As the Optimist motto would suggest, we strive to be a friend of
youth. This is usually accomplished by donating time, labor, money
and/or encouragement directly to young people and/or organizations
that directly or indirectly come into contact with young people in
this area. Our society provides both good and bad influences on
young people and they are influenced by what they see and hear.
Optimist Clubs, by involvement and example, strive to be a good
influence in the lives of young people. The philosophy of Optimism
applies not only to young people but to all people. The Optimist
Creed, which we repeat after every meeting, explains this philosophy
THE OPTIMIST CREED
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
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