My fellow Optimists,
Next month is “Optimist in Action” month. It is a special time when Optimist members and volunteers throughout the District will show their optimistic spirit and unite as one in widespread action through meaningful and powerful service projects and fundraisers that make a positive difference in their communities. Now is a great time to organize and promote your upcoming events. To help bring community awareness to our mission, Optimist International has created a special limited edition t-shirt. Your Club can order them online from Shumsky at optimiststuff.org.
I am proud to announce that the “great” Ohio District has moved into the top 10 of all Districts in Optimist International with regards to membership. We are one of three Middle America Region Districts to have joined that ranking. Thank you to everyone for all your hard efforts in bringing in new members. For those of you who have sponsored at least three new members since October 1, you will receive a special “Bringing Out The Best” pin. With springtime club service projects in full swing, now would be a good time to “Just Ask” that volunteer or participant at your event to become a new member – Right Here, Right Now!
It is not too late to register for the Third Quarter District Conference being held May 6 and 7 at the Embassy Suites in Columbus-Dublin. This “youth” conference will feature our Essay, Oratorical, and CCDHH scholarship contests and an fun, interactive JOOI presentation. Please come and support the hard efforts of these outstanding kids – the “Heart of It All”. Also, make plans to attend an evening full of FUN “Derby” themed activities and buffet dinner with TV raffle giveaway and quarter auction (bring your quarters!).
Final reminder to send in your Club's officer election results to Optimist International by the May 20 deadline. The Club Officer Elect Report (COER) can be submitted either online via optimistleaders.org or by mail. Please send in your list of officers even if your they are repeating again next year. Elections for International officers will be held during the month of June. It is important that your Club's dues and fees are fully paid by April 30 to be eligible to vote.
A great way to promote your Club and showcase its great projects is with a video. Some adult and youth clubs in the District have submitted their entrees in Optimist International's “Reel Optimism” video contest. The Centerville-Noon Club has produced a great video titled “It's Not What We Do - It's Why We Do it” and is eligible for a $1,000 club grant. Go to Optimist International's Facebook page from May 10 to May 31 and vote for your favorite video. Good Luck!
Yours in Optimism,
District Governor 2015 - 2016