“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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News & Updates

Register for 3Q 21/22 District Conference

Register for 3Q 21/22 District Conference

3Q 21/22 District ConferencePlease join fellow optimists at the 3rd Quarter Conference as we Celebrate Success! The May conference is a great time to be with local optimists. Michigan youth will be sharing their thoughts by essay and by speech about how an optimistic...

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OptiViews 2021-22 Q3 is Available

OptiViews 2021-22 Q3 is Available

The Michigan District continues to make a positive impact in their communities by providing hope and a positive vision for the future and by sharing optimistic moments that take everyone’s breath away: moments of intense surprise,...

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Register for 2Q 21/22 District Conference

Register for 2Q 21/22 District Conference

2Q 21/22 District ConferenceThe Second Quarter Conference for Michigan District Optimists will be held virtually via Zoom on February 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, so you can attend from the comfort of your home. There is much fun planned, as well as many...

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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

Cultivate Your Optimism

Hello Michigan Optimists!

Congratulations to Immediate Past Governor Debra Berry and her team for a successful optimist year despite the obstacles of the pandemic.

Today marks a new year and I am humbled to be serving as the district governor. May we all continue to provide hope and a positive vision, bringing out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.

During the next twelve months, I would like to establish office hours. If you have an optimist concern or comment, or just want to talk, call me during the District Governor’s Office Hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Let us celebrate, have fun and be enthusiastic about Cultivating Optimism.

Dan Mills
Governor, Michigan District Optimists

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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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