The Optimist Club of Calgary currently supports a variety of educational programming opportunities for our youth and our members. This includes organizations we support financially as well as programming we offer, several of which are mentioned below. We are currently working on new educational opportunities and will have them available in the near future. Please check back soon for more updates!
Our club members appreciate the opportunity to listen and have conversations with a variety of experts and compelling Albertans on a wide variety of topics including education, the arts, entertainment, politics, diversity, and social justice issues. At each of our monthly club meetings, our members have the opportunity to hear from incredible guest speakers.
Visit our past events area of this website to learn about the most recent guest speakers we have been fortunate to have.
Junior Optimist (JOI) Clubs give young people the opportunity to serve their communities. Students who are involved in Junior Optimist Clubs learn about and practice good citizenship, teamwork, communication and money management. They feel good about themselves and have high self-esteem. Membership in Junior Optimist Clubs helps to develop friendships with others who share the same interests. There are opportunities for personal growth and leadership positions at Club, District, and international levels. Junior Optimist exposes members to Optimism as a philosophy of life, provides Members with an improved sense of kindness, increased awareness for those in need, and a better sense of coping with cultural diversity. It also provides members the opportunity to complete community service hours required for graduation.
The Optimist Club of Calgary is interested in starting a JOI club for junior high and/or high school students in the City of Calgary and area. For more information or to get involved, please email us.
This is an annual late fall concert at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium that gives local youth musicians and dancers the opportunity to perform the programs they have been working on to a live audience on a professional stage. The event is presented by the Optimist Club of Calgary and the Calgary Stetson Show Band and is an important fundraiser for both organizations. Hosted by the Heebee-jeebees, the performing groups include the Calgary Stampede Showband, The Young Canadians, Stetson Show Band, the Calgary Round-Up Band and a guest performing group each year.
Optimist International is recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all youth and helps them develop to their full potential.