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This website was created by Research Idaho to support new club building in the Pacific Northwest District of Optimist International.  We hope that you will find the information helpful wherever your club or district is located.  Please direct questions or comments to:

Linda Vaught





Optimist International has flagship programs that many clubs choose to conduct 


Optimist Junior Golf

At age 8, Tiger Woods won the Optimist International Golf Championships (OIJGC) at Torrey Pines, a feat he zieglergolf.jpgwent on to accomplish again at 9, 12, 13, 14, and 15.  Perhaps with the impetus of this high profile participant or the golf movement itself, the Optimist Junior Golf Program has continued to grow and produce quality sportsmen and women through the years.

The Optimist Junior Golf Program’s mission is to build positive values in young people through participation in Optimist District and international junior golf events.  It is open to youths 10 to 18 years of age and more than 8,000 boys and girls participate annually. 

The program begins at the District Level where approximately 650 golfers from 30 different countries emerge victorious to play at the OIJGC, now held at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  The tournament is now know to golfers as "The Optimist."

Qualifying Criteria and Tournament Schedule


JOOI Youth Clubs

The oldest of the bunch is the JOOI - Junior Optimist and Octagon International.  JOOI Clubs can be built in any community that has an adult Optimist Club.  Several members of the local club will choose to form and provide ongoing mentorship to this club, generally within school district purview, and with a school sponsor.   Your club can also choose an alternative site, such as a Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Church or other alternative location.   

The purposes of a JOOI Club are simple: they provide fun, fellowship, and community service learning opportunities for youth of all ages.   For the adult club sponsor, a JOOI Club provides a long-term mentoring relationship with with young people versus the short-term exposure of most Optimist projects.  It's a fact - more than 13 million teens volunteer annually.  Why not foster the purposes of optimism in young people through the JOOI Program?

JOOI Program Guide


Childhood Cancer Campaign

In 2001, the Optimist International Board of Directors established the Childhood Cancer Campaign (CCC) as the organization's primary focus for the next five years.  They asked their clubs to dedicate some of their members' service to raising money for research to find a cure for cancers affecting children.  Optimist Clubs also perform projects in their local communities to provide succor to children afflicted by cancer and their families.

Optimist International Childhood Cancer Campaign