The winning essay from the Club contest should be submitted to the Essay Chair by February 28th.

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The 2nd Quarter District Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn - Gulfport Airport Group Name: Optimist Club, Code OIB
Room Price $99.00 plus tax
This includes breakfast for up to two people per room

Call 228-679-1700

Or click here to book on line
Group Name: Optimist Club, Code OIB

The ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI DISTRICT of Optimist International is an association of Optimist Clubs across the two states. Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. By providing hope and a positive vision, Optimist Club members bring out the best in kids.


Governor Pam Black

OI Emblem


You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis”

–   Henry Ford


Greetings Fellow Optimists!

Happy New Year and I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season. As we embark upon the New Year, I would like for each of you to remember the goals you set for your clubs and your zone as well as our District goals.

Thank you for all the work you continually do in your community to positively impact the lives of children. We have work to do to build some new clubs to serve more youth and make our District distinguished. I would like to encourage all clubs to strive for Distinguished. Also, I ask you to plan to come to the District Meeting in Gulfport, January 27-29, 2017 for fellowship, training, and to gain strength from your fellow Optimists. We can achieve our goals if we work together.

Your District Governor,


“Together We Can Grow and Serve Youth”


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the Optimist International Oratorical World Championships on the 2016-2017 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

Click here to review the approval letter and the instructons on how to use this information in any publicity materials.