Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
There will be dinner, dancing, a silent auction and door prizes.
Find out more or purchase tickets from Gerry Morrison at 604-852-2860.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
On Saturday December 12, 2009 at 10:00 am Gresham Police, Fire and the Gresham Optimist Club brought some Holiday cheer to ten under privileged area children. Ten members of the Gresham Police Department, ten members of the Gresham Fire Department and ten members of the Gresham Optimist Club volunteered their Saturday to shop with these kids. Each child received $100 dollars and was escorted through the Gresham Fred Meyer by one GPD member, one GFD member and one Optimist Club member in search of that perfect gift. After the shopping was done the kids were treated to lunch at Burgerville then taken to the Salvation Army to wrap their gifts. This program relies solely on contributions. If you would like to contribute to next year's event contact the Gresham Optimist Club.
Thanks to a donation from WalMart, the Gresham Optimist Club and their law enforcement partners are heading out again this weekend to do it all over again with a new group of young shoppers. And that's one way that Optimist Clubs help put the merry in Christmas. Thank you!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Led by Senior Officer Craig Seibel, the Salem Police Department interacts with students in the Salem-Keizer School District to teach responsibility, how to resist peer pressure and avoid alcohol, tobacco and subtance abuse. They also practice the updated program keepin it Real (kiR) to reach students in grades 6-9.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
But the reason for this post is to highlight one of their premier ongoing projects: Coats for Kids. Intuitively, we know that through this program the Optimist Club collects coats and then redistributes them to children who need them. What we might not know is what goes on behind the scenes of this awesome project. Thanks to an interview in the Magic Valley Times, you can learn just what it takes to put this program on in your community. Please read the article "Coats for Kids bundles up on donations" here.
You can alsow watch a video with Coats for Kids Chairperson Patsy Bland where Patsy discusses the compassionate community during our difficult economic times.
The Optimist Clubs in Twin Falls, Jerome and Eagle, Idaho hold Coats for Kids programs.
Friday, December 4, 2009
The hours are 12 to 7 every day until all of the trees have found their Christmas home. Christmas tree sales allow the Sandy Optimist Club to perform community service and youth projects such as scholarships and bikes for kids, plus they also take special requests to provide assistance to students in the Oregon Trail School District.
Your support is needed and appreciated!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
If your Optimist Club has a tree lot, please send us the location and hours so we can include them on the blog.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thank you for all that you do as an Optimist Club member to bring out the best in children. Thank you for you for your special friendship. Happy Thanksgiving and cheers to the holiday season.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Eagle Optimist Club was organized on Tuesday, November 17. They meet at 12:00 noon on Tuesdays at Chicago Connection, 344 W. State Street, Eagle, Idaho.
Sixteen charter members are working on several programs for the season. The first is Coats for Kids, chaired by Rachel Cushing. New and gently used coats are being collected, cleaned and repaired and redistributed to children in the community.
Also in the works are Christmas Food Baskets, chaired by Brian Doerty. Both projects are being coordinated with the Landing Community Center.
The Eagle Optimist Club is currently welcoming new members and charter membership status will remain open through December. Please contact us for more information. A charter banquet is being planned for January.
Showin in the picture (left to right): Board Member Jessie Horney, Co-President Mike Harris, Board Member Brian Doerty, Co-President Gretchen Brown, and S/T Randy Rabehl.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Many years later we have those beautiful trees to thank for the shade in the summer and the opportunities for service in the fall. That's why teams from the Boise Noon, Eagle and Meridian Optimist Clubs all went out in force to rake-up their respective cities. What a great way to build friendship, serve others and make our communities some of the best places to live.
Monday, November 23, 2009
The winning essay at the district level will earn the participant a $2,500 scholarship. All first place district essays move forward to International competition where they compete for an additional $6,000 scholarship.
It's not too late to start your Optimist Club Essay Contest today. Read all that you need to know to conduct an Optimist International Essay Contest here.
