Progressive Optimist Club of Barbados

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.”

Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

The Progressive Optimist Club is one of nine (9) Optimist Clubs in Barbados, formed in May 2010.  The Clubs meetings are held every 1st Monday of the month at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), starting at 5:30pm with refreshments.

Bring a friend or come alone and join us at our meeting to get an understanding of what we do. If you are interested in serving the youth of our nation & interacting with other Optimists for Personal Growth & Involvement, and you are not available on Mondays, there are six other adult (>18yrs) clubs in Barbados meeting on various days of the week.

Two evenings a month is all it takes to positively impact the life of a child & develop new friendships … act now and email us at [email protected]


— Our Mission

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.


— Our Vision

Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.


— Our Purpose

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.


Promise Yourself

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.