The Optimist Club of Raleigh is a service organization comprised
of men and women with professional or business backgrounds. Club fundraising and
service projects are for the benefit, encouragement and entertainment of the
young people in our community. Sponsored programs include "Mile of Hope" (a
weekend beach outing for childhood cancer patients and their families), "Safety on Wheels"
(to promote bicycle safety), Take a Kid Fishing (fishing at the Optimist Farm), "Respect for Law", "Youth Appreciation Week" ( Scholarship awards for area high school seniors), and Oratorical and
Essay Contests --
all focused on serving young people. The Club also provides financial support to
the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina (at Lake Waccamaw, NC). The motto of every Optimist Club is "Friend
of Youth." (Club Bochure)
Except on a few occasions, the Club meets at noon each Monday in
the Raleigh Room of the Glenwood Avenue Golden Corral. Meetings are
highlighted by good food, fun and fellowship, plus a guest speaker selected to provide an entertaining and informative program.
Members arrive between 11:30 and 12:15 for lunch and fellowship. The formal
meeting is called to order at 12:30. Typically a fifteen minute business
session will include necessary announcements and reports. Usually the guest
speaker is introduced at 12:45. Most meetings are adjourned promptly at 1:15.
All Optimist meetings conclude with the attendees reciting the Optimist Creed.