Welcome to the Colorado/Wyoming Optimist District!

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of over 2100 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 40 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.

Our district also supports 17 Junior Optimist International (JOI) Clubs in elementary, middle and high schools whose members are working hard to bring out the best in their schools, communities and themselves.

Our Signature Projects

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 

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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 and is our district’s largest Optimist sponsored program with more than 1000 students participating 


Club Generated Activities
Additionally, each club has the opportunity to create and support activities in their local area. 
Governor Nicole Powell

Tony Carpenter 

2022-23  District Governor 

Three years ago I was humbled to be elected as your District Governor for 2019-2020, a year that became challenged with the beginning of a world-wide pandemic. The theme for that year was Vision 2020. For much of the ensuing time, the Optimists and indeed much of the world have been working through how to adjust to the challenges we have been presented with.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, those that we serve are in desperate need of what Optimists have to offer…so it’s time for a re-boot. The goal for this year is to revitalize and grow our clubs, our communities and ourselves! With a sense of excitement and new energy, the theme for this year is “Vision 2.0…The Re-boot”


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.