Welcome to the Colorado/Wyoming Optimist District!

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of over 2500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, their communities and themselves. 

The Colorado-Wyoming Optimist District represents 41 Optimist Clubs in Colorado and Wyoming. These clubs work together as a district and independently to serve kids in their local area. The CO-WY District is involved in all of the Optimist International scholarship and charitable programs plus a whole lot more.

A  few words from our 2021-22 Colorado-Wyoming Optimist District Governor, Nicole Powell:

“Our world is completely different from the one in which we lived just two years ago. We are currently facing unfathomable challenges within our communities every day. The Colorado-Wyoming Optimist District is ready to meet these challenges head-on! Our members are committed to arming ourselves with the hope and passion that inspired us to become Optimists in the first place. Our mission has become even more timely and meaningful: we will Fight the Good Fight to bring out the best in our kids, our communities and ourselves!” 

Our district also supports 19 Junior Optimist International (JOI) Clubs in elementary, middle and high schools whose members are working hard to bring out the best in their schools and communities.

Our Signature Projects

Optimist International
Scholarship Contests
Optimist International sponsors four scholarship contests for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education: These contests are conducted at the Club level, Zone level, District level and International level with recognition and prizes at each level.

  Essay Contest

  Oratorical Contest 

  Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

  Junior Golf 
 Childhood Health and Wellness
Optimist International Foundation raises money and provides grants for Club and District initiated projects that improve the quality of life of children. These projects span a broad spectrum of needs including healthy lifestyle, chronic diseases, mental health and physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 Optimist Brain Bowl
 The Optimist Brain Bowl is a team quiz competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Each year more than 1200 Colorado and Wyoming students participate. The teams compete by grade level at 3 regional competitions with the top 8 teams in each level moving to the Championship Tournament to determine the District Winners. 
Club Generated Activities
Each club has the opportunity to create and support activities in their local area. These can include but are not limited to Youth Appreciation, BUG/BEE Awards, Respect for Law and Tri-Star Sports. Clubs also can choose to support organizations that are close to hearts of the individual members such as Shiloh House, Fire Fly Autism, Type 1 Diabetes, Colorado Feeding Kids and many more! 
Governor Nicole Powell

Nicole Powell 

2021-22  District Governor 


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

 The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself:

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

 Coming Up Next
Monaco South Christmas Tree Lot
Monaco South Optimist Club Christmas Tree Lot will open on November 26 and run daily until the trees are sold out. The lot is in it’s 41st year and is the club’s major fundraiser. The proceeds help fund over 35 club projects and additionally, $1 of each tree’s sale goes to the Childhood Health & Wellness program through the Optimist International Foundation.   
The lot is located in the NW corner at Iliff and Monaco (2295 S. Monaco St) in Denver. 
Lot Hours:  10am – 8pm Monday-Friday
                     9am – 9pm Saturday-Sunday
For more information visit www.monacosouth.org.
Optimist Brain Bowl  
The 2021 Optimist Brain Bowl was held virtually with the essential help of 67 Optimist volunteers. It was a unique experience that was easier than most volunteers were expecting! 
The Optimist Brain Bowl is planning to be back in the schools for in-person contests this year!
North Tournament – January 22
Standley Lake High School, Westminster
Central/South Tournament – January 29
Heritage High School, Littleton
Championship Tournament – March 12
Hamilton Middle School, Denver
Please visit the Optimist Brain Bowl website at www.optimistbrainbowl.org for information on how to start a Brain Bowl Program in schools, Reader and Volunteer Trainings, the tournament day planning schedule and more!