“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 Making Christmas A Little Brighter For Meridian Youth

DTOC Making Christmas A Little Brighter For Meridian Youth

On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, The Downtown Optimist Club had a busy day helping local…

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Carter Foundation Receives Donation From DTOC – 2015

Carter Foundation Receives Donation From DTOC - 2015

James Carter, Founder of The Carter Foundation in Meridian, MS recently visited the Downtown Optimist…

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Brian Koroknay Presented With 2014-2015 President’s Plaque

Brian Koroknay Presented With 2014-2015 President's Plaque

Immediate Past President Brian Koroknay was presented with a President's plaque in appreciation of his…

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Lindsey Hall Recognized For 15 Years Service To DTOC

Lindsey Hall Recognized for 15 Years Service To DTOC

Lindsey Hall was recognized today for 15 years of continuous membership and service to the…

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DTOC Honors Two Members With Life Memberships

DTOC Honors Two Members With Life Memberships

DTOC Members Mark Scarborough and Butch Wright were both honored today for their long time…

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