Optimist International has more than 2,600 clubs around the world, and each one is dedicated to bringing out the best in kids. Optimist conducts several positive service projects each year, such as the Luck O' the Irish Casino Night, that strive to serve the local community, community organizations and families in need.

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Annual Luck O' the Irish Casino Night
The Meridian Optimist Club and Meridian Firefighters Association are proudly sponsoring the 8th annual Luck O' the Irish Casino Night again this spring. This fun fundraising event will take place on Saturday, March 12th at Julius M. Kleiner Park. There will be great prizes and exciting casino-style fun. As usual, net proceeds of the event will go to support a local family in need, as well as the Meridian Food Bank, the Meridian Firefighters Burnout Fund and other Optimist Club community projects.

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.