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Our Club

Mission Statement

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

Vision Statement

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

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.


Club Activities

Penmanship contest, scholarship awards, Halloween events are just a few of our activities. More about our activities can be found on this website.

John Jekot

Vice President
Dean Strzelecki

Jerry Szczepanski

Richard Mangold


Corey Achino
Tom Bondi
Jeff Cardella
Norb Johnson
John Katsoolias
Jack Skaja
Brad Tokarz
Mike Valle