Optimist International is an association of more than 2,600 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.
The Mount Forest Optimist Club was chartered on October 26th, 1994 and is part of the Midwertern Ontario District of Optimist International, District 46. Clubs in this district are located in Midwestern Ontario and the boundaries are roughly Guelph to the east, London to the west, Lake Erie to the South and the Bruce pennisula to the North.
Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people. The Optimist motto is Promise Yourself: