The Optimist Club of Lynchburg, VA

The Optimist Club of Lynchburg, VA, is a community service organization dedicated to "bringing out the best in children".  We’ve been working with kids in the City of Lynchburg and the surrounding area since November 5, 1987. Optimist Clubs are members of Optimist International, a worldwide service organization dedicated to serving the youth in local communities.

The purpose of the Optimist Club of Lynchburg, VA, is to develop “Optimism” as a philosophy of life and to aid and encourage the youth of our community. 

We are a group of people that care about kids. Our members include people from every aspect of our community: business, civil service, social, educational, cultural, retirees, and young professionals. The club is open to all adults. 

Are you in good standing in the community, with integrity and a heart for serving kids? Come join us! We’d love to meet you as our guest at any of our monthly meetings. Contact us to attend.

Optimist Club Monthly Program Meeting
Third Thursdays* @ 12:00pm
Phase 2 Dining & Entertainment
4009 Murray Place
Lynchburg, VA  24501

*No regular meeting is held in July


  • SIGN UPAre you interested in joining our team so that you can Bring Out the Best in Kids in your community? For more information, click here.
  • PROGRAMSThe Optimist Club of Lynchburg holds eight youth-centric programs during the club year. These include recognition of Elementary Youth, Community Youth Leaders, Musical Accomplishments, Theatre Arts Achievements, Career-Technical Excellence, and Governor's School Research, plus our Essay and Oratorical Contests.  In addition, our club partners with Lynchburg Police Department to present the annual Officer of the Year Award.  Click here to learn more about our events and how you can get involved.

We Thank Our Sponsors!

Contributions from our sponsors make our recognition programs possible.
For more information, see our Club Projects and Programs listing.

We also appreciate support received from the following Theatre Arts recognition partners:

Optimist Club of Lynchburg
P. O. Box 378
Lynchburg, VA 24505

Five local students compete in Club Oratorical Contest sponsored by Brownstone Properties
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On March 15, the Optimist Club of Lynchburg held its annual Club Oratorical...

Ten students honored during Career-Technical Recognition Program sponsored by Framatome
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On February 15, the Optimist Club of Lynchburg held its annual Career-Technical...

LPD Officer of the Year Award bestowed at annual Respect for Law Program sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors
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On December 21, the Optimist Club of Lynchburg (in partnership with the Lynchburg...

Six students recognized during annual Elementary Youth program sponsored by Bank of the James
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On November 16, the Optimist Club of Lynchburg held its annual Recognition of...

Six honored at annual Youth Leadership Achieving Neighborhood Excellence program sponsored by Hurt & Proffitt
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On October 19, the Optimist Club of Lynchburg held its third annual Youth...