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The 2015 Optimist International Convention is history! The weather was beautiful and the Convention was informative and very exciting. Ohio had good representation at the convention with 22 attendees. The CPA awards was a total sweep by OHIO! Congratulations Shawnee Optimist Club for best video for the their tutoring project, Wapak Noon for the New Project CPA award and Kettering Noon for the Best display and for their “Girl Power” project!

If you have not sent in your registration of the up-coming district convention do so soon! I know that the District Call was sent out prior to the OI convention and the registration packets were also sent out several times. I would encourage all the members and newly elected officers to attend the convention and get training for the coming year.

Over the past year I have repeatedly written in my newsletter article how much the Optimist Creed means to me and what an important part of my life it is. There isn’t a day in my life that the Creed doesn’t play an iatrical. It’s a constant reminder to me, by the blue wrist band I wear and the first thing I see in the morning when I wake up, because a copy of the Creed hangs on my bedroom wall. This past month the Creed has played an important part by helping keep me grounded with my busy schedule and trying to fit time for family, Optimist, work and friends. Sometimes they clashed and interfered with each other. Many times my family, friends and work were not too happy with my Optimist activities and vice versa. It becomes a struggle to find a balance and often we end up picking and choosing what we do and sometimes our decisions are not accepted favorably by all concerned.

But as leaders we sometimes must be reminded of this fact too; not everyone has the same agenda, passion or commitment that you have, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have an agenda, passion or commitment to something it just may not be the same thing as you. Be careful in your expectations of others, they may not always be able to give you a 100% because they are already commented to giving a huge portion to something else whatever that may be. If you can accept that premise you will begin to look at the bigger picture and know that there will be times when you have to go to plan B, C, and maybe D to get your agenda completed. In the end because I am an OPTIMIST I know it will work out and all the glitches along the way really didn’t matter anyway!

So having said this I sincerely hope you will consider coming to the Convention in August and I look forward to seeing you there! It will give us time to share our ideas and learn new things. However, if you are unable to attend I hope that you will be able to attend future conferences and events. Try to take some time to plan coming but I really do understand that sometimes you are not able to give 100% but I am happy to accept whatever percent you are able to give.

Optimistically yours,

Doris Dickman,
Governor 2014 - 2015