As Optimists, we work to make a difference in the lives of children and in our community. I love to see the smiles on the faces of the kids when they participate in one of our events, when we read to them in their classrooms, or when we recognize them as the “Student of the Month” in their schools. The things we do, no matter how large or how small, truly make a difference!

I really look forward to the time when we can get back to doing those face-to-face activities and events with the children. Until then, our club will continue to look for ways to serve the children, because their needs don’t disappear just because we can’t see them.

Every day I Choose Optimism. I hope you’ll do the same!

Sandi Schmidt

President 2020-21

Mission & Purposes

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed. And to aid and encourage the development of youth of Bettendorf, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of our community and the world.


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