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.

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.


Tolanda Beal

Tolanda Beal


The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

–   Alexander Graham Bell


I’ve had an exciting journey as Governor of the Alabama Mississippi District. Learning more of the ins and outs of Optimist International has made me appreciate the true meaning of “Bringing Out the BEST in Kids, Ourselves and Our Community”. We are an organization focused on making our world better by beginning with our youth.
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HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth) has established a memorial scholarship fund in memory of Lytle Allen.

A letter describing the program is here
A form for contributing to the fund is here.