Roseburg Optimist Club

“Bringing Out The Best In Kids”

The Roseburg Optimist Club, chartered in June, 1974, has been “Bringing Out The Best In Kids” in the Roseburg and Douglas County community for over 37 years.  As part of Optimist International, the fourth largest service organization in the world, we are committed to being a “Friend of Youth” not only in our own community but also around the world.

The Roseburg Optimist Club has for many years supported local charities and other organizations which are centered on children.  We have helped children in our community from receiving a new set of clothes for maybe the first time in their lives with The Salvation Army Dress a Child, to talking with Santa and Mrs. Claus and honoring our local law enforcement officers at the annual Respect for Law Banquet.  We sponsor a Family Safety Day each year which helps keep our kids safe.  

We’re not just about community service though.   We also like to have fun.  Our meetings each Friday at lunch can become raucous and irreverent.  We enjoy  our Installation Banquet each fall; our Christmas parties; and our times when we just get together to be with friends.

We invite any interested member of the community to come and join us.  We meet each Friday at 12:00 Noon at Elmer's on Mulholland Ave., with the exception of the the third Friday of the month when we have our business meeting at Karen's Coffee Cup on Diamond Lake Blvd. in Roseburg, OR.  For further information contact President Pete Sudduth at 541-430-3569 or Membership Chair Kelley Janzen at 541-643-6182.


 By providing hope and a positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids!

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

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in

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.