Why Join?

The Optimist Club has brought me not only joy and laughter, but also has also taught me something new every week. More importantly, the Optimist Club gives all our members, so many ways to help kids in our area. We are millennials, boomers and everything in between, and I am proud to be a part of all that Optimists give to our community.

Don Lindsey

I am a member because I fell in love with the creed. I love what we do for the youth in our community and others all over the US, Caribbean, and Canada. I also love the leadership the club provides to the members. I have participated in every level of the organization's structure. I love being an Optimist.

Essie Johnson
Member since 1990

"The Optimist Club of Knoxville has been a great inspiration to me personally. I love that our mission empowers us to change our world by loving on children and others in our community. See the smiles on the kids' faces makes it worth the time. Plus the members of the club are as fun and unique as snowflakes."

Darrin Rhines
Member since 2015