“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!

4th Quarter District Convention

Evening registration, executive board meeting and the hospitality suite will be held on Friday August 21st. Followed up Saturday with the general session and business meeting. Sunday morning will be our Memorial Service.

News & Updates

New District Facebook Page

New District Facebook Page

Social MediaNew Facebook Page for the Michigan DistrictWhy the new Facebook Page? We created the Facebook PAGE because the purpose of a Facebook Page is to connect with an audience. A PAGE is better suited to promote our Michigan Optimists Zones and Clubs. It allows...

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Registration 4Q 2019-20

Registration 4Q 2019-20

Helping You Succeed as an OptimistWe want to see you at the 4th Quarter District Convention. There is plenty of training available.We have expanded the ways in which you are able to pay for the convention. Michigan District now has online credit card processing. We...

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OptiViews 2019-20 Q3 is Available

OptiViews 2019-20 Q3 is Available

We are almost 3,000 strong and we will not be stopped! As Optimists, we are “so strong that nothing can disturb our peace of mind” and we practice “pressing on to the greater achievements.” In this challenge that no one could have...

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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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