To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind

To make all of your friends feel that there is something in them

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids

What Optimist Clubs do

Optimist Clubs are serious about "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and do their part through community service programs. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their community in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.

Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs.

Our Club

The Optimist Club of Des Plaines is a service club. Its original slogan, "Friend of the Boy," was changed to "Friend of Youth." Our activities have included the Oratorical, of which we have had three winners in our district contest, sponsorship of Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, and numerous school groups. We also offer a Fishing Derby, Kite Fly, and a Junior Golf Tournament. We are continuing to grow in membership and have added many new programs to those traditional ones we have sponsored for many years. In particular, we have joined with other clubs in our international organization to fight Childhood Cancer.

In November of 2014 our club will be 60 years old

Join Us!

Optimists value Learning, Leadership, Excellence and a sense of community. Besides, being an Optimist is something that anyone can do. As Walt Disney said: “You can dream, create the most beautiful place in the universe...but it takes people to make that dream a reality.”

The Optimist Club of Des Plaines, IL, meets the first and third Thursdays of each month and would enjoy having you visit our meetings, so that you can see how we help to make "our optimism come true."

Coming Ahead!

Annual Fishing Derby and Kite Fly

This is a free event for the family, come out to Lake Park on Saturday June 7, 2014 and catch & release some fish. If you don't have a pole there will be some available to borrow during the event. Along with the fishing there will be prizes and a hot dog lunch.

If you would like to try your hand at flying a kite, the Des Plaines Optimist Club will also provide you with a kite to fly. You may bring your own or we will be more than happy to give you one - Let's start praying for some wind that day.

Movies in the Park

The Optimist Club of Des Plaines and the Des Plaines Park District will being the Movies in the Park program: All movies will be free and family friendly.






Local cancer patients and their families have a friend in the Des Plaines Optimist Club. We are joining Optimist International in funding pediatric cancer research... More>>