What Optimist Clubs Do

What Optimist Clubs Do

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.
Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Safety, the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization’s scholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). In addition, Optimist International encourages involvement in several other community activities:

Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence
Youth Appreciation
Youth Safety
Optimists conduct 65,000 community service projects each year, spending $78 million in their communities. Annually, six million kids are positively affected by Optimist programs.

Some of the ways the Tucker Optimist Club helps the kids in Tucker:

Holiday food baskets

Oratorical Contests and Essay Contests

Tucker Day Parade

“Smart Lunch — Smart Kids”  and “Lunch Buddies”

Our big fundraiser is a barbecue we have twice a year!

Come join us the 1st and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM at Matthew Cafeteria.   Let’s do more for the kids of Tucker! Bring your ideas and join us for great food, great fellowship, great cause, great fun with a great club!

Kathy Forster

Famous Optimist Barbecue Happens May 19!

Tucker Optimist Club offers the Best Barbecue in Tucker!

The Tucker Optimist Club offers our spring barbecue fundraiser on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The profits for the barbecue sale go to local youth-oriented projects. The chopped pork plates and half-a-chicken plates will be available at the barbecue pit across from the post office. Plates will sell for $10, but you may pre-order a whole butt for $40.  The event will run from 11:00 AM until 3 PM, unless we sell out early.

Click to order tickets for BBQ

Click to order a whole cooked roast for pickup

The club members are well-organized in all aspects of planning, cooking and serving barbecue dinners. The day of the barbecue starts at 3 am when the Matthews cafeteria owner delivers the meat to the BBQ pits for cooking. Several members are there to start the coals to begin cooking the pork Boston butts.  They keep an eye on the sizzling pork and start getting ready to barbecue chicken.

As morning comes.
As morning comes.

As the sun begins to rise the other members show up to help with preparation of the baked beans, cole slaw, and the chicken. When serving time begins, the assembly line starts up, and soon-to-be-satisfied customers pick up lunch or dinner.


Tucker Announces 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest

essay The Tucker Optimist Club is encouraging arestudents to contemplate the phrasCan Society Function Without Respect?” as part of the Optimist International EssaContest fo2018.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “Can Society Function Without Respect?” and determine the top winners. Local winners will receive cash awards and the club winning essays will be sent to the district level where $2,500.00 college scholarships are available for top winners.

Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Christy Buss said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encouragthem and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

The Tucker Optimist Club has been participating in the Optimist EssaContest for over 30 years and habeen active in the communitsince 1970

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Christy Buss at 470-299-4916.   Deadline for submission is January 15, 2018.  Students must complete the application form and present proof of age.  To download the rules and application, click here.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 2,900 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

International Day of Peace 21 September

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes and those leaving in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.

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Week Of Service – Last week of March

The International Week of Service is a chance for service organizations around the globe to partner with one another to make a big difference in their communities.


Participating is easy! Invite another local service organization to help with your previously scheduled service project during the last week of March, or start working with an organization and plan an event together. Make sure to share all your photos and stories with us below and on social media by using the hashtag: #WeekofService2017 

Smart Lunch/Smart Kids

Members of the Tucker Optimist Club volunteered this summer to help prepare lunches for area children who participate in the school lunch program. Each time we helped make sack lunches for 200 to 250 children.  One of the times we helped was in conjunction with the Tucker Civic Association (TCA), the other two times with a neighborhood group. The picture is from the TCA event.

Rivers Alive Clean Up October 4, 2014

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Our club worked with the Tucker Civic Association to clean up the South Fork Peachtree Creek.  It was a cool, brisk day for the volunteers who came to clean up the area.  The volunteers were divided into two groups to cover the area.  Over 65 tires were collected, a couch, shopping carts, golf club 5 iron, a recliner, a lobster trap (are there lobsters in South Fork Peachtree Creek???) and lots of trash!