Optimist Clubs set their own submission deadline for club contests. Please be sure to set yours in order to have your winning essay to Karon Yaden by February 28, 2010. In addition to the winning essay, all club entries must include a copy of the student's birth certificate, application form and a $35 entry fee.
For more information, please contact Karon Yaden, PNW District Essay Chair today.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
What is it? The Nametag Program asks you and all the members of your Optimist Club to choose one day a month to wear your nametag all day as you go about your usual business. You will discover that the nametag makes you approachable. People will say hello and ask you why you are wearing a nametag and that's your chance to tell them all about your Optimist Club.
Practice your elevator speech and ask them if they want to learn more. Invite people to visit your club and when they do, ask them to join. It's a great way to spread Optimism in your community.
Are you ready? Set? Get your nametag on!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
What has your club done this month for this special activity? Please tell us about it. Leave a comment here.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The weekend began with a Walk 'n Talk in the business community adjacent to the hotel property. Armed with flyers about Coquitlam Optimist programs, visiting Optimist Club members hit the streets to invite local business persons to participate and to consider joining the Optimist Club. It was a great way to reintroduce the Coquitlam Optimist Club to the community.
That evening, the opening session was inspirational as the Coastal Sound Music Academy Choir welcomed the Optimist district with native songs and the national anthems for Canada and the United States and Councilman Brent Edmundson offered a welcome from the city of Coquitlam. Linda Jackson, Governor explained the importance of wearing name tags to make ourselves approachable, but more important to make visitors, guests and new members feel like a part of our Optimist Clubs. Larry Blackburn, Caldwell Optimist Club, Alan Zehntbauer, Beaverton Optimist Club and Lorraine Coots, Mason County Optimist Club each described a favorite project conducted by their respective clubs and Ed Murphy, Governor-elect introduced us to a five first timers before we adjourned to the Halloween party in the hospitality room hosted by the Abbotsford Optimist Club.
On Saturday, we approved our district budget, held a NOW Luncheon that included potential new members from Burnaby, BC and heard from our District Chairpersons for Essay, Oratorical, Internet Safety, JOOI Clubs, Leadership Development, Membership and Growth. More information will be provided about their reports in upcoming posts. We also met and learned from Mark Weinsoff, International Vice President for the West Region.
It was a good meeting, full of information about how members of the district leadership team are available to come to your community to help your Optimist Club grow. There was also an emphasis on participation and it was determined that our district website would be revamped to be a better, more interactive communications tool.
Funny, I didn't fully understand how much information was shared until I started writing this post and unfortunately I know just how much has been left out. We will try to relay all of the information through our blogs and bulletins, but the phrase "you had to be there" still comes to mind. I hope you were; but if not, please be sure to join us in Portland, Oregon on February 20, 2010 for our Second Quarter District Meeting so you can participate and learn firsthand.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The nomination came from a chamber of commerce member who is still anonymous at this time. In order to accept the nomination, the Abbotsford Optimist Club had to prepare a 250-word narrative with pictures for consideration. It was a challenge for them to summarize 25 years into 250 words, but you can click here to see that they did an excellent job with the essay.
The next step in the process was a personal interview in front of a panel of judges. And now, they know that they have been chosen as a finalist, but they must wait until November 18 to see if they come in first place.
Current president Gerry Morrison and Charter president David Morrison will be representing the Abbotsford Optimist Club at the Awards Banquet. I can't wait to hear the results, but according to Presidents Morrison, it is an honor to be nominated and win or lose, they are spreading the mission and purpose of the Optimist Club in their community.
That is certainly true. Thank you for that and good luck!
Photo and essay provided by Gerry Morrison, President, Abbotsford Optimist Club.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This month the Gresham Optimists will meet on October 29, 6:30 pm at Burgerville, 2975 NE Hogan, Gresham. In addition to being the evening meeting location, Burgerville will donate 10 percent of all sales plus 25 cents for every pumpkin or caramel apple smoothie that is purchased between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm to the Gresham Optimist Club.
Come on out for a fun and rewarding Optimist good time.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Optimist Clubs come together four times a year for District Meetings to share ideas and resources, receive training specific to Optimist Club administration and share fellowship. Optimist Club presidents are members of the District Board of Directors and help guide the activities and mission of the district.
