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Thursday, January 12, 2017

February 2 is Optimist Day

February 2 has long been known as Groundhog Day. You know, the day when Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his den to tell us if there will be an early spring or if we must hunker down for another six weeks of winter.

This year, the prognostication is sunny because for the first time ever, Optimist International is promoting #OptimistDay.

On February 2, 2017, all Optimist Club members are encouraged to wear a shirt, hat, or pin to promote their Optimist Club. As our club members promote their individual clubs, Optimist International will gain recognition as a connector of people and deeds around the world that makes it a better place to live.

I'm in; are you?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Show your Reel Optimism in 2017

Reel Optimism Optimist InternationalFor the fourth year, Optimist International and the Optimist International Foundation are asking Optimist Clubs, Junior Optimist Clubs and the public to submit video entries for the Reel Optimism Contest.

In 2017, the topics are:
Optimists in Action (adult and youth categories) - video must be 3 minutes or less
Make Optimism Go Viral (adult and youth categories) - video must be 45 seconds or less
Optimism (public category) - video must be 3 minutes or less

Clubs should begin working on their entries now. Submission dates are February 17 to April 14, 2017. Finalists will be announced on May 12, 2017 and public voting will begin, ending on May 31, 2017. Winners will be announced on June 2, 2107. See the full Reel Optimism Contest rules here.

Need some inspiration? Here are the entries from 2016 to get your creative juices flowing.

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