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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• 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.


Serving as the 70th President for the 2016-2017 term, Richard Pennington moved to Redlands in 1997. All three of his daughters attended Redlands schools and graduated for Redlands East Valley High School. Richard and his wife Tammy are very involved with the community and enjoy helping out with youth activities. Richard joined the Optimist club in 2009, shortly after opening his business in Redlands. “After leaving a regional company then opening my own small business in Redlands, I really wanted to connect and give back to my community. The Optimist Club was a perfect fit for me and does a lot to serve the youth in our community through scholarships, track and swim meets, as well as the Optimist Games. I couldn’t imagine being a member anywhere else.”