About Optimist Club of Arlington 

Since 1945, we have provided athletic, scholastic and community oriented activities for the children of Arlington, Texas. We give out over $10,000 in scholarships every year. We have many programs and work together with other community organizations to ‘Bring Out the Best in Kids’.

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Mission,Vision & Purpose

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs.

Optimist Creed


Optimists provide service in their communities while living by the tenets of the Optimist Creed.


Our motto is Friend of Youth. We have been making Arlington a better place to be a kid for over 70 years. Our club is one of the largest in Optimist International with over 450 members who volunteer their time and talents to work with the youth of our city. Become a member

Arlington Youth Endowment Fund

The AYEF was chartered in 1991 as a non-profit entity to manage funds designated for activities, programs and scholarships designed to aid the youth in our community develop the skills needed to be the best they can be.



President: Richard Jablon
Past President: Joe McLaughlin
President Elect: David Bayless

Optimist International Foundations

Helping Optimists Help Kids

Optimist International Foundation

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

Popular Programs

For information on the following programs, click the links below or visit the Programs tab in the main menu on the left for a list of all programs.

Youth Appreciation

Youth Appreciation Week

Each November the Optimist Club of Arlington joins other clubs around the world in celebrating the good youth in each of our communities.

Respect for Law

The Optimist Club of Arlington partners with the Arlington Police Department in many of their youth oriented programs.

Optimist Oratorical Contest

Every March all of the clubs in Optimist International sponsor Oratorical Contests in their areas.


Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership

In 1958, Hugh O’Brian (the actor most popularly known as Wyatt Earp) returned from Africa inspired by his visit with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.


Boy Scout Troop

For several years the Optimist Club of Arlington has sponsored local special needs troop #517.

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July 4th Parade Float

Arlington has one of the largest Independence Day parades in the country and our floats are perennial crowd favorites and award winners.