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

Thank you for opening the Illinois DIstrict Optimist Website. If you heard or read about Optimist International and are looking for more information, you've arrived at the right spot.

Optimist International is a community-based organization of men and women interested in "Bringing out the Best in Kids", which is our motto.

We have 42 clubs across Illinois, sponsoring sport of all sorts, music groups, Essay, Poster and Oratorical contests (winners of which receive college scholarships), cancer camps, pumpkin races, Halloween parties and parades, Easter egg hunts, Christmas projects, and other activities which each club may elect to do. Helping other organizations in a community with building projects -- labor and materials, is another way of co-operating with other groups in a community to benefit the community and thus in turn, the young people.

Each club determines it own fundraising projects, which vary extensively.

If this is something you would like to experience as a way of helping kids and getting to know more people in your community or area, give me a call. We always welcome new men and women into our clubs and will assist you in finding a club in your area of Illinois.

Dick Volker

Illinois Optimist District Governor

Phone: (815) 875-1330

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