This year we plan to provide on-the-ground assistance to clubs to help you build your membership and generate awareness for all that you do. We hope to hear from you about how we can help you at home in your local community. Please click to enlarge.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
On Saturday, October 11, the Optimist Club of Beaverton, Oregon participated in a playground project with the Tualitin Parks and Recreation Department. One afternoon, one playground. Enjoy the photos from Alan Zehntbauer, Lt. Governor, Zone 4, PNW District - Optimist International and Beaverton Optimist Club member.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Our first stop was in the Portland area where we visited the Gresham Optimist Club led by President Don Weston. It was a busy morning for the Gresham group as they had two guest speakers and me! I very quickly said hello, presented Zone 5 Lt. Governor Bertie Slauson with her official lt. governor pin and then sat down to enjoy the program. Student of the month Nche Omyima explained that her success as a student was largely inspired by her parents encouragement to do her best. She was followed by another well-spoken young woman Kayla McGannon, Advocacy Director for Stand for Children who discussed solutions for keeping children in school.
We left Gresham enroute to our primary destination of the Bay Area Optimist Club of Coos Bay to attend a NOW activity. It was so hard to drive by the Optimist Clubs of Albany, Lebanon and Salem, but I was too afraid that I would be late for my commitment in Coos Bay at 5:00 pm. It turned out that we made a wise choice as we we arrived just in time to prepare the presentation and create some enthusiasm with the Coos Bay Optimists. We hope our efforts will garner 3 or 4 new members.
The next morning we were on to the Optimist Club of Roseburg where they graciously allowed me to speak to my heart's content. It was so much fun meeting with them. Led by President Kelly Jantzen, they were by far the youngest group of Optimist Club members that we had the honor to meet on this trip and truly represent the upcoming leadership of our district. I hope to see them and all of my new Optimist friends at all of our district meetings.
How did our trip end? Right at 60 hours later we were home after a whirlwind of Optimism. I promise to spend more time on my next visits and I am looking forward to meeting more Optimist Club members very soon. Until then it is up to you to Inspire Optimism in your community and in your club. ~ Linda Jackson, Governor, PNW District - Optimist International
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hello world! Does it look different to you today? Did you wake up grateful and full of positive energy?
In the Pacific Northwest, our seasons have changed. Yesterday there was a touch of snow, 9 inches, in Eastern Idaho and there were tsunami warnings along the Oregon Coast. It was even the day where we went from air conditioning in the morning to the furnace at night. Today, the sun is shining brightly heralding a beautiful fall day. We know the seasons are marching on. Our lives are moving forward. Our passions are glowing brighter.
Over the past couple of weeks and for a few days more, we've had the pleasure share our love of Optimist Clubs as we welcomed new officers to their respective leadership positions within our Optimist Clubs. Today, we share that same spirit with the new officers and district chairpersons of the PNW District . We offer our assistance to you and your club as you lead your community to do great things. We offer you encouragement as you inspire children to reach for their full potential. And most of all, we wish you joy as we move forward into a new year of positive actions and deeds with our Optimist Clubs.
Thank you for giving of yourself in service through your Optimist Club. As you go forward in the new Optimist year, inspire others with your enthusiasm; make your Optimist Club your favorite thing.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thank you to our 2008-2009 PNW District Governor Peter Smith and his team of Lt. Governors, Committee Chairs and all of the retiring Optimist Club presidents in British Columbia, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. You rock!
Friday, September 25, 2009
As part of the event, apples from the tree will be given away as well as tree cuttings - one per household - while supplies last. The festival will be held at Old Apple Tree Park, located on Columbia Way just east of Interstate 5 Bridge.
Activities at the festival include live music, children's activities, pruning classes, ask the arborist, and the Optimist Club baking contest. How fun and tasty! Download a flyer for the baking contest here.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
All events will take place at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel on July 8-10, 2010. Convention registration will be open soon, but just to get you into the spirit, please take a look at the photo gallery of the 2009 Optimist International Convention. You'll see a lot of eating, walking across the stage, and "speachifying," but look closely at the smiles, cameraderie and hope that you gain from sharing your Optimist spirit with others who share similar stories and ideals. It's refreshing.
