"I want to be your president," said Larry Highley at the recent Boise Noon Optimist Club meeting. The meeting was held in the evening, and it is only one of the ways that the Boise Noon Club is trying to attract new members. Another way is to put less emphasis on running a sports facility and more emphasis on holding programs for kids. That will be Larry's direction when, and if, he is elected.
Veteran members know that having someone stand up and say that they want to be your Optimist Club president doesn't happen all that often. That's why election season starts now! It is time for your Optimist Club to convene a search committee, ask your members if they have a vision and a reason for being involved in the Optimist Club, and then nominate them to a leadership position.
Optimist International asks that officer-elect reports be submitted to them (online at optimistleaders.org) by May 20 each year. The reason for early election reporting is so that the officers-elect have the opportunity to plan to attend the international convention in July and the district convention in August. The conventions will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio and McCall, Idaho, respectively. Turning in your report also allows Optimist International and the district to begin to communicate with the incoming officers and ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next.
Do it now! Get started on your club officer elections and listen for fresh voices and new, proactive ideas that will keep your club moving forward in service to its members and community.