Serving Southern California

Mission and Vision

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Optimist Creed


Optimists provide service in their communities while living by the tenets of the Optimist Creed.

Note from the Governor

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.”

- Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year!

Traditionally a new year begins with the excitement of making goals, resolutions and promising to be a better version of ourselves. I’m no exception. I’d like to lose a few pounds, declutter my garage, and plan for that next “Trip of a Lifetime”.

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