What is an Optimist Club?
An Optimist Club is a group of volunteers in action for the youth in your community.

What does an Optimist Club do?
An Optimist club does whatever needs to be done in the community.  Each Club determines its own projects, programs, etc., based on input from its club members and the community.The Optimist Club of Stratford, which was chartered in 1937 has contributed over $3,000,000 inthe past 40 years to minor sports and community projects.

Joining the Optimist Club means the opportunity…
• To be involved with the youth in your community
• To make your community a better place to live
• To meet other civic minded adults sharing the same interests
• To improve your leadership skills
• To develop social contacts with others in your community.

Annual dues for the club are $87.00 per person (October 1st to September 30th). Any member joining at some point during the “Optimist year” pays a one time setup fee of $19.00 and a prorated amount of $7.25 per month remaining in the year.

The Optimist Club of Stratford meets at the following times during the month:
• Business Meeting – 2nd Thursday of the month
• Dinner Meeting – 4th Thursday of the month

For further information feel free to email us at

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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 be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of 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 to large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.