Optimist Club of Central Fairfax

The Optimist Club of Central Fairfax was chartered in June 1986 to meet some of the needs of our area elementary and secondary schools, and to serve the children of our community.

The Club has a dinner meeting and program on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Elks Lodge #2188, 8421 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, Virginia.

Club programs support the community and schools. With your help, we could support every elementary and high school in our area. Money needed to support these programs and service projects is raised through fund raising activities. How much time do we expect a member to give to the Club? That is up to each member–whatever they feel they can give based on their job, family, or other civic activities.

Our service projects usually required only 1 – 2 hours. We know people are busy and only ask you to give what time you may have available.

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. In 38 countries, our members provide programs and serve the community in which they live.
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.


Promise yourself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone 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.

Programs include:

  • Achievement in Education Award
  • Awards for recognition of students
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign
  • Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  •  Essay Contest
  •  Internet Safety
  •  Needy Families
  •  Oratorical Contest
  •  Respect for Law
  •  Youth Appreciation Week
  •  Youth Clubs
  •  Youth Leadership Development

It takes just a little Time and Effort to help, encourage, and recognize the greatest assets we have for the future, OUR CHILDREN.

If you think you may be interested in joining other civic minded men and women in service to the community, particularly our youth, and at the same time enjoy camaraderie and fellowship of people who believe in an OPTIMISTIC WAY OF LIFE, please contact us at https://fairfaxoptimist.org.

Optimist Club of Central Fairfax’s
Volunteer of the Year 2022/2023:
Michele Hanson