The Bazetta Cortland Optimist Club was formed by people who wanted

to reach out to help youth and the community.  People like you and me.

Optimist Club Members live or work in the community.  Our members have 

joined together to serve others and promote Optimisim as a way of life.

Optimist Club Members receive as much as they give:

*   Social and working relationships with a diversity of people from the community.

*   An opportunity to develop and demostrate leadership skills both locally and


*   A satisfaction of truly making a difference in people lives as well as our local


*   You will find a rewarding time and fellow camaraderie in becoming a member of 

     the Bazetta Cortland Optimist Club.


Purpose of an Optimist Club 

To meet the needs of young people in communities worldwide. Since 1919

Clubs have conducted positive service projects aimed at providing a helping

hand to youth.

Club members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes,

by believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can be.

Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live.

There are 75,000 individual members who belong to 2,600 autonomous clubs.

Optimist conduct 65,000 service projects.

Each mission provides hope and a positive vision that brings out the best in kids.


Optimist International is recognized worldwide as a premier volunteer orginization 

that values all children and helps them develop to their ful potential.


Optimist Club Sponsored Activities

The following are a few examples of our projects:

**   Community Halloween Party for local school children

**   American Legion Boys & Girls State

**   Fall Craft Show

**   300 Club Fund Raiser

**   Lakeview High School Band Boosters

**   Fishing Derby

**   Valley Extreme Baseball

**   Cortland Food Bank

**   Community Free Skating Paryy For Kids

**   Summer Youth Enrichment Program

**   Boy Scout Troup 54

**   American Cancer Society

**   Bazetta Township Park

**   Relay For Life

**  Bingo

**   Lakeview High School Choir

**   Lakeview Athletic Boosters

**   Lakeview Summer Track

**   Ursuline Strike Out Cancer  Tournament