What are Optimists


Clarkston Optimists, a member of Optimists International, is a non-profit organization that supports their local community. Our goals are to:

  • Aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self is in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world,
  • Develop optimism as a philosophy of life,
  • Promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs,
  • Inspire respect for the law and,
  • Promotes patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people.

The Clarkston Optimist Club’s activities are focused on the youth of the community, respect for law and promoting patriotism. The club sponsors Junior Optimist Clubs (JOOI) at the elementary, middle school, junior high school and high school levels. Student of the Year recognitions are held at each school in the Clarkston Schools district. A multitude of programs throughout the year are focused on youth: Opti-Socks, Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest, grants to youth programs, SCAMP Field Day and the Fourth of July parade.

We welcome you to become a Clarkston Optimist!