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Birth of Optimist International / Growth of Optimist International

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
1. Birth of Optimist International Marker
Inscription.  
Birth of Optimist International
In June 1919, Optimists from 11 cities met at the Tyler Hotel to organize Optimist International. The delegates at the convention elected William Henry Harrison of Louisville to serve as the first International President. Optimists around the world are known as “the Friend of Youth” or “Ami de la jeunesse.”

Growth of Optimist International
Since 1919, Optimist Clubs have spread around the world. Wherever Optimists live, they share the values expressed in the “Optimist Creed.” They also share the mission of bringing out the best in youth and in their communities by sponsoring programs for youth scholarships, sports, leadership, and health and wellness.
 
Erected 2018 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways; Presented by the Past Presidents of Optimist International. (Marker Number 2578.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
2. Growth of Optimist International Marker
Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 15.285′ N, 85° 45.415′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on South 4th Street south of West Market Street (U.S. 31W), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 South 4th Street, Louisville KY 40202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. They Paid For Peace (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clarke & Loomis Architects / Levy Brothers Building (about 600 feet away); Kentucky Medal Of Honor Memorial (about 600 feet away); Jefferson County (about 700 feet away); Bank of Louisville (about 700 feet away); George Rogers Clark (about 700 feet away); Thelma French Schneider (about 800 feet away); Thomas Jefferson Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  History of Optimist International. From the organization's website. (Submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Birth of Optimist International / Growth of Optimist International Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 26, 2020
3. Birth of Optimist International / Growth of Optimist International Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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