"Each child is a winner in our eyes"
Suburban Optimist Club of Buena Park 
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What We Do:

The Suburban Optimist Club of Buena Park is part of the Optimist International (OI) Organization which was founded in 1919 and provides a service to our nationís youth through its 172,000 members belonging to 4,100 clubs.  OI conducts over 55,000 community and youth oriented projects annually affecting 5 million youngsters. 

The Suburban Optimist Club, through its members supervises and sponsors many programs which address the needs of our community such as the Just Say No anti-drug club for elementary school children, Respect For Law to instill in youth the respect and responsibility to the laws of our community, Oratorical and Essay Contests (including a special contest for the hearing impaired) to provide an avenue for youth to express themselves in a positive way, Tri-Star Basketball sports competition, Youth Appreciation and Youth Recognition dinners for high school graduates and the hearing impaired to acknowledge the contributions of today's youth to our communities. 

We  host Christmas parties for disadvantaged and disabled children as well as supporting our local Optimist Boy's Home. These events touch the lives of several hundreds of children each year and over the past 50 years have enriched the lives of many times that number.

The Suburban Optimist Club sponsors a Junior Optimist program with Boys and Girls of Jr. High school age.  In addition, funds from our annual Pancake Breakfast are donated to youth organizations and local churches that participate in the South East Youth Organization, better known as SEYO which currently has over 2,000 youths involved in sports activities.  The Suburban Optimist Club retains members on the Board of Representatives of SEYO and all officers of SEYO are members of the Suburban Optimist Club.

Our Purpose:

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed;
To promote as 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 ad 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


There will be opportunities for fellowship and social contact at Dinner Meetings and during Fund Raising and Community Activities 

It is an opportunity to serve the Youth and the community in which we live.

There is Self Development in Leadership and Personal Growth.

Fellowship and Social Contacts with people in the Community, Zone, District and also Internationally  


Board meeting are scheduled at 7:00 PM for the first Wednesday of every month. At the Silver Palace restaurant whittier, 15326 E Whittier Blvd Whittier, CA

Contact Us:

PO BOX 727
Placentia, CA 92871

Email: "SuburbanOptimistClub.Board@Gmail.com"
Phone: (714) 752-3565



Past Presidents
Robert Wada (charter), 1966-67 
Jim Takata, 1967-68 
Tok Kataoka, 1968-69 
Mitch Tanaka, 1969-70 
Steve Nemeth, 1970-71 
Nobby Arata, 1971-72 
Jim Yamashita, 1972-73 
Harry Kuwabara, 1973-74 
Ray Fujino, 1974-75 
Tom Kitano, 1975-76 
Stan Yoshida, 1976-77 
Geoffrey Chow, 1977-78 
Ken Ige, 1978-79 
Herbert Omura, 1979-80 
John Tsubokawa, 1980-81 
Hiroshi Kamei, 1981-82 
Henry Nakano, 1982-83 
Roy Oshiro, 1983-84 
Deen Matsuzawa, 1984-85 
Dan Fukushima, 1985-86
Kenneth Hayashida, 1986-87
Henry Mano, 1987-88
Taka Honda, 1988-89
Gary Taira, 1989-90
Cliff Ishii, 1990-91
Miles Yano, 1991-92
Peter Pyle, Sr., 1992-94
Don Tanaka, 1994-95
Frank Hirahara, 1995-96
Bobby Iwashita, 1996-97
Steve Okamura, 1997-98
Garrett Wada, 1998-99
George Tanaka, 1999-2000
Stan Enomoto, 2000-01
Bobby Iwashita, 2001-02
Ray Okazaki, 2003-05
Norman Nishizu, 2005-08
Gary Fukushima, 2008-12
Scott Iwamoto, 2012 -16
Al Baez, 2016 - 
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