Hello Fellow Optimist Members!
Well a new year is beginning with new challenges and new adventures. Many of you are taking on new leadership responsibilities in your clubs, zones, regions and district. To me October is the kick-off for fall, with pumpkin and apple festivals, chili dumps, Halloween parties, hay rides and fall foliage. Also it is harvest time and gathering the last of the garden produce and preparing for winter. In a crock pot I now have slow cooking a batch of applesauce and there is butternut squash baking in the oven. The house is full of the wonderful rich aromas of apples, squash and spices.
We have one conference already history and are preparing for the next conference in February. I hope that you will mark your calendars now and plan to attend the Second Quarter District Conference on February 13 – 14, 2015. The first quarter conference gave us a chance to share ideas and reacquaint with old friends and also make new ones as well. I would like to thank Optimist International Vice president of the Middle American region, Todd McMillin, for attend the conference and also for conducting some of the training.
I have received several requests from young people who want additional information about the Essay and Oratorical contests. We need to be planning our club, zone and regional contests now!
Zone meetings are being planned and I hope you will try to attend your zone meeting in your area. It is an opportunity to share with other clubs your projects and ideas and also to gather information about what other clubs are doing.
Yours in Optimism,
Governor 2014 - 2015