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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Optimist International Awards & Recognition for 2016-2017

As president, Jim Kondrasuk declared the 2016-2017 Optimist International administrative year to be the Year of the Honor Club. In the Pacific Northwest District, three Optimist Clubs completed the challenge.

PNW District Optimist Clubs earning the Honor Club recognition in 2016-2017 were:

  • Caldwell, Idaho
  • Nampa, Idaho
  • Hillsboro, Oregon

You may read the complete 2016-2017 Awards & Recognition hotline here.

Congratulations to the home clubs of the 2016-2017 district governor, district secretary/treasurer, and regional vice president for their achievement.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Serve your community with an Optimist Club

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
pnw optimist clubs national day of serviceToday is January 15, 2018, the National Day of Service and the day we recognize the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. As a nonviolent activist, Dr. King moved the civil rights movement forward in America; however, it seems to me that his words and wisdom were not widely accessed until gathered upon the wave of social media. Tweet after tweet, and Facebook post upon Facebook post,  and articles, followed by more articles plus posts, like this one, share a sentence or two designed to make us all better people.

I chose the top quote for a reason because I am encouraging membership in an Optimist Club. Service clubs, such as Optimist Clubs, are not as prevalent as they were in the 1960s, during Dr. King's time. Service clubs have been replaced by government programs and church outreach, among other things; however, the service club model is not dead. Far from it.

In nations that are building infrastructure and influencing self-determination, the service club model still flourishes. Optimist Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, and others, help individuals find common purpose and share common values. Some first world countries serve as mentors to the third world countries that are finding their way. Life is truly about finding one's mission and sharing optimism, sharing the love.

It's not really that hard to imagine that our local communities need optimism and love too, is it?

That's why we invite you to be involved with an Optimist Club. Join an Optimist Club and make a difference in your life as you give service to your community on the National Day of Service and throughout the year.

Click here to find an Optimist Club near you or send me a note Linda Vaught and I'll help you start a new Optimist Club in your community.


Photo: Optimist International