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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Right here, right now!

right here right now optimistTwenty-four PNW District Optimist Club members gathered with more than 1,000 others in New Orleans, LA for the 97th Annual Optimist International Convention, July 9-11, 2015.  They came from all points of the district, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington and were inspired by the urgent call to action to bring Optimist Clubs to our communities, right here, right now.

Ratified by a resolution submitted by Santa Barbara Northside Optimist Club, International President Ken Garner and International President Designate Dave Bruns were joined in introducing a new branding statement for the organization: Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.

In addition to the great turnout of members, the PNW District was well represented by West Coast leaders as well. The PNW District is home to a trio of Optimist International Vice Presidents: 2014-2015 - Ed Murphy; 2015-2016 - Linda Vaught; and 2016-2017 - Bill French.

Led by Governor Dick Disney, the PNW District was recognized as one of 17 districts that currently have net membership growth, helping the organization inch ever closer to its goal of 100,000 members by the 100th anniversary.

Convention attendees are energized and will bring their enthusiasm and new ideas to their home clubs and to the PNW District Convention, August 13-15, 2015 and President Ken, First Lady Patsy and Governor Dick are looking forward to seeing you there.

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PNW Optimist District Dinner at 97th Annual
Optimist International Convention

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