Events Calendar
  • Optimist International Oratorical Contest

    Event Date: 1/1/2024

    Topic for the 2023-2024 School year is “How to Change the World with Optimism”

    The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships are awarded annually from this program.

    Deadline for entries is March 6, 2024.

  • Optimist International Essay Contest

    Event Date: 1/1/2024

    The Meridian Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of "Optimism: How It Connects Us" and will determine the top local winners.

    Deadline for essays to be turned into the Meridian Optimist Club is January 31, 2024.

  • Luck O' The Irish Casino Night

    Event Date: 3/9/2024

    The Meridian Optimist Club will be sponsoring our 14th annual “Luck O’ the Irish” Casino Night.  This event will be held Saturday, March 09, 2024, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The event is being held at the “Center at the Park” in the Julius M. Kleiner Park, next to the The Village, 1920 N. Records Avenue, Meridian, Idaho.

Purposes of Optimist International

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aide and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

The 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 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.
Christian D. Larson