Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. The District exists as a resource for Optimist Clubs to help identify leaders, encourage participation, and start up Optimist Clubs to help advance the purposes of Optimist International.
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.
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The Optimist Creed
PROMISE YOURSELF... To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimist come true 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 forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble