The WINUM District will reach out to those that need to have Optimism in their lives through leadership and sharing. We will strive to become the service organization that all kids can look for a better future for themselves and their country.
District Policies Revised 2012-13
The Optimist Creed
- 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 optimism come true.
- To think only for the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
- To be just 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.
Milestones of Optimist International
1911 - A new type of civic service organization, "Optimist Club" is formed in Buffalo, New York.
1919 - Founding convention of Optimist International, Louiseville, Kentucky.
1922 - The Optimist Creed adopted.
1923 - First motto was adopted, "Friend of the Delinquent Boy".
1924 - The first Canadian club is chartered in Toronto, Ontario.
1957 - First observance of Youth Appreciation Week on an International basis.
1969 - Creation of the Optimist International Foundation.
1972 - Optimist motto is changed to "Friend of Youth".
1987 - Women admitted to membership.
1988 - Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) is formed as the official youth clubs organization.