About Us

It was the depths of the Depression… Kids were hungry and homeless on the streets of Austin. Thirty-six young men, including the sitting Governor of Texas, James V. Allred, decided to do something about it – to make Austin a better place to live – and formed the Austin Optimist Club.

The Austin Optimist Club is a civic organization dedicated to serving the youth of greater Austin area. When Optimist International started back in 1919, their motto was “Friend of the Delinquent Boy.” Over the years, the words have changed, and our motto now is “Friend of Youth.”

We’re proud to serve the Austin community since 1935! We raise money every year at our Christmas Tree Lot on the corner of San Gabriel and North Lamar. All of the profits from the trees goes to youth charities.

Membership Forms and Brochures

If you would like to join us, please fill our online membership form or download a membership form below. If you are in need of additional information, you can download our brochure from below.