Service to youth and community has been the foremost principle of the Optimist Clubs for more than 90 years. The Optimist Motto, " Friend of Youth", is exemplified by some of the many projects our club sponsors annually.

About Us

Club meeting at the Robotic Surgical Unit

Winter Haven Hospital

An emphasis is placed on academic achievement.   Not only do we sponsor events like essay-writing and oratorical presentation, but we also offer several sizeable college scholarships each May to deserving students.  In addition, for many years the club recognized outstanding local school students with its "Student Appreciation Program".

Club members volunteering at the WHPD 5K Special Olympics event

Reciting the creed at every meeting

Optimists - Bringing out the best in  kids

Physical activity is necessary for all people to help ensure a lifetime of good health.  Offering kids the opportunity to be active and to compete is crucial for their personal development.   Forming healthy physical habits should start early. The club sponsors various physical activities as well as specific athletic events.


Elementary School Track Meet

Santa's Run Fest for Our Kids

It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to assure our club is reaching out to as many organizations and kids as it can. We're fortunate to have some of the best folks dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to this cause.
Fund Raising

Community Fest

NFL District Conference April 2024

​​Fund raising is truly the bottom-line: The more we raise, the more we can offer to our kids and organizations that we support. Our current major fundraiser is the "Santa's Run Fest for Our Kids". This 10K, 5K and Kids' Sprints event has been held every December since 2016. Please see registration at Prior to this, the Club conducted Christmas Tree Sales for several decades.