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  Wakulla County
Coastal Optimist Club
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The Coastal Optimist Club is comprised of men and women throughout Wakulla County who have a desire to give something back to the county they reside in.  We meet every Thursday at Posey's Up the Creek at 12:00 noon.  The Coastal Optimist Club has an open membership policy, meaning that anyone can join the club at any time. 

Purpose of the Coastal Optimist Club 

The purpose of the Coastal Optimist Club is 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; to inspire respect for law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth in the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

Optimists...Bringing Out the Best in Kids!

Our positive approach, our upbeat outlook, and our commitment to creating a more optimistic future for kids is what differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity.

Communities in the United States, Canada, the nations of the Caribbean and other countries throughout the world have been touched by the powerful, positive force of Optimist Club Members.

From sponsoring youth athletic leagues to weatherizing the homes of the elderly to conducting oratorical contests for young people - Optimist Clubs are responding to the special needs of our local communities.

Although we come from all walks of life, Optimist Club Members share one common trait.  We know that we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Optimist Club Members Receive as Much as They Give

- The fellowship of people who get things done - and the example they set for embracing a similar optimistic mindset

- New social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities

- The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally

- And the satisfaction of making a difference in lives of children as well as our communities

Whether you are searching for an outlet to help your community, personal development, or rewarding comaraderie, you'll find what you're looking for in your local Optimist Club.   Joiners become more tolerant and empathetic to the needs of their community.

What Should I Expect?

Every Optimist Club was formed by people who wanted to reach out to help youth and the community.  People like you and me.  Members of an Optimist Club usually live or work in the community.  Members have joined together to serve others and to promote Optimism as a way of life.

Each Optimist Club is chartered as a Member of Optimist International.  This gives the Club the right to use the Optimist name and provides each Club with services and programs offered by Optimist International.

Each Optimist Club operates autonomously.  This means they operate independently of each other.  They choose their own activities, elect their own Officers and raise their own funds.  A Club's service activities are based on the needs of the community.  What a Club can do is limited only by imagination and resources of the Members.

Optimist Clubs do share certain similarities.  This offers you, the Members, the assurance of knowing wherever you are, should you wish to attend an Optimist Club's meeting, certain components will be the same.

The programs and guest speakers offer the Members an opportunity to learn, grow and improve themselves.  The program features the youth in the community, as in the Essay and Oratorical Contest or in the Youth Appreciation Week.  These meetings help to reinforce our commitment and allow us to take pride in our accomplishments.

Coastal Optimist Club Activities

The Coastal Optimist Club sponsors several different activities and fundraisers each year, including the following:

- We sponsor scholarships for high school seniors each year

The 2005 Optimist STAR Scholarship went to Wakulla High School senior Tiffany Maxwell.  The 2005 Optimist Club Scholarship went to Wakulla High School senior Danielle Pigott.

- We hold a school supply drive to gather needed school supplies for Wakulla County Schools in August. 

- Each year we sponsor a raffle for a Bahamas Cruise prior to the annual Panacea Blue Crab Festival.  The drawing is held at the festival.

- We are the parade sponsors for the annual Panacea Blue Crab Festival

- We give money all throughout the year to the youth of Wakulla County

Current Coastal Optimist Club Officers


President:    June Vause
Vice President:
  Patsy Byrd
  Larry Massa
  Kristine Darnell

Coastal Optimist Club dues are $70 per year.


President's Message by June Vause

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"The goal of the Coastal Optimist Club is to help the kids of Wakulla County through outreach activities and fundraising.  It is a great opportunity to give something back to this wonderful county we live in.  I would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Coastal Optimist Club to join us at our weekly luncheon meeting.  We meet every Thursday at Posey's Steam Room at 12:00 noon.  You can also call me at 926-7111 for more information."



The Optimist Creed

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. 

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