Bringing Optimism Since 1938

We are Calgary Optimists!

Bringing Out The Best in Calgary’s Youth, Community and Ourselves.

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Optimist Essay Contest

  • Scholarship Opportunities
The Optimist Club of Calgary is again sponsoring the Optimist International Essay Scholarship Contest for the 2022-23 school year.  The contest is open to students who are under 19 years [...]
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January member meeting

  • Member meetings
Our regularly scheduled meetings give members a great opportunity to socialize with each other and engage with fantastic guest speakers on current topics. Members can attend in person (with dinner [...]
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Youth programs

We actively fundraise to help develop and provide programs in 4 main areas:

Education

Skills development, scholarships, the fine arts, public speaking and essay writing.

Pro-D

Professional development programs - Optimist Institute and Personal growth & involvement

Sports

Junior curling, junior golf tournaments and Canadian ADaptive Snowsports (CADS).

Community

Local programs and events related to skills development, picnics and family days.
The Creed We Live By...
Promise Yourself...

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

About us

The Optimist Club of Calgary was chartered with Optimist International in 1938. For over 80 years we have sponsored deserving youth in the Calgary area.

We assist a variety of youth programs from music and fine arts to athletics, business, community and educational programs while also providing bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Ways to participate

Join the club and discover what Optimism can do and how you can give back, have fun, build lifelong friendships, and fulfill a purpose.
Don't have time to join the club but still want to support us?
Only want to make a donation? We are a registered non-profit and are grateful for your contribution. While the club cannot give tax receipts, donations $25 and over to the CCOF do get CRA tax receipts.

Need financial support?

We actively raise and award funds to support local youth-based programs and initiatives. If your group or organization needs financial support you can apply for our optimist charitable donation grant.
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Optimist International is recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all youth and helps them develop to their full potential.

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