Friends Of Youth

The Downtown Optimist Club of Meridian, Mississippi was founded in 1941 as a local chapter of Optimist International. Members of the DTOC are local business leaders who have dedicated themselves to improving their community by providing a helping hand to the youth of our community.

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.

Who We Are:

Downtown Optimist Club members are active members of the local community and we are always on the look-out for new ways we can assist youth achieve whatever they can dream.

We are part of Optimist International, an association of more than 3,000 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out The Best In Kids."

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.