“Hope For All”

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!

2019 – 2020 Slogan

Welcome to the Optimist 2019-20 year. I am excited to be working with you as your Governor this year and believe that together we can make a difference in our communities and in our youth. My slogan for this year is “Hope for All.” There is hope for reaching all the youth in the lower peninsula; there is hope for improving ourselves; there is hope for improving our communities; there is hope for working together toward a common good. My professional career was dedicated to serving children and families and that’s clearly where my passion lies. But never have I had the satisfaction that I have when I work with and for the youth in my community. Our Mighty Michigan members have given me the opportunity to serve and I feel committed and blessed!

Pamela Barckholtz
Michigan District Governor

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!

2nd Quarter District Meeting

February 28th registration, executive board dinner and training will be held at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. The hospitality suite will be held at Springhill Suites by Marriott – Frankenmuth. Then the general session on Saturday will be held at The River View at Frankenmuth Brewery.

Exciting trainings include:

  • Tips on having fun at meetings
  • Creative ways to stay current with dues
  • Membership and Retention
  • Junior Optimist International (JOI)
  • Electronic Communication/Marketing for Clubs
  • And other exciting topics!!!


News & Updates

Zone Realignment Survey

Zone Realignment Survey

The Michigan District has formed a committee to examine a possible realignment the current Zones. We need your input! Every few years the District evaluates the current Zone structure and determines whether Clubs are in the proper Zone and…

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OptiViews 2019-20 Q2 is Available

OptiViews 2019-20 Q2 is Available

We are about SERVICE. Service to our communities, service to youth and families, service to first responders and others who enforce the law, service to our veterans, and service to seniors who may be vulnerable. Our more than 90 clubs...

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Registration Q2 2019-20

Registration Q2 2019-20

Helping You Succeed as an Optimist We want to see you at the 2nd Quarter District Conference. There is plenty of training available. We have expanded the ways in which you are able to pay for the conference. Michigan District now has online credit card processing. We...

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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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