What Does 210 Years of OI Membership Look Like?

DOC -- 50+ Years of Membership

The Downtown Optimist Club is honored to have 4 members with 50+ years of membership with our club in 2018.  Left to right in the picture they are: Larry Fick (50 years), Max Miller (51 years), Jim Beckett (53 years), and Red Leighton (56 years).  Club thanks them for their dedication, loyalty, and service to the youth in Columbia.




The Downtown Optimist Club, a non-profit civic club supporting youth in Columbia, was awarded 1st place among all clubs with 75 members or more at the East Missouri Optimist District meeting recently for the last year (Oct 1, 2016 – Sept 30, 2017).  Points were based on the club’s fundraising activities, educational contests, community service events, volunteer hours, and donations to various youth organizations in Columbia and Boone County.



Welcome to the Downtown Optimist Club website! We have been serving the youth of Columbia, Missouri for over 80 years.  We would love for you to learn more about our club, join us for a meeting, volunteer for one of our spectacular fundraisers or events, or find out how to receive donations for your children’s organization.

We thank you for visiting our page and please reach out if you have any questions or want to become more involved!  Our president can be reached at downtownoptimist80@gmail.com.


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