Hello fellow Optimist,
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I hope it is yours too. It is a special time spent together with family enjoying great tasting food and giving thanks for the many blessings received throughout the year. As Optimists, our blessings are the kids and communities that we most generously serve each and every day. They are truly the "Heart of It All"! While gathering with their families, they give special thanks for the blessed gift of Optimism that they have received.
The First Quarter Conference was held the third weekend in Columbus and was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our workshop presenters. A great day of training, food, and fellowship was had by all. A special thanks to OI Vice President Bob Floyd and his wife Debbie for visiting with us and sharing their spirit of Optimism. Congratulations to our door prize winners: Arlene Akerman from Kettering-Noon (tablet computer) and Ellen Braughtigam from Wapakoneta (conference registration). Plan to attend our next conference and awards banquet scheduled for February 5-6. If you are planning to stay the night at the Embassy Suites Hotel, make sure to reserve your room by the January 18 deadline.
Thanks to everyone for bringing in recent new members - Right Here, Right Now! Sponsors will be receiving our membership incentive, a blue “100 BY 100” wristband, to wear proudly in support of Optimist International's mission goal. Remember to "Just Ask" friends, neighbors, and colleagues if they would like to make difference in the life of child.
I recently attended the 39th annual "Youth Appreciation Week" banquet, hosted by the Kettering-Noon Optimist Club, to honor Dayton area youth. After hearing the kid's many accomplishes and achievements and future aspirations, it was such an inspiration knowing our future is in great hands. One lucky student won a $1,000 scholarship. Many thanks to all the Optimist clubs for your generous support to our youth.
From my family to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Yours in Optimism,
District Governor 2015 - 2016