Let's make a difference for Childhood Health & Wellness!

Optimist International is establishing a new focus in Childhood Health and Wellness, and we want to hear from you! Please email [email protected] club project ideas and photos that fall in any of the Childhood Health & Wellness four focus areas (not limited to the examples below):

  • Healthy Lifestyles (e.g., Physical fitness, nutrition)
  • Chronic Diseases (e.g., Childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, MS, Ronald McDonald House)
  • Mental Health (e.g., Depression, abuse)
  • Disabilities – Physical, Intellectual & Developmental (e.g., Autism, Special Olympics)
Greetings from JOI President Julia Cooper

Hello my fellow Junior Optimists and welcome to a New Year of Optimism! For those of you who don’t already know me, my name is Julia Cooper and I am your Junior Optimist International President for the 2019-2020 year! I am a senior at Sinclair Secondary School and I live in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

Everyone who knows me knows that I love music, singing, and acting. This is why I have chosen the theme, Singing in the Key of Optimism to reflect my passion for creativity and music. I strive for this year to be filled with many new and creative ideas.

Myself, along with the new Junior Optimist International are very excited for this year and have some amazing ideas for the year and for our convention. Our convention this year is in Schaumburg, Illinois and is going to be a blast!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Yours in Optimism,

Julia Cooper
Junior Optimist International President
Upcoming Webinars

Save the date! Webinars offer information to strengthen your skills as a leader and make your Club and District the best it can be.

November 18: How to use the Scholarship Programs as a model for STAR
Optimist International is building STARs via the scholarship programs for our youth. Find out how support from Optimist International can help strengthen your club's scholarship programs. Register here.

Get Ready to Give on Dec. 3!

Both the Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation and the Optimist International Foundation support OI's scholarship, childhood cancer, disaster relief and other programs. Please consider both of these organizations in your #GivingTuesday efforts.

Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation

Congratulations to the Optimist Club of Brooklin, from Central Ontario, which earned a $3,000 Spread Relief Grant for their “Brooklin VS” event, a fundraiser for SickKids Foundation.

Apply to the CCOF Spread Relief program before December 31, 2019 and your club might receive up to $3000 for setting up a childhood health and wellness project in your community.

Visit our website for more information:  http://ccof-foec.org/spread-relief/ If you have any question, please contact Nadège Fortier [email protected] , (514) 593-4401 ext.: 336 or toll free (800) 363-7157 ext.: 336
Nominate the next great OI Foundation leader

Do you know a great Optimist who would be an asset to the Optimist International Foundation Board? Nominees must:
  • Have served a full term as a District Foundation Representative
  • Commit to supporting the Foundation with time and donations.
  • Commit to four years of service as a member of the Board.

For more information or questions, contact Craig Boring OIF Executive Director at [email protected] .
Can you spare a Dime-A-Day?

The Optimist International Foundation funds and supports many of Optimist International's key programs, including scholarships, grants and other activities.

Support for the Foundation is vital to the continued success of the OI mission, as members' dues do not fund these programs. Please consider a gift to OIF so we collectively can help more children and communities. Our Dime-A-Day program is a great way to support the Foundation on a budget. Click here for more information .
Official Optimist International Suppliers

United States and the Caribbean:
Ansell's Awards and Specialties

Members outside of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean may order from either vendor.
Contact the International Board of Directors 

If you have comments, concerns or suggestions for the International Board of Directors, please send to  [email protected]