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May brings the Third Quarter Conference May, 15-16. May also brings us the OIJGC competitions at several locations throughout Ohio. Then there are the School Proms, graduation ceremonies and parties. I have heard from Barb Lane that the 15th Annual Optimist Night at the Dayton Dragons Friday May 29 has been a total SELL OUT!! Let’s not forget Memorial Day weekend May 22-25 if you want to plan for a long weekend.

But one more important thing should be happening in your clubs right now, you should all be gearing up for your officer elections. It’s important to begin the process of finding future leaders and getting your team ready for next year! As leaders it’s important to begin to find your replacements and also to help them through the hoops so there is a smooth transition and they receive the support and information necessary for them to take the reins in October. It also helps to know the future leaders so that they can begin to get the information from OI that they need to help them succeed in their year.

Speaking of elections, we have our own Chuck Davis who has been nominated for the position of Optimist International Vice President for Region 6, Middle America. He will be VP elect for 2015-16 and then Vice President 2016-17. We are asking for all the clubs to support Chuck by casting your club’s vote for him.

It’s a busy time that begins the “Summer Fun” however you plan to spend it. Many of my friends and family are planning vacations and trips. I’m planning on my trip to New Orleans, July 8 to 12 for the Optimist International Convention. I know that the Akron club is feverously planning the Ohio Convention for August 13-15. Have you received your convention packet yet? Need another copy to hand out at your next meeting? I know that the Akron club is feverously planning the Ohio Convention for August 13-15. Have you received your convention packet yet? Need another copy to hand out at your next meeting? The information is available on the District Webpage ohiodistrictoptimist.org just a click away!

Optimist International has been conducting Leadership Summits and on June 13 there will be a Leadership Summit held in Detroit, Michigan. Registration forms and more information about the Leadership Summit is available on the District Webpage. Take some time and visit the site there is a wealth of information available for you and your members on the District and the Optimist International Websites!

So enjoy the Merry Month of May and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events in the District!

Optimistically yours,

Doris Dickman,
Governor 2014 - 2015