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Junior Optimist Club

Dan Steger

JOC Advisor

Phone: 651-755-4180

Maria Belden

JOC Advisor

Phone: 651-295-8357

Watch this video to see what we do!

Junior Optimist Club Officers










(L to R):

Treasurer: Ryan Tian

PR/Communications: Cassidy Manor

President: Leah Bottemiller

Secretary: Lily Drane

Vice President: Naomi George




Membership Application

Please complete this Google Form. You'll be added to our roster and Schoology group. Inside the form you'll see how to be added to our GroupMe texting group.

JOC volunteers at Community Ed Halloween Party 2021

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PLHS Junior Optimist Club

Join our Club and bring a friend!

Meetings are every 2 weeks during the school year, starting 9/15/2022

Meeting time: Thursdays, 7:30-8:00am

Meeting room: G216


What is the Junior Optimist Club?

Our JOC at PLHS is part of an international organization, Junior Optimist International, and is one of many in the US, Canada and around the world. The PLHS JOC is the largest, most active in the upper Midwest.

The club is 100% STUDENT-LED. Every project is conceived, planned and executed by YOU, its members. Advisors provide coaching but student-involvement makes this club great!

What is the Mission of Jr Optimists (JOC):

  • Foster FRIENDSHIP among members

Why Should You Join JOC?

  • Because it's FUN!
  • To see first-hand that through small acts of service you can CHANGE THE WORLD and make it a better place.
  • To MAKE FRIENDS with awesome, like-minded students
  • To learn TEAMWORK and LEADERSHIP skills
  • To improve your RESUME for college applications

What's Required to Join?

  • Energy and enthusiasm!
  • Desire to make your world better!
  • Commitment to do 2 hours of service each quarter

What's NOT Required to Join?

  • A certain GPA
  • A recommendation by teacher or staff


2022 year-end banquet. These are just some of the clubs 80+ members!

Typical Service Projects

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • CAP Agency
  • Toy Corner holiday toy drive
  • Serve meals at Ronald McDonald House
  • Help Prior Lakes Park & Rec with family events
  • Holiday cards for seniors
  • Sandwich Project
  • Food drives