Photo: Optimist International President Don and Anita Sievers perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 2009 Optimist International Convention at the Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, FL.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
At the district level we do the same thing and as we look forward to the new year we continue to work hard and plan activities so that your club can be engaged. It with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the next district meeting on October 30-31, 2009 in Coquitlam, BC. Please register online now or download the registration form and mail to your district secretary/treasurer.
Some things to look forward to:
- Meet our regional vice president Mark Weinsoff as he inducts all club presidents as members of the district board of directors
- Review and accept the district policies and new budget
- Sessions on how to recruit and retain members
- Discover why giving to the Optimist International Foundations is important to you
- Learn all you need to know to conduct the Optimist Essay, Oratorical, CCDHH and Junior Golf Championships at the Optimist Club level
- Dress up for the Halloween Party!
PNW Optimist Club members are known for their fellowship; we know how to have a good time and we will be having a good time in Coquitlam. Club presidents and secretary/treasurers - don't come alone. Please bring your Membership, Fellowship, Bulletin, and Publicity Chairs and your Club Foundation Rep. We hope to see all of you there!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Beaverton Optimist Club has awarded the scholarship for 15 years in honor of the late Dean Mitchell, a former club officer who was interested in public safety.
The club meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays in the Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Optimist Clubs of Boise Noon and Nampa have both developed large football complexes in their communities and the Boise Noon Club has reached out to bring other communities into the program including the Optimist Clubs of Emmett, Horseshoe Bend, McCall, and Mountain Home. The teams are coached by Optimist members and the concessions are manned by Optimist members. In Boise, the concession trade has become so large that even the neighboring Meridian Optimist Club has taken on a trailer to assist their friends and make some money in the process.
So for the next eight Saturdays, these clubs will be super-busy. If you would like to volunteer with the Optimist Football program, please send me a message and I will forward it to the club of your choice or take a look at the websites for direct contact information:
Photo of the Kituku Warriors, a team in the Boise Noon Optimist Football program.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The event is an 18-hole scramble with check-in beginning at 11:00 a.m. and tee-off at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee: $100 for adults and $75 for players 18 and under. Mulligans will be available at three for $10 per player. There is also a putting contest for $5, save a stroke string for $5, or all three specials are $15 (save $5) .
Form your own four-person team or put one together at the event! Register online now at http://www.hillsboro-optimists.org/.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Being asked to serve is always an honor and for several years, Ed has frequently declined saying not yet. In his acceptance speech he explained why he chose to accept the opportunity at this time. According to Ed, he has been a part of an Optimist Club for forty-three years through his grandfather, father and uncle and personal membership. While reminiscing through his uncle's old photo albums and scrapbooks earlier this year, he realized that life can sometimes be short or take us in other directions so the time to step up to the next level of Optimist leadership was now.
We are happy that Ed figured out what many have known for some time and welcome him to the 2009-2010 Executive Board. Best wishes to Ed and all Optimist leaders for success.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Would you like to give back something to your community?
Do you want to help children develop positive attitudes?
Would you like to help children reach their full potential?
Do you want to share your optimism with others?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you owe it to yourself to become a part of an Optimist Club. Please send us an email now and we'll help you get started.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Watch for updates, or better yet...join Facebook today and you'll get updates from a great number of your PNW Optimist friends. Find us here. It's 2009! Join the social media brigade.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Optimist Club has pledged support to the Family Readiness Group for family activities during their family member's deployment.
Read more about the project at Oregon.com.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Here is the scoop: Rocky Jackson, Ron Petersen and I have been walking the streets talking about starting a new Optimist Club in the Eagle community. We have the green light from the mayor, we have spoken with hundreds of business owners and residents and we are now poised for our first formal informational meeting. It will be held on Thursday, August 6 at the Willowcreek Grill, 1065 Winding Creek Road, Eagle, ID.
