There are several ways that an individual can become involved with our Optimist organization, either as a member or a non-member.  

Anyone can become involved by supporting a fund raiser, volunteering, donating, be a guest at a meeting, becoming an Optimist Club member, and/or become a Friends of Optimist participant..

All our members share one common trait – We know that we can make a difference in the lives of others, and in our community.  

Learn more on how you can “Support Optimism”!

Howard-Suamico Optimist Club

  • Consists of members who have an interest in our community, with a focus on promoting the development, education, and skill levels of youth living in the Villages of Howard and Suamico. 
  • Provides financial support to youth organizations and individuals
  • Provides opportunities for youth volunteer work
  • Sponsors fund raisers to support our purpose
  • The Howard-Suamico Optimist Club was founded in 1973
  • Is a 503(c)(4) tax-exempt nonprofit entity 
  • The Howard-Suamico Community Foundation was founded in 1991
  • Is a local chapter club under Optimist International  

The Howard-Suamico Optimist Club has been a major influence in the development of the Howard and Suamico communities.  It has raised several hundred thousand dollars and have used those funds to support numerous local youth and community projects. 

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Life Member

Life Membership is an honor often bestowed by a Club on an Optimist who has shown years of dedication to the Club and the organization. Optimists can also enroll themselves in Life Membership. Through Life Membership, a one-time fee is paid and the Optimist pays lower dues for life.

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College Member

Any Optimist Member who is enrolled as a full-time college student (minimum of 12 credit hours) is eligible to have their annual dues reduced.

Friends of Optimists

Individuals can show their support of Optimist International by becoming Friends of Optimists. A Friend of Optimists may be someone who does not have an Optimist Club in their area, or they may not have time to dedicate to a local Optimist Club. Optimist Clubs can also bestow a Friend of Optimists membership on a community member who has shown great support for the Club.

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30 & Under for $30

Optimist International is offering a one year, introductory membership to civic-minded individuals. Any new traditional Member inclusive of 18-30 years of age who joins an Optimist Club will receive this special dues offer. For one year, young adults can enjoy the benefits of an Optimist Club with less of a financial impact!


Optimist Club Officers  2023-2024

Club President: Tom Binish
Past President: Harold Peterson
Vice President: Ray Suennen
Vice President: vacant
Club Secretary: Paula Pyle
Club Treasurer:Scott Jandrin

Club Meetings

Meets Weekly: Tuesday Noon at:  1951 West/Rock Garden, 1951 Bond St, Green Bay, WI 54303