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Monday, April 14, 2008

Old news is Good News

Immediate past governor Gay Enyeart was successful in inspiring others in the PNW District of Optimist International to achieve great things in their own communities. For her leadership, the District was recognized as Distinguished for the 2006-2007 administrative year and Gay earned the title of Distinguished Governor. According to Gay, it is a humbling experience.

We are often reluctant to beat our own drum. That is why so much of what Optimist Clubs do falls off of the radar screen. However, the achievements of our members allow us to tell the Optimist Story in a different way, through additional outlets. Gay's local and regional newspapers both chose to run a story that explained how one person can make a difference through their affiliation with an Optimist Club. Read the article from the Hillsboro Argus here.

The next time your club president or another member of your club earns an award for being an Optimist or puts forth extra effort for an Optimist project, try making him or her the story. It takes caring adults to conduct and promote Optimist Club activities. Such a story will not only show your appreciation, but will also quietly remind others that it takes volunteers - real people, just like them - to coordinate the projects that make a difference in the lives of others.