I am an Optimist

My friends know that I love Optimist International.  I appreciate the fact that the group is focused on being friends to Youth. I certainly like the activities that my chapter sponsors to lift up youth. In club activities, I am regularly reminded of several lines of the Optimist Creed by how we interact with young people and with each other.

Promise Yourself…..

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best…….
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own……
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

I appreciate the Optimist Mission:

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service projects. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.

Optimists strive to live up to their name and keep up an upbeat attitude, which they try to pass along to the children they serve. The words of The Optimist Creed are well-known to Optimist volunteers and beyond. The creed gives volunteers a focus for personal improvement as they work to better the world around them.

Several Optimists in Janesville Wisconsin were partly responsible for my surviving adolescence.  I’m happy to pass it on today.  But I know I am not a leader in my Chapter.

Still, I was really proud and excited to receive an award at my Chapter banquet Thursday, as the Optimist of the Year.  The Certificate says it is “For your service to the Metro Milwaukee Optimist Club.  You brought out the best in kids!”  I was most pleased by the comments:  “You participated in lots of events, and you were always upbeat and positive and you had a smile for everyone.”  It pleases me greatly to receive recognition for doing something that I really believe in.

Of course, I may have received the award because I’m always willing to look like an idiot in Minute-to-Win-It competitions!  (This is a good U-Tube link if you want to laugh.)

Even though I’m probably the oldest member in my chapter, I’m looking forward to much fun and many opportunities to boost up youth in 2013.

I promise myself …..”To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”

About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, a former Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am continuing to learn in my dialysis experience and pursuit of a kidney transplant. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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2 Responses to I am an Optimist

  1. This is another excellent post Tom. Today’s youth are the men and women of tomorrow. We must encourage and protect them. Thanks so much for sharing. God blesses.

  2. Pingback: community engagement - Thank you Optimists - Why Not Fathers? | Why Not Fathers?

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