The members of The Optimist Club of Tampa, one of Tampa’s oldest civic-service clubs, include men and women with various business and professional backgrounds and associations.
Members meet for lunch, fellowship, and an informative or entertaining program each Wednesday at noon. Weekly meetings are currently held at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N. Ashley Drive (just south of Kennedy Boulevard), in downtown Tampa. Attendance at all luncheons is encouraged but is entirely voluntary.
Most Wednesday luncheon meetings include an invited guest speaker from the community. We make every effort to keep the weekly meetings to about an hour, allowing our guests to speak on a topic of interest for between twenty and forty minutes, and still allowing some time for casual discussions.
Our members contribute additional time and effort to the Club’s service projects and fund-raising activities in accordance with their availability and interests. On occasion we have social functions that include spouses and significent others and family members. From time to time, we offer opportunities to visit other Optimist clubs or to engage in other activities. District conferences and conventions, an international convention and zone meetings are held at different times throughout the year and our members have the opportunity to attend.
Service projects are largely oriented toward youth work. Continuing or annual service projects include or have included:
• Oratorical contest for boys and girls under age 16
• Outings for kids with cancer to Zoo and Aquarium events
• Tutoring students at an elementary school
• Sponsorship of Grade School Junior Civic Club: The Alpha Club
• “Respect for Law” week
• “Youth Appreciation Week”
• Assisting the Salvation Army Christmas Cheer program
• Christmas party for disadvantaged children.
• Christmas gifts for migrant family children.>
We understand the typical busy schedules of our members. As such, we try to limit our charitable activities to those that are not overly time-demanding. Participation is entirely voluntary.