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Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

This was a busy weekend and many people were celebrating Valentine’s Day with loved ones and friends and family. I too was able to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my Optimist family and friends while attending the 2nd Quarter Conference this weekend in Columbus. We also were able to celebrate the achievements of the clubs at the 2013-2014 awards banquet on Saturday Night. Congratulations to all those who receive awards! I believe everyone who attended the conference enjoyed Michael Friedrich’s presentation and the participation from those in attendance was excellent. We all got to learn a little more about each other and share incites about our “new friend.” One of the greatest things I think that the Optimist Clubs do is share their ideas with other clubs and even help other clubs succeed in their efforts. There was a lot of sharing of ideas this weekend and I hope those who attended were able to take a few ideas home with your to share with other members of your club.

Bryan McCormick gave the “Catch a Rising Star” presentation at the District Conference and is currently looking for people to help fill his team. If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who would be a good candidate for a chair or Lt. Governor please let Bryan know.

Many of the clubs have had their Essay Contests or Oratorical Contests are will having them soon. If your club has finished their contest please let Fred Hall know who your winners were.

Zone competitions will be conducted soon and then on to the Region contests and in May we will have the District contest. As arrangements are made for the Zone and Region Contests we will let the clubs in those areas know the dates and places for the contests.

The Optimist International Convention will be held in New Orleans this year and Harry Tolhurst is inviting everyone to attend the Convention July 9–11, 2015 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Convention Center.

Until next month ....

Doris Dickman,
Governor 2014 - 2015