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Who We Are

What is an Optimist Club?

An Optimist Club is a group of volunteers in action for the youth in your community.

What does an Optimist Club do?

An Optimist club does whatever needs to be done in the community.  Each Club determines its own projects, programs, etc., based on input from its club members and the community.
The Optimist Club of Stratford, which was chartered in 1937 has contributed $700,000 in the past 14 years to minor sports and community projects.

Optimist Club of Stratford Projects:

The Optimist Club of Stratford has supported the following programmes/teams:

  •          Battle of the Bands
  •         Scouts
  •          Bike Day
  •         St John Ambulance
  •          Childhood Cancer
  •         Stratford Minor Girls Softball
  •          Chess Tournament
  •         Tennis Day 
  •          Community Living
  •          Trout Derby
  •          Fall Fair
  •          Youth Bowling
  •          Galbraith Camp for Kids
  •         Parade of Lights

    Major sponsorships have included:
    1.          Stratford General Hospital $50,000
    2.          Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario Foundation $10,000
    3.          Optimism Place $25,537
    4.          Rec Centre $60,000

    Fund Raising

    The Optimist Club of Stratford has the following major fund raisers:

    1. Bingo - every Thursday night.

    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 optimism come true.

    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of 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 to large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


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