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Monday, January 28, 2008

I want to be a member of this Optimist Club

Okay, the thought of living on an island in the Caribbean has always appealed to me, but I don't believe I have ever read a better promotion for what an Optimist Club does for their community than can be found with the Optimist Club of Basseterre .

What's so special about their club? According to Club President Mrs. Bernadette Dolphin:
  • They understand the vibrancy of their club depends on their ability to engage a cross section of persons from the age of 18, concerned with seeing our youth elevate, promote and advance themselves and the communities where they live.
  • Optimist offers its members not just a social and working relationship with their peers, sharing and manifesting ideas through projects, but also opportunities to demonstrate leadership and social skills locally, regionally and internationally.
The Optimist Club of Basseterre promotes forward movement , positive thinking and shares the Optimist Creed as their purpose for being a club. Sign me up!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Optimists are the talk of the town

Does your Optimist Club create a buzz whenever they gather? Take a look at the Gulf Breeze Optimist Club who made headlines just for announcing their new officers were installed. The message here is your community cares about the things you do, but they don't know what you are doing unless you tell them.

Here are some quick tips to help you make your Optimist Club the talk of the town today:

  1. Write a press release after every Optimist Club meeting
  2. Describe why your Optimist Club's activities benefit your town and the people who live there
  3. Submit items to your local paper regularly
  4. When you are announcing an important event or an activity that involves the community, pick up the phone and make sure the correct reporter got the release
  5. Don't get discouraged when your release is edited or if it doesn't make the cut. Sometimes it will be printed and sometimes it won't - let the media decide what is news
  6. Do ask the editor of your local newspaper what he looks for in a story so that you can deliver relevant, timely information

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Optimists creatively recycle unclaimed Christmas trees

On the first day back from Christmas vacation, the Breakfast Optimist Club of Lawrence, Kansas brought a forest to the Lawrence Arts Preschool. Forty unclaimed Christmas trees were planted in sand outside their door. According to the school administrator, they will be used as a maze, to inspire artwork, and provide a hands-on learning experience with nature.

Many Optimist Clubs feature Christmas tree sales as a fund raising activity. This provides a fun way to connect with students once the presents are gone.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Optimism for health and wellness

Happy New Year Optimists!

It has been published that those who have a sunny outlook about the future tend to have better mental health than those who are pessimists. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology January 2002;82:102-111)

Since it is the beginning of the new year, let's share a resolution among all Optimist Clubs. Vow to read the Optimist Creed aloud everyday and share it with others at least once a week.

The Optimist Creed is something shared by Optimist Clubs worldwide. We further our mission when rejoicing in the positive thoughts shared throughout the world. Click here for a copy of the creed that you can print and share with others.
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