About Optimism

Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.

Club members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place in which to live.

There are 87,000 individual members who belong to 2,900 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists also spend $78 million on their communities annually.

Mission, Vision and Purposes of Optimist International
Optimist Clubs strive to accomplish a number of goals while assisting youth within their communities.

About the Club

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club was organized in November 1991 to further promote Optimist International’s focus of being a “Friend of Youth.”

Our club’s slogan is “Connecting Campus and Community.” with this slogan, we believe that by combining the efforts of University staff and members of the Whitewater community, we can maximize our potential to “connect” with area youth and have a positive influence on their development.

We have learned that there is a tremendous need and opportunity to help enhance the quality of life of our youth. And, we know that we have the potential to impact 30 youngsters per club member. So, we ask you to consider our Optimist organization.

We invite you to attend our general member meetings, the first and third Wednesdays at 12 Noon on the UW-Whitewater campus and the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm at a local restaurant, to learn more about Optimism. For more information, please contact Dave Halbach, President, at 262-472-5749 or Kim Adams, Past Co-President, at 608-201-2151; or Angie Alesci, Past Co-President, at 920-723-6700.

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