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“Choose Optimism”

Our Children.

Our Community.

Our Future.

What is an Optimist? Well, simply put, optimists rescue pessimists. Optimism enhances our health, the health of our communities, and the well-being of all. Through community service projects, optimists work to bring out the best in youth, in themselves and in their communities. They are organized into “clubs” that have gatherings. They make plans in order to meet the the needs of their community. Each club is autonomous and is run by their own members. They have the flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimists see a need and react to it!

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Proposed District Policy Changes 2020-2021

Proposed District Policy Changes 2020-2021

Suggested policy revisions are made annually by the District Governance Committee at the third quarter conference to the Executive Committee as an informational item. Suggested policies shall then be published on the District website, at a minimum of 30 days prior to …

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OptiViews 2020-21 Q4 is Available

OptiViews 2020-21 Q4 is Available

Everyone is talking about it. It’s the first thing we mention when we meet with someone we last saw 15 months ago. It was a long hard year, it was a long lonely winter. It was a long and winding road. Optimists and clubs throughout...

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JOI Michigan District Convention 2021

JOI Michigan District Convention 2021

Dear fellow JOI members, This upcoming weekend, you are invited to share an opportunity to meet and join other Junior Optimist members throughout our JOI Michigan District, via Google Meet. Here we will meet and see what other Junior Optimists around our great...

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Be an Optimist Volunteer

Bring out the best in …


We offer a variety of programs including Junior Optimists Clubs, Junior Golf, Scholarship Contests – to name a few!


Engage in leadership, fellowship, training, events and discover a sense of belonging.


Organize service projects to meet the needs in your area for local schools, parks, hospitals…making the future brighter for our kids!

Optimist International Michigan District Governor 20-21 Debra Berry

Believe In Others

 We are powerful beings in many ways. With just a single word or endearing gesture, we can change someone’s day in an instant. This simple phenomenon is so profound, it even works with total strangers! I do this all the time and I am delighted when my gestures are met with smiles.

When we dig even further, we can begin to embrace how important it is to BELIEVE IN OTHERS. Most likely, you had someone who always believed in you. Maybe it was a family member, coach, a teacher or friend. Because of that person, you were able to soar to new heights, conquer a fear or become a better version of yourself. They listened without being distracted. They loved you at your best and your worst. They inspired you, even when you didn’t believe in yourself. They held on tighter, even when you tried your best to push them away. What if all of us embraced this role? What if we all had someone who said we were the one who believed in him or her, and it made all the difference in their world? We can and we should and I believe we can do it.

Offer to be a mentor to someone who needs a person in their corner.

Reach out to someone who believed in you and made a difference in your life.

Just for you…don’t hold back by not believing in yourself.

Debra Berry
Michigan District Governor

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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

The Michigan District is interested in hearing from you. Whether you’re a parent of a student, a teacher, a youth volunteer or even an Optimist looking for more information, please use the form below and someone from the Michigan District Optimists will contact you. Be as concise as possible in the Message area.

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