Larry Blackburn was elected to serve as Governor-elect for 2011-2012. He will become Governor in 2012-2013.
Bill French was sworn into office as Governor for 2011-2012, along with his lieutenant governors and two most recent past governors, to begin service on October 1, 2011.
|Sue and Jack Creswell|
Sue Creswell, Optimist International Certified Trainer and first lady-to-be presented training to incoming officers along with Jack and the PNW Leadership Development team.
A barbecue was held at "Ed's Lake" a mere thirty minute drive from the hotel where the group was mesmerized by the young musicians, the Daus Brothers, and enjoyed boat rides, good food, and great company.
Of course, Governor Ed presided over the official business of the convention leading the shortest Board of Directors meeting in PNW District history.
|Teresa and Fred Wallace|
Even though the election was already in the bag, Larry Blackburn was caught politicking at the Old Timer's Breakfast where he and Flo gave us a look at what it was like to live 100 years as an Idaho potato farmer. (sometimes you just have to be there)
At the governor's awards dinner, Fred Wallace was honored with the Roy Proctor Award for Lifetime Service to the PNW District.
|Bill French, Larry Krangle, Ed Murphy|
We were honored to meet a number of first-timers to our district convention. We hope they will all return to see us often.
And the final meeting of the year would not have been complete without a missing bell and gavel. First-timer Becky Holm of the Roseburg Optimist Club proved she was part of the district family by holding "Belle" for ransom and texting the governor to prompt a donation to the Optimist International Foundation for her safe return.
Following are a number of photos from the event. We'd love to add your pictures to the album too. Please mail them to the PNW District Blog. Thanks for sharing!