Muncie Optimist Club
Chartered in May 1928, Muncie Optimist Club was sponsored by the first optimist club in Indiana, the Indiana Optimist Club. In November 1921, a group of twenty interested businessmen met in the Hotel Roberts to organize Muncie’s first Optimist club. The club decided to branch off from the Optimist International and continued to operate separately from the national organization.
Through the efforts of George Piepho, a local funeral director, the club was finally able to reorganize and become affiliated with Optimist International. The reorganized club’s charted was presented to Piepho by David C. Roberts. More than 300 people were in attendance at the charter party at the Roberts Hotel. At the reorganization, the club boasted a roster of sixty-five active members plus a list of honorary members. The reorganized club has remained strong over the years while being active in helping the community and children throughout the county.
Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.
Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.
The Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself …
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.