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.

Our district also has 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: The contests are conducted at the Club level, Zone levels and 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. 
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
 1st Quarter Conference  
The 1st Quarter CO/WY Optimist District Conference will be held at the Denver Bookbinding Company on October 23rd. Additional information can be found here as the details are finalized. For planning purposes please place this on your calendar with approximate times being from 7:30am – 3:50pm. 
US Olympic and Paralympic
Museum Tour
Let’s get together for some fellowship and fun!
Sunday, November 7, 2021  (Arrive 12:45)
200 S. Sierra Madre St.
Colorado Springs
$19 per person
Stay for an early dinner!
This is the first of 3 fellowship outings this year.
For more information contact Kathy Sullivan
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 Tournament – January 29
Heritage High School, Littleton
South Tournament – TBD
As school, team and volunteer activities return to normal, the Brain Bowl planning committee needs to know how many people are planning to participate. Nancy DeNiro will be reaching out soon to find out who is in so please respond when you get the message! Remember, Brain Bowl is our district’s largest event and it can’t happen with out Optimist volunteers!