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Friday, March 13, 2009

PNW Optimists regional meetings come to a close

PNW Optimists gathered on Saturday, March 7 for the third and final regional meeting for the second quarter of the 2008-2009 admnistrative year. Almost forty members celebrated the successes of their Optimist Clubs in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The hospitality was first-rate thanks to Robin Stanhope and her posse - a combined group of Twin Falls and Jerome Optimist Club members sometimes known as the Jerome Falls Optimist Club. Other highlights were:
  • Governor Peter Smith honored the Meridian Optimist Club for first quarter membership growth
  • Immediate Past Governor Steve Andersen recognized the Meridian Optimist Club and the Nampa Optimist Club for being Honor Clubs in 2007-2008
  • Wayne Bohrn was recognized by Past Governor Steve for his outstanding service to the Optimist International Foundation

  • Lt. Governors Traci Brandenbourg, Ken Wall (represented honorably by Cindi Wall), and Kirk Farnsworth gave zone updates

  • Luree Evans, President, Twin Falls Optimist Club, showed a great club video prepared by one of the Twin Falls members for recruiting new members
  • Linda Jackson, Governor-elect encouraged clubs to hold elections and submit reports. She also gave a presentation on how happiness encourages membership growth
The next meeting of our distinguished group of Optimists will be on May 15-16 in Hood River, Oregon. Register today and be a part of the worldwide movement to bring out the best in kids.


Please click on pictures to enlarge (left to right): Entertainment from local students, a picture of the group, Dr. Tom Hammond and Sue Thompson relax after eating giant potatoes, Steve Andersen and Wayne Bohrn pose for the Foundation photo, Mike Grey and Steve Andersen celebrate the Nampa Honor Club award.