The Ryves Community Optimist Club in Terre Haute, Indiana was chartered on June 14, 2011. Our mission is to help the youth of the Ryves neighborhood and support the Ryves Youth Center.

The Ryves Community Optimist Club meets at 6:30 P.M. on the second Tuesday of each month in the cafeteria of the Ryves Youth Center.  All are invited to drop in to see for yourself what we do.

Our purpose is singular in nature … it is to help the youth living in the Ryves Community of Terre Haute. 

 Many of the children living in the Ryves neighorhood are from single parent families. A very high percentage of them are living in homes below the poverty level. Some of these children are homeless!!!!

These children do not have the advantages of children from more affluent homes. The Ryves Community Optimist Club encourages children to participate in recreational activities to promote physical fitness One vehicle for this is the holding of TRI STAR sporting events. These events are sanctioned by OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL.  Trophies are awarded to winners and participation ribbons are given to all. 

OF course quality education is a primary concern. To this end the RCOC organizes an Essay Contest and an Oratorical Contest. The topics for these events are selected by OI and are the same topics used nationally and internationally by Optimist Clubs. For example past topics were-  Essay Contest is "HOW CAN I HELP MY FRIENDS REALIZE THEIR VALUE and " Oratorical Contest  " WHY MY VOICE IS IMPORTANT."

    Last year money was budgeted to provide a shopping spree for the first and second place winners of the Essay contest. We hope to be able to have funds to do the same for both the Oratorical and Essay contests this year.

    Many RCOC members have donated time for helping with reading and tutoring programs. The RCOC is committed to helping the needy children in the Ryves Community. Please consider joining us in our effort by donations of your precious time and/or your valuable resources. 

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FUND RAISER GROWING UP IN THE HOOD scheduled for Feb. 10, 2018
Please check out SPONSORSHIP

Check out the Ryvesoptimists 
Group on Facebook!!!

Please consider making a donation to the RCOC using Paypal with account using ryvesoptimists@att.net or mail a check to
     C/O Tom Klotz
   17718 S. Carol Ct.
    CLINTON, IN 47842
MEETINGS ALWAYS ON 2nd TUESDAY OF THE MONTH  held 6:30 PM - Ryves Youth Center
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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.