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Optimist Creed by Optimist Members

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Published on Sep 14, 2011

Optimists are united by the power of the Creed. It gives strength to our organization and inspires the hope that we can accomplish our mission to bring out the best in the kids in our community.

In 1922, the Optimist Creed was adopted as the official creed of the organization. Written by Christian Larson, the creed was originally published under the title "Promise Yourself" in 1912. Optimists in California found the Optimist spirit well-expressed in the 10-line statement and pushed to have it adopted organization-wide. The wife of Los Angeles Optimist James V. Westervelt saw the item in a newspaper and clipped it for her husband. After publishing it in his club's bulletin, Westervelt and other Los Angeles Optimists encouraged other California clubs to use the creed. Soon after, the creed's popularity grew.

Learn more about Optimist International Members and how you can get involved at www.Optimist.org.

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