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This web site is dedicated to the support of communications by its members in fulfilling their commitment to the development of optimism as a philosophy of life.  We hope our sprit of friendship and dedication to community service found in these pages will inspire you, and draw you to our mission.

CLICK HERE for Optimist International Programs and Scholarship information related to the following contests.
2016 -
Click Here For ESSAY CONTEST INFORMATION. Contact: Jane Harris, email.
        CLICK HERE FOR Oratorical Contest Information. Contact: Gary Schmidt, email.

Support our youth programs.
Come to our Pancake Feed & Silent Auction at American Legion.

November 5, 2016
Come to our Chili Feed at American Legion.
Coming in February 2017

Click here to visit the Kansas Optimist website.
Click here to vist the LBOC Face Book Page.

Our Mission

The club brings together a group of men and women who are interested in the youth of our community. It provides a time of fellowship and communion with others who are concerned about our youth.

Optimist Club Profile

Optimist Club members are area residents that have joined together to aid 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 community life, humankind, and the world. 

We encourage membership from a cross-section of business, social, economic and cultural life in the Lawrence community.  All members are adults of good character, and community standing; reside in the community, and have community interests in the city or areas adjacent to the city.

The club is a not-for-profit organization.  A letter issued by the U. S. Treasury Department for our use in documenting our tax exempt status is available in PDF format for printing by clicking here.  You need Adobe reader to read this file.

We begin each meeting with a prayer, pledge of allegiance and reading of the Optimist Creed. At every meeting we have an invited guest speaker who presents timely information about civic events, youth programs, and other topics of interest to our members. Click here for information about the history of the Optimist International organization.

Membership Application Information

Click here for a membership application form.

Click here for a membership form if you are interested in becoming a Friend of Optimist member.

Click here to apply on-line to become a Friend of Optimist member.

Click here for a life membership application form.

Click here for information about the cost of membership.

Contact Information

If you have questions about our programs or are interested in joining our optimist club please contact our club president, the membership chair, or the webmaster using the following information.

Meeting Time & Place: 

Tuesday Morning 6:59 - 8 a.m.
Smith Center - 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace - Lawrence, KS 66049
Click here to see a map.

Postal address

P O Box 3646 - Lawrence, KS 66046


Rich Cornell
(785) 393-1276

LBO Officers, Committee and Event Chairs

Electronic mail

General InformationRich Cornell

 EMail Rich Cornell  

Membership Chair: 
Larry Kline

Secretary: Allen Quirin

Treasurer:  Rick McCormick

News & web publications 

Webmaster:  Barry Chapin
Telephone:  (785)-841-0497

Visitors since 3/5/2008 Hit Counter
Revised:  11/07/2016

Map for Smith Center


Optimist honor veterans at a meeting November 10, 2009; see photos here.
See pictures of the 2007 Pancake Feed - another successful fundraiser to support kids programs in the area.
November 5th, 2007 - Three proposals for supporting our meeting space and breakfast costs.  Proposal 2 was selected in our meeting on November 5th, 2007.
Send mail to chapinb@att.net with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: November 7, 2016