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The 3rd Quarter Conference is over and the District Convention Committee has been planning the District Convention for August 13, 14 and 15 at the Holiday Inn – West, 4073 Medina Road, Akron, OH 44333. Everyone should have received their Convention Information Packet in the mail. I hope you are planning to attend the convention, this a great time to get leadership training for the following year. It is also a good way to network with other clubs. Networking allows up to share our ideas and gain insight about what other clubs are doing and pick up tips on what is working for other clubs. Please be sure to take time to share the information with your club members and encourage your future and prospective leaders to attend the District Convention.

We currently have 24 Ohio Optimist members registered to attend the Optimist International Convention in New Orleans on July 9, 10 and 11. There is still time to send in your registration! It is easy to register and make Hotel reservations by visiting the Optimist International Website. My suggestion is to make your hotel reservations on line, the registration and reservations are very user friendly even I was able to navigate it without any glitches! I can’t say the same for trying to make hotel reservations by phone! I know several others have had glitches there as well.

HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR CLUB OFFICER ELECT REPORT TO OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL? I REPEAT - - - HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR CLUB OFFICER ELECT REPORT TO OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL?

This report was due May 20 and to-date out of the 74 clubs in our District only 31 clubs or 41.89 % have submitted the COER to OI. Even if there isn’t any change in you officers for next year it is necessary to submit the COER to Optimist International. This report assures that your club leaders will be receiving the information from OI and also from the District next year.

Over the time I was a Lt. Governor and now Governor I have heard a lot of club leaders tell me that they are not interested in all the District and International activities and paperwork. Their club is doing just fine with their community activities and events and they don’t have time to get involved in all the other stuff. (some have used a little stronger verbiage then that! LOL) But looking over the past year and seeing the decline in membership and loosing 6 clubs this year I would have to say that maybe the majority of the clubs do need the District and International STUFF! The majority of the members who are no longer active and drop their membership do it because they have lost their passion, drive or interest. I know that the clubs and organizations that I am no longer involved with that is why I’m no longer involved with them, my interests have changed sometimes not because I’m still not interested in these things but because I’m now moving in a different direction in my life. I also see that the members who are still involved have remained members because they have the desire to do something and find the time to commit to their club activities. We are all busy people but I have always found that if you want to get something done ask a busy person to do it and if they have the commitment they will always find time to do the tasks. Losing interest is often defined as “Burn-out”, and you have the chance at least 5 times a year to “Reboot” and get reenergized. How can you do this?

By attending the 3 District Conferences, the District Convention and the International Convention. The clubs who are thriving are the clubs who send representatives to these events and submit their reports to the District and OI. The same can be said for the membership, they are the doers and shakers of their club, the workers and backbone of the club. I know that getting involved requires commitment and work`and we are all pulled 7 ways to Sunday with family, work, friends, other organizations and the list goes on. But attending the Conferences and Conventions allows you sometime to find out that you are not alone, that there are other clubs and members who are dealing with the same issues you are dealing with. Sometimes it is a reverse situation where you find out that maybe things aren’t so bad for you and there are clubs and members with bigger problems than you are facing. It’s a brotherhood, a sisterhood, a just knowing you aren’t alone thing that can help you with your own struggles and need for answers.

At the International Convention I Las Vegas our current OI President, Ken Garner, said he wasn’t asking for our 100% because he realizes that we have other commitments and obligations to family, work, friends and other organizations. But he did ask that we give our best 20%. Doing that would mean taking time to try to attend at least one of these 5 District and International events. So if you want to make a difference, or just get your mojo tuned up why not take the time to plan to attend the Optimist International or District Convention or the 1st Quarter Conference in October. There are a lot of resources available at these events and I have never walked away without picking up new ideas or learning something new.

Optimistically yours,

Doris Dickman,
Governor 2014 - 2015