The Southwest Kitchener optimist club has been servicing this community for over 35 years. Our club's mandate is to aid and encourage the development of youth in our community. We fund raise to run programs and help support local youth programs and requests for funding from charitable groups related to children and youth. 

The Southwest Kitchener Optimist Clubhouse is located at 120 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener. The Optimist club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. One meeting is a business meeting and the second meeting is usually a dinner including a guest speaker. The club always welcomes new members. If interested in becoming a member, please contact Cheryl at  519-893-4094 or email 

President's Note 

Betty Deckert

“The Southwest Kitchener Optimist lives on…because of you. Bringing out the best in Kids since 1978, our members generous support and participation have helped many children fulfill a dream they otherwise wouldn’t have.”

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 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 other 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 presence of trouble.

Many have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed. In hospitals, the creed has been used to help patients recover from illness. In locker rooms, coaches have used it to motivate their players. 

Optimist International adopted this creed in 1922. It was originally published in 1912 in a book titled: "Your Forces and How to Use Them." The author was Christian D. Larson, a prolific writer and lecturer who believed that people have tremendous latent powers, which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude. 

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