The East Utica Optimist Club

Founded in 1975, The East Utica Optimist Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in February 2015. Our motto is "Friend of Youth".

We honor students from the Utica City School District's elementary, middle, and high schools. We give eight Optimist Student-of-the-Month scholarships to graduating seniors at Proctor High School. The Club takes children to Utica College basketball and football games. We help to sponsor reading programs in Utica schools. We escort Utica City School District children to events such as "Sesame Street Live" at the Stanley Theatre. The club assists the Masonic Home in some of that institutions festivities. The club contributes to the Utica Dollars for Scholars Program. We contribute to Optimist International's charity: childhood cancer research.

This club is the proud sponsor of the Edward J. Herrmann Cross-Country Invitational.

Contact us at ej.xc.info@gmail.com if you know of a worthwhile youth-orientated project that our club can assist or if you would like to become a member of the East Utica Optimist Club.