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By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. The Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club conducts positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. Our Club Members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes and volunteer efforts for children in our community.
We welcome you to attend our monthly meetings. Our meetings are held on third Thursday of each month at Perkins Restaurant on University Avenue in Urbana from 6:00pm-7:00pm unless otherwise posted. You are free to drop by one of our meetings if you have an interest...we accept members all year. If you have any questions, please contact us at cuoptimistclub@gmail.com. Please click here to download our brochure. Share with others!
Click below for information on our poster contest.

Click below for information on scholarships

Local Optimist Honored:

2019 Keep Cheerful Award: Howard Schweighart

Congratulations to C-U Optimist Club Member Howard Schweighart on being named the recipient of the 2019 Walter E. Splittstoesser "Keep Cheerful" Award Recipient. Howard has been an invaluable member of the CU Optimist Club and was nominated for his length of service, his enthusiastic support of the club and his love for youth. Howard was previously honored as C-U Optimist Club Member of the Year in 2018 and received the President's Citation Award and the Perfect Attendance Award. He has been a member of the local club for over 50 years!

Congratulations 2019 C-U Optimist Club Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the C-U Optimist Club's 2019 Essay Contest Scholarship Winners:

  • Doriane Tshabu Mulunda from Urbana High School;
  • Grace Prom from Champaign Central High School and
  • Sophia Behrensmeyer from St. Thomas More High School.

Selection is based on candidates' service to the community, spirit of Optimism, Volunteer work, and career choice. Each winner will receive $1,000 and each, have their names placed on an Optimist Scholar plaque in their High Schools and will be honored at a dinner on  June 6th at the Olive Garden from 6-8pm. Congratulations!


Upcoming Events

Thursday, Nov 19 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Dec 17 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Jan 21 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Former C-U Optimist Club Member, Tim Nugent, known as "Father of Accessibility" His legacy will live on...

Read more about Tim at the here.