About Us

Our Purpose

The Wausau Noon Optimist Club's Purpose is to…

  • To develop optimism as a philosophy of life, utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed.

  • To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs.

  • To inspire respect for law.

  • To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people.

  • To aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life, and the world.

Our Mission:

to foster an optimistic way of life, through a network of optimists, dedicated to the full development of their potential in order to provide ever-expanding service to youth, the community and the world.

Our History

1911 –  The very first Optimist clubs start.

1919 – Optimist International Organization is officially founded and unified existing Optimist Clubs that had courage a spirit of hopefulness and enthusiasm among themselves and throughout their communities.

1922 - Optimists adopted the Optimist Creed written by Christian D. Larson. The Creed continues to reflect the basic philosophy of an Optimist member in both attitude and actions.

1924 - Optimists adopted the motto, “Friend of the Boy”.  Today, the motto is “Friend of Youth”, reflecting the organization’s total commitment to all youth.  Optimists across North America serve 6 million youth each year.  Optimist Clubs and their members are making a positive impact on the lives of the youth of today and tomorrow.

1960 - Wausau Noon Optimist Club is founded

2015 - Wausau Noon Optimists support more than 5, 000 youth in the Greater Wausau Area

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.

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