What Optimists Do

Serving Our Communities


Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. 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.

Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Safety, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization’s scholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). In addition, Optimist International encourages involvement in several other community activities:


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Robin Rich

District Governor

With an incredible talent for organizing and an eye for seeing “the Big picture”, Robin brings years of experience to her role as our District Governor.  Her vision for this district truly embodies the International theme “iMagine” and builds on it, saying “iMagine and Believe”.


The iMagine Dream Team

A Team You Can Rely On


Robin knows she wouldn’t get a fraction of the things done she wants to if it wasn’t for her awesome crew.  Emily Hope is the incredible Secretary-Treasurer for the District, helping Robin navigate the difficulties of keeping the finances aligned with our purpose.  Russ Thomas is our Regional International Vice President, supporting Robin with assistance from Optimist International and from his own experience.  Leading the whole of Optimist International is her good friend and an incredible Optimist, International President Adrian Elcock.  His stewardship of our organization is sure to help children for years to come.

District Secretary-Treasurer Emily Hope

International Vice President Russ Thomas

International President Adrian Elcock