“Promise Yourself” was a poem originally published by Christian D. Larson in 1912. Optimist International adopted the poem as the Optimist Creed in 1922. Optimists strive to develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed 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.

Frequent Questions
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What Is The DTOC?

The Downtown Optimist Club of Meridian, Mississippi (DTOC) was founded in 1941 as a local chapter of Optimist International.

Over the years, the DTOC has assisted many Meridian youth programs ranging from Little League baseball, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Crestwood T-Ball and Junior Golf.

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What Is An Optimist?

Optimist Club members are business leaders in the local community who always on the look-out for new ways to assist youth their dreams.

DTOC is part of Optimist International, an association of more than 3,000 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out The Best In Kids.”

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How Can I Get Involved?

To become a member, just visit one of our meetings and express your interest in joining.

Better yet, download our member application, fill it out and bring it with you to a meeting. We are always looking for people who want to give back to their community and enjoy socializing with like-minded individuals.

Recent DTOC Activities
DTOC Bill Herndon MCC Scholarship Award 2015

DTOC Bill Herndon MCC Scholarship Award 2015

Meridian Community College Foundation and The Downtown Optimist Club of Meridian are proud to announce…

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DTOC Donates To Leadership Lauderdale Youth – 2015

DTOC Donates To Leadership Lauderdale Youth - 2015

The Leadership Lauderdale Youth program's mission is to develop youth leadership in Lauderdale County by…

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DTOC Supports FCA With Donation – 2015

DTOC Supports FCA With Donation - 2015

Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Director of Mississippi District 5, Brandon Dewease was on hand today…

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DTOC Donates To MLT CenterStage Youth Program – 2015

DTOC Donates To MLT CenterStage Youth Program - 2015

On July 28th, 2015,The Downtown Optimist Club of Meridian renewed it's support for the Meridian…

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