Dor-Wood Optimist Club of Kettering, Ohio

Optimists - "Bringing Out The Best In Kids"

"Founders of the Kettering Safety Village"


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1st Annual Dor-Wood Optimist Club's
"Friend of Youth", Citizen of the Year Award


Congratulations to Norm Rich

Pictured above: Neal Charske, "Friend of Youth" award chair,
Norm Rich, 2014 "Friend of Youth, Citizen of the Year",
Joe Willen, newly installed President of the Dor-Wood Optimist Club

The award was presented at the Sept. 30th
Dor-Wood Optimist Club's Installation Banquet

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"Friend of Youth", Citizen of the Year Award




Organized: May 13, 1965

Chartered: June 12, 1965


The Dor-Wood Optimist Club convenes for  a lunch meeting every Thursday at noon.  Meetings are held at the Presidential Banquet Center

4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, Ohio
(off David Road between Marshall Road and Bigger Road)

The Optimist Creed

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 expect only the best.

  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

  • To forget mistakes of the past and press on to 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.

- Optimist International