My fellow Optimists,
Many Optimist are now celebrating the educational achievements of a younger family member or a friend - the "Heart of It All" - by attending a graduation ceremony or event. We wish our sincerest congratulations to all the graduates! As these students advance to the next level of their educational or work careers, we strongly encourage them to continue their Optimist experience by joining an existing Optimist club. If one does not exist, there is a dedicated team of experienced Optimists who will enthusiastically assist you with building new one.
The Third Quarter District Conference and Scholarship Finals that concluded last weekend was a big success. Nearly 80 Optimists and 33 guests came to support the hard efforts of our Essay, Oratorical, and CCDHH contestants and to hear their outstanding speeches. The Junior Optimists informed and entertained us with their interactive presentation of “JOOI Family Fued”. Later in the evening, many enjoyed watching the running of the horses in Kentucky live on TV and had lots of fun at the quarter auction. Congratulations are in order to our afternoon raffle winners: Cindy Smith, Kettering-Noon (tablet computer) and Rise Davis, Centerville South Metro (free District Convention registration), and our evening dinner TV raffle winner: Sue Armstrong, Kettering-Noon. Thank you to everyone who donated items to the raffle and quarter auction. Our JOOI kids that benefited were the real winners!
We are thrilled to announce this year’s District scholarship contest winners: Madison Downing-Lima Shawnee HS (oratorical girls) and Moataz Rasoul-Brookfield HS (oratorical boys), Gavin DeMali-Akron Early College HS (essay), and Mackenzie Pomeroy-Youngstown Ursuline HS (CCDHH). Madison will proudly represent the "great" Ohio District at Optimist International's inaugural Oratorical World Championships in St. Louis next month where she will have the opportunity to win up to an additional $22,500 in scholarship money on top of the $3,500 awarded to each of the District winners. All of us wish her the very best of luck!
I am happy to report again the District is net positive in membership at +1; still ranked in the top 10 among Optimist International Districts. We are only 15 new members away from achieving our District goal of net +16 in 2016! Remember to take advantage of OI's great membership incentives like the popular: Honoring Our Heros, $30 under 30, and Community Impact Bundle (FOO). Help make a difference in the life of a child in your community today by "just asking" that new potential member to join your Club - Right Here - Right Now!
Only about one-third of the local Clubs have submitted their Club Officer Elect Report (COER). You still have a few days to submit it before the early bird deadline of May 20. It is very quick and easy to do online at optimistleaders.org, or you can mail in the paper report to the address on the form. If you have not done so already, make a point to submit this very important Club officer information soon. You always have the option to change it at a later time.
Good news! Beginning May 1, the Optimist International Club General Liability policy coverage will include “Abuse & Molestation Coverage” at no additional cost. This added insurance benefit is only available to Clubs and its members. For more information, visit the optimist.org website.
Everyone has been busy showing their Optimistic spirit in unified action through positive community projects during "Optimist in Action" month. Be sure to share photos and videos of your Club's successful events on social media with the tag #OptimistsInAction.
Yours in Optimism,
District Governor 2015 - 2016