At that time we hope to wow them with all the fantastic projects that an Optimist Club can perform. We also want to hear from them just how they think an Optimist Club will enrich their community. We'd love to hear from everyone! Please send me a message if you are interested in participating or just join us at 7:00 pm, August 6. I can't wait to meet you!
Are you an Optimist Club member in the PNW District that is ready to overcome their fear of starting a new club? Please give Rocky a call and he will help get you started today. 208-870-3414.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
What some may view as a fund raiser may actually be the glue that holds both a club and a community together. Optimist Club members are always invigorated when they work together on a project and one where they raise money to carry out other projects provides a big bonus to the feel good factor. But most important, when service clubs get involved in community activities they provide manpower, momentum and marketing. That's good old word of mouth marketing that I'm talking about! When you volunteer at an event, you talk about it and invite your family and friends to participate. They talk about it to others and soon everyone is involved.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Boise Noon Optimist Club has always been an active service club. They are widely known for the Optimist Football program and have partnered with the City of Boise to develop the mult-million dollar youth sports complex on Hill Road. More than 8,000 students participate in the football, soccer and cheerleading program each year. The Boise Noon Optimist Club has also shared the football progam with surrounding communities and helped start Optimist Clubs in Nampa, Emmett, Horseshoe Bend, and Mountain Home.
The Boise Noon Optimist Club is an active participant in Optimist International programs including the essay and oratorical scholarship contests and the Childhood Cancer Campaign. They participate at the District level and share their enthusiasm and knowledge with others. Congratulations for your accomplishments and thank you for your service.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
At the District level, our service doubles during the summer months. It is really a unique time as there are two administration teams in place ready to help your club succeed. The veteran team has been serving you all year long. Those lieutenant governors and district chairpersons have been there for you, ready and able to answer your questions and your district officers have hopefully been inspiring you to success.
In May, we elected a new team of lieutenant governors and in your clubs, you have elected new officers for the 2009-2010 administrative year. Let’s call them the rookie team. Our rookie team is full of fresh energy and ideas. No one has told them it can’t be done so be sure to include them in the final months of this administrative year so there is constant energy and enthusiasm for what we do as Optimists.
Attend the PNW District Convention
Right now is an exciting time for your Optimist Club and the PNW District. We replenish and reenergize ourselves and I have found that the best way to refuel our Optimistic spirit is by attending the PNW District Convention. The convention is being held in Boise Idaho, August 20-22, 2009 at the Doubletree Riverside. Some highlights include:
Thursday - For those who arrive early, you can choose to golf or take a jet-boat exploration through the Snake River Canyon and the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. In the evening we will welcome International President Designate Mark Shriver IV and his spouse and first lady Patricia McKay, M.D. during our opening session and meet our candidates for governor-elect for 2010-2011.
Friday – Newly elected officers will receive training. There are special sessions all day for presidents-elect, secretary/treasurers-elect and lieutenant governors-elect. It is important for you to attend these sessions even if you have been an officer before. There are new ideas, new promotions and new ways of looking at things. Nothing is off-limits for discussion. A new year of transparency and communication begins here! Spouses and guests may enjoy a trip to the Idaho Botanical Garden and in the evening we will all travel to the Boise Noon Optimist Football Complex for our annual Optimist District barbecue.
Saturday – Start off the day with a flashback to the ‘50s. You won’t know if you want to eat or dance when the jukebox starts playing your favorite songs and then we’ll jitterbug right into our District Board Meeting where we elect our governor-elect for 2010-2011 and a third team of enthusiastic Optimists join in our administration to make us strong and our service continuous. There will be more opportunities for networking and learning throughout the day before we head into the Governor’s Banquet and installation of officers for our coming year.
It is a bittersweet moment when our convention comes to a close. We are both happy and sad for it marks the passing of another year. We are so blessed as Optimists that we mark our time with service and gratitude. Please don’t miss this time that we share together. Join us in Boise for this very positive time of transition.
