Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club

Bringing Out the Best in Kids!


The Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club is one of more than 4000 Optimist Clubs all over the world. Optimist International, founded in 1919, is one of the world’s largest service club organizations whose sole purpose is serving their communities. Carrying the motto “Optimists Bring Out The Best In Kids”, our clubs serve more than five million young people annually.


When we give of ourselves, we gain at least as much in return. That is why more and more men and women are discovering the unique rewards of membership in the Optimist Clubs. Optimist Club members are people of action. We do whatever it takes to meet the needs of out communities.


Our twice monthly meetings are educational, social, and informative. One of the benefits of membership is the development of Optimism as a philosophy of life. We would like to offer you the opportunity to return to your community, through service, the many blessings you have received from it.

Member Benefits

  • An optimist education as you sample a variety of informative and entertaining speakers at out twice monthly dinner meetings.
  • Self improvements as you take on challenges of chairing projects and accepting the invitation to lead your club in its ultimate objective to grow in members and, thereby, in service. 
  • An opportunity to return to your community, through your service agenda, the many blessing you receive from it.
  • Develop optimism as a philosophy of life-just one of the many purposes of Optimist International.

Discover the unique rewards of service in the Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club!

How do I join?

Contact Walt at 217-367-3330 or drop by any of our twice monthly meetings (see calendar for times and location).


Club Member
As Members of Optimist Clubs, individuals have the opportunity to "Bring Out the Best in Kids" along with other like-minded citizens. Through an Optimist Club, volunteers can answer the needs of local youth by organizing meaningful service projects. To pass the idea of becoming an Optimist along to someone you know, see the Membership Brochure.

Life Member
Life Membership is an honor often bestowed by a Club on an Optimist who has shown years of dedication to the Club and the organization. Optimists can also enroll themselves in Life Membership. Through Life Membership, a one-time fee is paid and the Optimist pays lower dues for life. See the Life Member Application for additional information.

College Member
Any Optimist Member who is enrolled as a full-time college student (minimum of 12 credit hours) is eligible to have their annual dues reduced.


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Jun 4 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Jun 18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Jul 2 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM