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Hello fellow optimist,

It's a new calendar year, and it's time for new year resolutions! Maybe you have promised to attend more club meetings, to get more involved in club projects and fundraisers, to “Just Ask” a potential new member to join your club, to build a new JOOI club at your local school, to make a contribution to the OI Foundation or District Scholarship fund, or to grow oneself by participating and advancing in the PGI program. Whatever you have resolved to do this year, you can feel good knowing that you will bringing out the BEST in our youth, in our communities, and in ourselves... the “Heart of It All” - Right Here, Right Now!

The Second Quarter Conference and Awards Banquet is coming up this February 5 and 6 at the Embassy Suites Columbus in Dublin. The deadline to make your hotel reservation is Monday, January 18. All members and their spouses are encouraged to attend this fantastic conference focused on club and personal growth that you will not want not miss (see next paragraph). There will be interesting sessions on membership, club building, and PGI, just to name a few. Stay the entire day and have a chance to win a nice prize (must be present to win).

I want to personally recognize the New Middletown-Springfield Twp. Club for their recent outstanding member recruitment drive that resulted in 10 new members! This was the positive result of a talk given by delivered by Lt. Governor, Jim Hoffman, at a Zone 5 meeting on the simple principle to “Just Ask”. Club members Rob and Ginger McAndrew took it to heart and excited their members to conduct a special social event. They will be sharing their story of success at the February conference.

Mark your calendars to attend the District Convention in Dayton on August 18-20 at the Holiday Inn Dayton-Fairborn. This is a week later than originally announced. More information will be available at the February conference. Also, the Middle America Optimism Summit & Regional Conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 in Indianapolis. This one-day training experience will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead a relevant and thriving club. The cost to attend is $30.

Let me remind everyone about several Optimist International membership incentives. The “Season of Giving” incentive is a great way to add a new member at a reduced cost. Now until the end of January, OI will waive the $15 new member add fee. You still have a couple weeks to take advantage of this great offer. Clubs can purchase a “Community Impact Bundle” package of six "Friend of Optimists" memberships at a discounted rate of $300. These memberships can be given and activated throughout the Optimist year to honor or introduce a person to optimism. OI is offering a road sign special. Any club that adds 10 new members during a month will receive an official Optimist International road sign to be proudly displayed in your community.

Best wishes for an optimistically great year!

Yours in Optimism,

Bryan McCormick,
District Governor 2015 - 2016