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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Optimist International Convention takes place this week

The 99th Annual Optimist International Convention will launch this week, July 6-8, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. About 1,000 Optimist Club members will attend and lend their voices to the governance of the organization.

On the schedule are learning sessions for club and district officers, committee chairs, and general members and the business sessions which honor past leaders and introduce future leaders. Additionally, all attendees will meet with other Optimist Club members for the camaraderie and inspiration of sharing our mutual cause of optimism.

Four amendments to the Optimist International bylaws will be considered:

  • Issue 1 - Dues and Fees - simplifies language, emphasizes policy, and changes the tier 1, 2, and 3 countries to developing and non-developing countries.
  • Issue 2 - Reserve Membership - eliminates the category of membership called Reserve Membership.
  • Issue 3 - Friend of Optimist - places the Friend of Optimist member as a category of membership and then exempts the category from club board of directors' actions.
  • Issue 4 - District Secretary/Treasurer - removes the restriction adopted at the 2016 Optimist International Convention that an individual may not serve as District Secretary/Treasurer for more than three consecutive years. 
Some events will be streamed live from the convention including the Optimist International Board of Directors meeting, July 5, 2017; the Opening Ceremonies, July 6, 2017, and the Business Sessions, July 7 and 8, 2017.

Watch online at this link.

See the full convention program at this link. 

Twenty PNW District Optimist Club members are pre-registered to attend including Ben DeRemer who has been selected as part of the Leadership Academy.  Be sure to talk to them about their experience and find out what they've learned that will help Optimist Clubs be more successful in our local communities and region.