Register online for the PNW District Optimist Convention now.
Picture: Cindi Wall, President of the Boise Noon Optimist Club can't wait to welcome you to Boise.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Optimist Club of Hillsboro, Oregon hosted the US qualifier for the PNW District to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships on June 22. As of this writing, seven young golfers will advance to the tournament:
- Bryce Wortman 10-11 Klamath Falls
- Dylan Wu 12-13 Medford
- Max Carter 14-15 Lake Oswego
- Calvin Green 16-18 Springfield
- Dominic Divito 16-18 Gresham
- Monica Vaughn 14-15 Reedsport
- Aaren Ziegler 16-18 Canby
This is the third year that the Hillsboro Optimists have hosted this event. Thanks for making it happen for the kids.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
According to a club spokesperson, they hope to "make a whole bunch of money we can put back into the kids in the neighborhood." Some of the projects they perform each year are Family Safety Day, the Halloween Spook-tacular and Respect for the Law Banquet.
The fireworks sold at the stand are all legal, but the club cautions that you still need to take the necessary precautions when lighting them off to prevent injuries and fires.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Mark placed first in the boys 16-17 division with a score of 75. Ian place second with a score of 79. In boys 14-15 division, Jacob Adams placed first with a round of 87.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This is the perfect time to start an Optimist Club! Why do you ask? Because it is a time when we can best display our need. Parents want their kids to do something fruitful for the summer months and Optimists provide positive programs for children.
Consider a starting an Optimist Club in your neighborhood subdivision. Your new club could hold recreation days in the park for kids to shoot hoops and play. Your new club might get the children involved in a neighborhood clean-up program or volunteer to walk dogs for residents who are away at work during the day. Your new Optimist Club could host a neighborhood garage sale or car wash for fund raisers. Or think about this activity and fund raiser all in one: plant a community garden!
Think how a new Optimist Club in your subdivision would boost neighborhood pride, friendships and fun. Visit http://www.newoptimistclub.com/ to find out how to get started today.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The event was a combination tournament for the Canadian Junior Golf Association and the Optimist International Junior Golf program. Qualifiers were determined to advance to both The Optimist at the PGA National Resort and Spa and the Junior World of Golf Championships at Torrey Pines.
Taking first place honors for The Optimist qualifier were Curtis Chan, Boys 14 and under, Jared Hundza, Boys, 15-19 and Jae Hee Choi, Girls division. See the complete results of the tournament here.
The US qualifier for the PNW District will be held on June 22 in Hillsboro, OR.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
According to Optimist board member Jill Hanson, the idea to donate helmets came from a visit she took to a fire station in Douglas County a few years ago. She saw a youngster come in and ask for a helmet. The fireman helped the child pick out the size and color that he wanted.
An idea was born! As an Optimist Club member, she saw that an opportunity existed to start a great program within the community. She spoke to Fire Department Chief Gibson who said they didn't have such a program so she explained to him, I belong to the Optimist Club , we're for youth, [let's do] it together."
The club has donated 1,250 helmets over six years. Free helmets are available at the Coos Bay Fire Department every day between 9 am and 7 pm.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Optimist Clubs in South Central Idaho are busy folks! You know who you are - those crazy Jerome and Twin Falls volunteers. This weekend they are spreading themselves a little bit thin. According to Angie Bridge, email updater extraordinaire for Jerome, this weekend they will be:
- Hosting the Special Needs Fishing Derby on Friday, May 15 at Martin Farms
- Participating in the Relay for Life "There's No Place Like Hope" event at Twin Falls County Fair Grounds in Filer on Friday and Saturday (it runs through the night)
- Sending representatives to the PNW District Meeting in Hood River, OR on May 15-16
- Getting ready for the Jerome HS Senior Lock-in
- Electing club officers
- Sharing optimism and enthusiasm with every person they meet
And how do they do all of this? With a smile, of course! Thank you so much for all you do in your communities!
