My fellow Optimists,
Summer is finally here, and Optimist everywhere are enjoying seasonal fun activities shared with family and friends. Clubs are very busy serving the youth and their communities – the “Heart of It All” - with positive service projects like fishing derbys, safety programs, bike rodeos, and fund raisers like Avenue of Flags, golf outings, and walk/runs events, just to name a few. What a difference these make in the lives that we serve. It’s what is best about being an Optimist!
The Optimist International Convention is now weeks away. Myself, Governor-Elect Cherie, and 15 other members will comprise the Ohio delegation in Quebec City for fellowship and training. You can watch portions of the Convention streamed live over the internet by visiting the optimist.org website. Plan to attend all the FUN at this year’s Ohio District Convention in Dayton on August 18-20. Important training for District and Club officer elects will be presented to help them get prepared for their year. Complete convention information and registration forms are available at ohiodistrictoptimist.org.
I am proud to report that the District is currently +9 in membership, still one of the top ten in all of Optimist International! Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work by “just asking” that potential new member. Each new member helps us reach our District goal of +16 by the end of 2016. Remember to take advantage of the various new membership incentives offered, like the Community Impact Bundle (FOO), $30 Under 30, and Honoring Our Heroes, to receive discounted International dues for the first year. More members equals more kids served - “Right Here, Right Now!”
All Ohio Optimists wish the best of luck to Madison Downing from Lima Shawnee High School as she competes as our District representative in Optimist International’s inaugural World Oratorical Championships next week in St. Louis. She will compete with contestants from all over the world for $22,500 in scholarship money. You can watch the contest streamed live over the internet by visiting the optimist.org website.
Congratulations to two Ohio youth golfers for being included in this year’s prestigious “Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team”. Named after the past OI executive director who was instrumental in starting the Optimist Junior Golf program, this team exemplifies excellence in academics, golf, and community service. The Ohio District would like to formally recognize: Alyssa Burritt, a senior at Bellbrook High School, of Dayton and Jared Wilson, a sophomore at Columbiana High School, of Youngstown.
Thanks to those who voted for their favorite District video entries in the “Reel Optimist Video” competition. Centerville-Noon’s video titled “It’s Not What We Do, It’s Why We Do It” is currently one of the tops in the number of votes in the “Club Showcase” category and is now eligible to win a $1,000 club grant. But, voting is not officially over! To give them and all of our entries an extra boost, those attending the International Convention are encouraged to cast their final votes on-site at the House of Optimism where the official winner could also receive a $500 bonus. Good luck to Centerville-Noon!
Now is a good time to get started with those year-end reports and activity books. One of the requirements to be a Distinguished President is to submit the “Presidents Pride Report” at the end of your year (September 30). This fairly simple report can be quickly completed and submitted online at optimistleaders.org or be mailed. Scrapbooks, bulletins, and CPA manuals are a great way to chronicle and permanently document your clubs events and activities performed this year. Remember to submit those as entries in the respective District competitions. For those clubs who have not submitted their Club Officer Elect Report (COER), it is still not too late to do so.
Yours in Optimism,
District Governor 2015 - 2016