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YOUTH APPRECIATION DAY

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BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN KIDS

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CIVICS DAY

Who We Are

The Redlands Optimist Club is a local service organization dedicated to helping the youth of Redlands and surrounding communities.

It is part of Optimist International, which is made up of more than 2600 service clubs in the United States and several other nations. The Redlands club, comprised of community business professionals, retirees, and area service workers has benefitted the community in a variety of ways since its founding in 1947. The Optimist Motto is Friend of Youth, and club members benefit the young men and women of our community through service in a variety of ways. We all try to live by the tenets of the Optimist Creed, a statement of principles by which Optimists try to live their lives. If these represent the values that you hold, please join us in making our community better.

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OPTIMIST CREED

PROMISE YOURSELF...

• 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.

MEET THE PRESIDENT

Serving as our 68th President for the 2014-2015 term, John G. ”Greg” Dieterich moved to Redlands in 1967. All three of his children were born at Redlands Community Hospital and attended Redlands East Valley High School. Carrying on a long family tradition of philanthropy, Greg joined the Redlands Optimist Club in 2010, following his son Evan who joined in 2008. “I wanted to join a local community service club and found that the Redlands Optimist Club provided me with the best opportunity to bring out the best in kids”.