The National Capital Optimist club has been serving the youth of the Washington D.C. metro area since 1937. Over the years the club has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to youth based organizations in an effort to improve the community. Aside from donations, the club also is facilitates an annual youth essay contest as well as an annual youth golf tournament.
We work hard to uphold the traditions of our club and follow 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 of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as 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.