Each year Meridian Optimists Club, in the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of society, does various community service projects that aim to help youth in Idaho. Since 1919, Optimists International has been "Bringing out the Best in Kids."

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Bringing Out The Best In Kids
The Meridian Optimist Club was charted in 1976 as part of Optimist International. The goal of the Optimist Club is to promote respect for the law, patriotism, friendship, and the development of youth.

The Optimist's Creed
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.