Monday, May 11, 2009
The issues that will be debated at the business sessions are now available at:
Find out more about the candidates running for international offices and discuss the proposed amendments with your club. As Optimist Club members, we determine the direction of our organization. It's our responsibility to read up and act on the issues.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Following Optimist International protocol, all club elections should be completed and reported to the District and International offices by May 20. Your club can make the report online at the PNW District website or by mail, fax or email with the Optimist International officer elect form.
Early elections allow the incoming officers to receive training and orientation at the International and District Conventions. It also helps provide a smooth transition from one year to the next. Make sure your future leaders are part of the team. Recognize them early and get them involved.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Have you made your plans to attend the Optimist International Convention? It is being held in Orlando this year - a real family vacation destination - on July 8-11.
Highlights include orientation and training sessions for all incoming officers for clubs and districts, personal development workshops, and terrific Optimist fellowship for all to enjoy at all functions.
Of course the overarching purpose of our gathering is to participate in the governance of the organization. Every club should consider sending their club president and president-elect so they may represent your club at the business sessions and participate in all voting that will take place.
One issue that has been proposed is to increase Optimist International due by $10 per member. Other issues will be announced soon and may be found at www.optimist.org or www.optimistleaders.org.
Talk about it at your next club meeting and make your plans to attend. Early bird registration has been extended to May 11.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
One hundred and eighteen young anglers participated and awards were given to the top three fishermen in categories 6 and younger, 7 to 10 and 11-16 age groups for the heaviest fish.
According to Optimist fishing derby officials, all other fish caught were trout that had been stocked in the lake a few days earlier. The catfish was 1 lb 8 oz. and the top trout was 1 lb 6 oz.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Take a look: http://www.optimist.org/. If you haven't scanned our official "home base" in a while, please take some time to tour the website while you are there and refresh yourself about the great programs and projects that Optimist International promotes on behalf of your Optimist Club.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Nicer project: The Optimist Club of Gresham, Oregon is hosting an Optimist Walk/Run Fundraiser for YOUR YOUTH PROJECT on May 9.
Check out the flyer for full details, but in brief, the Gresham Optimist Club Walk/Run Fundraiser is designed to help all youth-serving non-profit organizations raise money for their own cause. Participants should create their own groups and collect pledges and all money collected, minus a small organizing fee, will be given to the organization of your choice.
We can create more awareness for our causes when we share the responsibility, fun, and sometimes hassle, of raising money. I'm looking forward to learning the outcome of this collaborative effort.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Youth Free Swim Nights are every Friday from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, May 1 to August 21 at the Mission Leisure Center. What a great way to keep our kids safe and active on Friday night!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here is a great way to link your name or to honor someone you respect with some of the greatest activities that Optimist International performs. Make a gift to the Optimist International Foundations to endow a scholarship.
Starting in 2010, the prizes for the Optimist Oratorical, Essay and CCDHH scholarship contests will raise to $2,500. In order to help make the change, the Optimist International Foundations have created an opportunity for donors to name the scholarship that they fund. Naming a scholarship may happen in one of two ways:
- An agreement to fund the $2,500 scholarship annually for a five-year period. The donor signs a contract specifying payment for the upcoming year no later than December 31 of the previous year.
- An agreement to fund an endowment of $50,000 to permanently fund one $2,500 scholarship. Again, the donor signs a contractual agreement.
Find out more by contacting the Optimist International Foundation at 800-500-8130 and asking for Judi Smith, Executive Director or Rachael Lowes, Development Director. This opportunity is available through the St. Louis Office for all Foundations that support Optimist International.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The PNW Optimists will gather for the third quarterly meeting on May 15-16 in Hood River, Oregon. You won't want to miss the District Optimist Oratorical Finals. This year's topic is "For me, Optimism is..." so I'm looking forward to some positive thoughts from our young public speakers.
We also elect our Lt. Governors for the 2009-2010 administrative year at this meeting. Are you ready to share your passion about Optimist Clubs? Being a Lt. Governor is the best way to get started and learn to share your Optimist story. Let the candidate qualifications committee know of your interest today.
Governor Peter Smith and his team are planning an informative and enjoyable meeting. See you there.