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Welcome to the website of the Wilmette Optimist Club! 

Originally established in 1923 and re-dedicated in 2010, the Wilmette Optimist Club is one of the oldest clubs in the Optimist International
organization. The club is dedicated to bringing out the best in the young boys and girls of our area and to enhancing the quality of life in our community.




We invite you to learn more about our club and to consider joining. Please explore our website, discover our Mission, read our Creed 
and learn about the various activities we do that embrace youth-serving organizations in the various communities from which we draw our members.

Our members represent a wide geographical range from the North Shore of Chicago and surrounding communities. Although our primary service focus is on our home community of Wilmette, Kenilworth, and the New Trier School District, we honor our nonresident members by extending our reach to their communities as well.  The common denominator among our members is a commitment to bringing out the best in kids.  In undertaking a variety of youth- and community-oriented projects, our members develop lasting friendships with those who work alongside them in these endeavors.

If you'd like more information about joining, please consider attending one of our weekly lunch meetings at the Wilmette Golf Club.