My fellow Optimists,
The long and hot dog days of August are upon us. With summer vacation season winding down and kids are heading back to school, I hope you and your family had an opportunity to get away and spend some quality time together. As we all know, family vacations are special memories that last a lifetime.
We only have approximately 40 days remaining until September 30 to continue our goal to finish the year strong. Thanks to everyone’s hard efforts, our District is on tract to finish with “Distinguished” honors. Let us stay focused on bringing in new members, keeping member deletions to a minimum, adding FOOs and converting expiring ones to regular members, and building new adult and youth clubs – Right Here, Right Now! By growing our District, we accomplish our mission to serve more kids in our communities, “The Heart of It All”, and to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. The “great” Ohio District has a long history of excellence, and we now have a chance to continue that legacy in to the future.
Many clubs have achieved positive growth in membership this year and are now on their way to being qualified as "honor" or "distinguished". Currently, 30 clubs have earned this distinction and 33 others are very close (needing 2 or less new members). The remaining seven could easily achieve this by conducting a positive NOW program. To also qualify for this award, clubs must complete three service projects during the year, be current with International and District dues, honor a club member or community individual (paperwork submitted to OI), and submit the “President’s Pride” report. For a club to be distinguished, it must attain honor status and be net +15 in membership or charter a new club. All paperwork is due to OI by September 30. More growth equals more kids served!
There are still 21 clubs in the District who have not submitted their Club Officer Elect Reports (COER) to Optimist International. It is critically important that clubs submit their list of new officers for the upcoming year to OI as soon as possible. This information is very vital for accurate and timely delivery of communications from OI and the District with your club. It is incredibly easy to do and only takes a few minutes to complete online at optimistleaders.org under “Reports”. Make it a priority today! District leaders are in the process of contacting those clubs to remind and assist them with this task.
Yours in Optimism,
District Governor 2015 - 2016