About Us

The Optimist Club of Deerfield is one of over 2,900 clubs worldwide dedicated to “bringing out the best in kids”.  Optimist International is recognized as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.   The Optimist motto is “Friend of Youth”, and we have been serving the Deerfield community since 1972.

Our hope is to support our local youth and encourage them to discover the joy in helping others.  As Optimists, we try to do so with an upbeat attitude and a pride in serving our community that sets a positive example for our kids.

We would love to have you join us!  If you’re interested in joining, or just interested in getting more information, you can click on the “Join us” tab at the top of the page, or you can just click here.


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

Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

Board Members

President Michele Edelmuth
Past President Barb Reich
Vice President Ron Schwartz
Secretary-Treasurer Judy Geuder




Alyson Feiger
Jim Golding
Howard Kirshenbaum
Kaye Kharasch
Marilyn Knilans
Bob Rosenbacher

Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself…

  1. To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  2. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  3. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  4. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  5. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  6. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  7. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  8. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  9. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  10. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

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Be a part of the Optimist Club of Deerfield!

Christmas Tree Party
Christmas Tree Sales
Donations Review
Essay Contest
Fundraising Development
Installation Banquet
NOW Dinner
Scrip Program
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