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How my sponsor for tucker optimist club changed my life

I was living in Auburn, Alabama and coming to visit my Mother who was staying with my sister Mary Still, in Tucker, Georgia. Since I would come visit on weekends, Mary invited me to the Tucker Optimist Club meeting that was on Saturday mornings at the local Piccadilly.  I used to be involved with another civic organization and I was very interested in what the Optimist did for kids and their community.  Soon I became a member of the Tucker Optimist Club!  I would leave Auburn, Alabama on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. Central time so I could make it to the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time Tucker Optimist Club meeting. I did this for almost three years until I relocated to the Atlanta area.

Mary has helped me grow so much through Optimist.  Since January 31, 2012, I have served as District PGI Chair two times, currently I’m serving as President of the Tucker Optimist Club for the third time, President of Hope 4 Kids for the second time, District Optimist International Foundation Representative and District Social Media Chair.  In the 9 years I have also served as a Lt. Governor twice, President of the YaYa Xpress Optimist Club, was treasurer of the YaYa club and a NCB Field Representative since 2016. I have traveled to many Optimist International Conventions with Mary.

Thank you Mary Still for introducing me to the Optimist organization.

wOW!!! join us on April 6 and become a optimist

Become a member of Optimist International! Develop a more positive, fulfilling outlook on life! Membership provides you with exclusive access to an organization dedicated to helping you become a better person.

Presentation by Steve Dennis, John Maxwell Team Director

Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Show us your optimism! show us your happy!

Optimist Club of Tucker in conjunction with Optimist International invite YOU to SHOW US! Children ages 11 and younger are invited to enter our Visual Arts contest with a painting or drawing depicting what makes them happy. Youth ages 12-18 are invited to show us their optimism by choosing a line from the Optimist Creed and bringing it to life in a photograph. Applications can be downloaded at

2021 Essay contest

Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism

For a copy of the 2021 Essay Contest Handout:

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

This contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020  and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent. There is no minimum age. Essays must be typewritten and double-spaced and contain not less than 700 and no more than 800 words. Works of fiction or poetry are not eligible.

Required items with entry:

Optimist International Essay Contest Application for 2020-2021 -Must be signed by contestant and parent or guardian

Legible copy of birth certificate or passport

Typed copy of essay

Submit by February 22, 2021 to

Club winner advances to the Zone contest to compete.

Golden Anniversary for Tucker Optimist

Tucker Optimist celebrated their golden anniversary for 50 years on May 30th, 2020. In honor of this anniversary the club decided to give back to the Tucker community with holding a drive thru food drive for one of our local food banks, Networks Ministry, after a short parade through Tucker.  We collected over 850 pounds of food and $700 donation for Network Ministries! Tucker Optimists could not be prouder for our socially distanced volunteers in masks and staying 6 feet away to gather donations from our friends and family of the Optimists’ members.

Submitted by: Jenniffer Stetler

Socially responsible parade to commemorate 50 years of Optimist in Tucker.
Jenniffer and family are preparing to drop off donations for the food drive.
Vicki Warren with our baskets to collect toiletry supplies and food items.

Optimist members preparing for the big haul of donation for Network Ministries.