The Downtowners Optimist Club of Regina
"Bringing out the Best in Kids"

A HISTORY OF THE OPTIMIST CREED

The Optimist Creed, or "Promise Yourself" as it was originally known, was written in 1912 by Christian D. Larson, a writer, lecturer and publisher from Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles area Optimists found the literary jewel in several publications and began printing it in the club yearbooks. With so many California Optimists familiar with it, it was inevitable that it find its way to the Optimist Magazine where it appeared for the first time in December 1921.

At the International Convention in Kansas City in 1922, the delegates adopted it as The Optimist Creed.