The Optimist Club of Norman

Established February 7, 1974, The Norman Optimist Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth of Norman and surrounding areas. The Norman Optimist Club will not deny any child living in a Norman school district the opportunity to participate in its programs for reasons other than health or age limitations.

Membership in the Norman Optimist club shows your commitment towards the youth of Norman, as well as providing a foundation for youth sports teams. If you are not an Optimist member, click here to contact the club to request additional information.

What Should I Expect?

Every Optimist Club was formed by people who wanted to reach out to help youth and the community; people like you and me. Members of an Optimist Club usually live in or work in the community. Members have joined together to serve others and to promote Optimism as a way of life.

Each Optimist Club is chartered as a Member of Optimist International. This gives the Club the right to use the Optimist name and provides each Club with services and programs offered by Optimist International. Each Optimist Club operates autonomously. This means they operate independently of each other. They choose their own activities, elect their own officers and raise their own funds. A Club’s service activities are based on the needs of the community. What a Club can do is limited only by the imagination and resources of the Members.

Optimist Clubs do share certain similarities. This offers you, the Member, the assurance of knowing wherever you are, should you wish to attend an Optimist Club’s meeting, certain components will be the same.

The Optimist Creed

Promise yourself to

  • Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • Make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • Think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  • Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • Wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Optimist International

The Norman Optimist Club is a member of Optimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local clubs whose members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves. 

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