About Us

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.

The Optimist Club of Van Wert has been proudly serving the Van Wert County area since the 1980s. We are comprised of men and women dedicated to the community, friendship, fun, service to youth and the promotion of Optimist as a way of life. Our positive approach, upbeat outlook, and commitment to creating a more optimistic future for kids is what differentiates the Optimist Club of Van Wert from other volunteer opportunities.

Our members receive as much as they give.

  • The fellowship of people who get things done and the example they set for embracing a similar optimist mindset
  • New social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our community
  • The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills
  • The satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of children and the community

Whether you are searching for an outlet to help your community, personal development, or rewarding camaraderie, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Optimist Club of Van Wert.


 

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Optimist Essay Contest Announced
Optimist Essay Contest Announced
January 13, 2022
The Optimist Club of Van Wert is encouraging area students to participate in the Optimist International essay contest for the 2021-2022 school year.  The contest is open to all Va...
2022 Optimist International Oratorical Contest
2022 Optimist International Oratorical Contest
January 8, 2022
The annual Optimist Club of Van Wert Oratorical Contest will be held Sunday, March 6, 2022. Applications are due by Mar. 1. The topic is “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times.” Th...
Kicking off a new Optimist Year
Kicking off a new Optimist Year
November 22, 2021
We're all in for a great new Optimist year!! The Optimist Club of Van Wert is preparing for another fun year of service to our community in 2021-22. Join us! We're looking for new optimisti...