Although our club is fairly new and still small (less than 20 members), we have great ideas we plan to implement to help the youth on the East side of Charlotte. We feel they deserve activities and educational events to help keep them engaged and out of trouble.

Carolina Cardinals is able to give small monetary prizes (scholarships) for our local essay and oratorical contests. These events are held annually with the local club winners competing to move to the District competition to be eligible to win $2,500.00 in scholarship money. If the person wins the District competition, they then go to the World Oratorical Competition in St. Louis, MO to win up to $15,000 more.

The Club held its third Back to School program this year, giving out free shoes, socks, t-shirts, dental hygiene packets and backpacks with school supplies. Over 800 people passed through the doors. We gave away over 300 pairs of shoes. See slideshows in our photo gallery.

Our next sports endeavor will be a track team.

Education is very important to us also. We partnered with Briarwood Academy for the past 3 years to help with their after-school tutoring program. You can see some of the things we did along with them at their website. as well as in our photo gallery.

This year we will be partnering with Cochrane Collegiate Academy and Devonshire Elementary School.

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Our Misson

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimist bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves. 

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The Lives We Impact

Optimist Clubs participate in community service programs that are dedicated to bringing out the best in kids.  Each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community.

What Optimists Do

Within Optimist International we have clubs grouped into Districts. The person over the District is  known as the Governor. We are honored to have the new Governor for the North Carolina West District from our club. It is none other than Mrs. Betty Parker. She will be installed the first week of September at the convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and assume her duties as of October 1st.