Illinois Optimist clubs are dedicated to helping kids in their communities. “OPTIMIST- BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN KIDS”, is are motto. 53 Illinois Optimist clubs work in their communities to improve and maintain a positive atmosphere for children to prosper.

Optimist members are from all walks of life and work together to fund and run youth programs.

Families, Schools, Towns, Parks, Business, Corporations, Hospitals, and Non-Profit Organizations all partner with Optimist International to bring out the best in kids.

Members are determined women and men striving for a mission to improve life for the children. If this is for you join an Optimist Club. Call 309-236-2337 for information.

Governor's Message

Gov. West Announces Theme: Transforming Optimism

I'm looking forward to a very prosperous year for all of our clubs, and I hope to work with each and every club to make sure that s the case. We have some projects and programs that we're putting together this year that will be beneficial for all the clubs, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you as the come together.

Our theme this year is "Transforming Optimism"
and that’s what we’re going to do. We want to focus on building up the clubs that we've got, and transforming all our clubs so that we can bring out the best in kids in new and exciting ways. We want totake all of the great things we’re already doing, and figure out how to do more for the kids of our state.

Please come to the district meetings. especially club presidents. Our organization needs your input and leadership, and we want to make all of our conferences full of training and fellowship that can benefit all of our clubs.

If anybody needs anything, please reach out to me.My phone number is 309-573-7345 and my email address is
I want to help in any way that I can, and I want to be available to all of our clubs.

I'm looking forward to what we can do together, but I won’t know how Ican help unless you let me know.

Yours in Optimism,
Governor Bill West
Illinois District, Optimist International