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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!

Optimist International Michigan District 20-21 Slogan

2020 – 2021 Slogan

News & Updates

Register for 2Q 20/21 District Conference

Register for 2Q 20/21 District Conference

2Q 20/21 District ConferenceFirst Quarter in the history books, then January was a ‘catch up’ month and BAM! February just came rolling down the pike. Our Assistant and Lieutenant Governors have been super busy so far this Quarter. We gathered all over the MI District...

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Musical Happiness 2021

Musical Happiness 2021

Does music make you happy? Do you tap your toes at the table and sing your heart out in the shower? Then we want you to join us on March 20, 2021, for the first-ever Music Makes People Happy OptiForum. The forum will be unlike all...

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OptiViews 2020-21 Q2 is Available

OptiViews 2020-21 Q2 is Available

Are you a bouncer? No – I’m not talking about someone who works as a security guard or at the door of your local watering hole, but someone who bounces back easily. As in pick yourself up and get back on the horse! Someone who feels...

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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!

1st Quarter District Convention

We are not yet destined to meet in person, as the Michigan District Optimists. While we are all looking forward to the fellowship, the fun, the Breakouts, the Updates and the Encouragement we all need, we will have to wait a bit longer for the safety of all, when we gather.

1st Quarter A & A Report

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

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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