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Governor's Message:

WOW! Is it time already for our third quarter District Conference. It's hard to believe how time has gone bye. When we finish this Conference we have only 20 more weeks to reach our Districts goal of plus 14 in 2014. How are you progressing on your clubs goal of becoming an honor club? There is still time to reach it.

This Conference is being billed as our "YOUTH CONFERENCE". We have two competitions taking place and the results of the District's Essay competition, during our time together. The Oratorical competition begins at 10:45 a.m. The winner of the Districts Essay competition will present the winning essay. And for the first time in many years, we will have a Communications Competition for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) in the mid-afternoon. Of all our conferences and conventions in the District, this one is the most interesting because we bring out the best of our Youth and we bring you the best in competition. JOIN US! If you haven't attended a conference before, you will be surprised at what happens in them. As Joe reminded us "It is interesting for you to discover that the organization is so much bigger than just the individual club. The more attendee's there are the more ideas for fundraising, programs, youth activities, and fellowship opportunities for you to glean and take back to your club" (Thanks Joe!). This conference will be no exception. We will have two special training presentations, one on intentional membership recruitment and fundraising via collaboration with other community groups, (By the Lima Noon Club).

We will have as our special guest, Marlene Phillips a trainer from Optimist International. Marlene is an experienced trainer who will model intentional recruitment for our clubs. In addition our Chairs will report on District happenings throughout the day.

Joe Madden will be informing us of all the activities in the International Convention taking place in Las Vegas, NV, on July 10-12, 2014.

The Hospitality Room has gone through a name change - it is now the District Fellowship Room. We hold many activities and fellowship times throughout the conference including good food (for those who come down on Friday), games such as "A Night at The Races" (it’s back by popular demand!), and fabulous conversations. The Fellowship Room's Theme for this conference is: "April Showers Brings May Flowers!"

Registration for this and all Conferences and Conventions is a must. It is necessary that all delegates, Chairs, Lt Governors, Club Officers Club members their spouses, and all guests (including competitors and their families) be registered. You can bring any guest you want to this conference. Bring potential members, BUT REGISTER THEM. Without registration we will not have sufficient Food for Lunch or Dinner. Registration = Lunch, Hand-outs Fun.

If you have a contestant in the competition, would your club consider sponsoring their (and their family's) registration for the conference? It would be greatly appreciated.

See You There!

Harry Tulhurst,