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Friday, April 20, 2012

New Twist for NOW

Click and choose page 10.
Governor Bill French sent a message to the PNW District Optimist Clubs yesterday encouraging them to each host a NOW - New Optimists Welcome - event. But what he was really doing was drawing the attention of our lieutenant governors to the successful model for membership growth being utilized in the California South District.

What is it?
NOW activities for an entire zone! 

Instead of each club hosting individual events, the lieutenant governor and governor has helped the clubs come together for a bigger and more successful joint activity. The existing clubs find camaraderie and support from other members and they are all able to showcase their signature events for the guests. Guests can then choose what inspires them or choose to associate with the club that is closest to their work or home.

According to Cal South Governor Charles Pease, it all began with a planning committee. The committee garnered the commitment of the zone and then helped secure the date, location and coordinate the meeting.

Booths were set up, trade show style, to showcase Optimist Club projects, and wine and cheese were served to the guests as they mingled with Optimist Club members.

Five new members joined immediately and more followed. As of this writing, the Cal South District is in first place for growth for Optimist International with +49 members.

Please read all about it in the Spring Optimist Magazine, pages 10-11.

Click here for the online version.                     Click here for the PDF in Google docs. 

Click here to request help from Governor Bill French.