Sunday, March 29, 2009
Here's a tip from the Morganton, North Carolina Optimist Club. Make your club's anniversary date a special day every year by proclaiming it Optimist Day. For Morgantown, that day is today, March 29. With a proclamation from Mayor Mel Cohen, the day recognizes the Morganton Optimist Club for the vast achievements and impact the organization has had in the local communities. The proclamation and the News Herald in Morganton goes on to describe the projects and activities that serve the community, benefit children and makes Morganton a better place to live.
What a simple act - yet worthy of plenty word of mouth marketing and lots of stories in print. Why not make it an Optimist Club Day in your town soon?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It was no surprise to get a press release announcing their club winner. According to Club Essay Chairman Paul Demars, Gretchen Stroh, a Senior at Stillaguamish Valley School in Arlington, WA submitted the winning essay on the "Power of Youth." Please click on the link to read the full story.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Club presidents and bulletin editors, this message is especially for you! Let's help our members learn the lingo. Let's start talking about and writing about all of those words that are unique to Optimist International and service in our Optimist Club. Jean Jensen, editor of the Gresham Optigraph is one step ahead of us. In the March edition she explains a few club and district keywords. What a great tool for new and veteran members alike!
Here's a quick start on your own Optimist dictionary:
- CFR: Club Foundation Representative - A person appointed by the president of an Optimist Club to encourage charitable giving to the Optimist International Foundation.
- CPA: Community Projects Award program - A scrapbook that outlines a program or project conducted by an Optimist Club. It includes a step-by-step plan, budget and pictures of the project and is submitted to the District for awards purposes. Most important it stays in the Club's library for the next chairman to use for the project.
- CRA: Club Roster Adjustment - a form completed by the Club Secretary/Treasurer to add or delete members or to update members' contact information.
- Governor: The Chief Elected Official of the District.
- Honor Club: A recognition given to Optimist Clubs for administrative excellence and club growth in membership and service. Honor Club status means your club is serving your community with an expectation of service extending into the future.
- Lt. Governor: The locally elected official representing a zone.
- Zone: Clubs that are grouped together in a geographic region.
- President's Pride Report: Your Club's annual report that summarizes everything that has been accomplished during the year.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
- 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
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Here is one way to add a signature line in MS Outlook:
- Choose "Create new message"
- In the toolbar of the new message dialogue box choose "Insert"
- From the drop down menu choose "Signature"
- In the signature dialogue box choose "New"
- Write your signature and choose "Save"
Choose default signature for "New messages" if you want your signature on every message you send
- Click on "Save" and "Ok" to return to the create new message window
Thursday, March 5, 2009
NOW, or New Optimists Wanted, is a tried and true program that works. I believe the program is successful because:
It has a personal touch. People are invited and encouraged to attend a NOW event.
It creates excitement. Optimist members are passionate about the projects their club performs. A NOW event puts that excitement together in a structured form and allows us to share our enthusiasm
It creates urgency. The keyword is NOW. Your presentation should emphasize that your prospective members are wanted and needed now. You can close the deal and attract more Optimists when that
need is relayed to others.
NOW events come in all shapes and sizes. Some clubs choose a dinner format while others are informal networking events. It's up to you to know your audience well enough to choose what will make them feel the most comfortable. One word of caution: don't do something that you wouldn't do in a regular meeting. You want your new members to find a similar atmosphere when they share their time with other club members on a regular basis.
Every club needs new members to rejuvenate club activities, revitalize club meetings, and help us renew our promise to provide more service to more kids through our Optimist Club. Are you ready? Hold your NOW event now.