great SWONT District continues to be the District to watch, for leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion. Thanks to the SWONT Optimist Facebook site we can see many of the wonderful Club projects that enrich our youth, our communities and ourselves each year. This District is blessed with so many great Optimists working together to achieve our goals. Our Vision is 2020. We continue to strive to be the best as we look to the past for our history and inspiration. We look to the present to see the effect of our new clubs and new members on our ever evolving society. We look to the future as we work to increase our membership and our Optimist influence here and abroad. Technology has taken us to new levels in communication. We are fast tracking on a new learning curve that confounds and excites us at the same time. Dropbox, Webinars and Zoom connect us to our International members and reduce our carbon footprints on our fragile planet. Together we move forward, together we will succeed! Thank you to every member of our many clubs. As International President Adrian Elcock says, our Clubs are the center of our Optimist Universe. Here`s to health, happiness and prosperity.

Yours in Optimism,
Governor Ruth Quenneville