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Monday, April 21, 2014

Chehalis-Centralia Optimist Club celebrates April Pools Day

Chehalis-Centralia Optimist Club members
At the indoor Bike Rodeo

Easter signifies that the seasons have changed and the warm weather makes us want to get outside and play. Of course, April showers sometimes interferes with our best-laid plans, but if you're an Optimist Club, you don't let a little thing like rain get you down. You adapt!

And that is exactly what the Chehalis-Centralia Optimist Club did. On April 19, the day of their publicized and anticipated April Pools Day and Bike Rodeo, the rain moved the celebration indoors at Thorbeckes FitLife Aquatic Center.
Girls Bike Winner!

According to the Centralia-Chehalis Optimist Club, the day was a big success. "One heck of a good time was had by all," claims its Facebook page. For the Bike Rodeo, over 60 kids enjoyed an indoor imaginary bike ride and were tested on their safe biking skills. The club also gave away 2 children's bikes in a raffle.

For April Pools, the kids went swimming, played in a float boat, finished a coloring contest and visited with officers from the police and fire departments.
Boys Bike Winner!

The Optimist Club and Thorbeckes worked together to ensure the children had a great time and the smiles demonstrated to the community just how fun it is to belong to this great group of caring adults.

Visit the Chehalis-Centralia Optimist Club on Facebook for more pictures.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lebanon Optimists reach out to the community

As I've mentioned here before, the Optimist Club of Lebanon, Oregon is growing. Members say that the reason for their growth is that they are truly optimistic. At its meetings, members share good news and encourage each other to personal and professional success.

I'm sure that reason is true, but there is a little more to it and this post that I found on its Facebook page today demonstrated how they are reaching out to the community and sparking interest in their club. Today, they are at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo. They are explaining their projects, describing how they benefit the community and sharing that optimism that makes an Optimist Club the best choice for volunteering that there is.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nominations Open for the Roy Proctor Lifetime Achievement Award

From Annette Smith 

The Roy Proctor Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an Optimist or Optimists for lifetime service to the Pacific Northwest District. This award recognizes individuals who have given outstanding and ongoing service to the District. It is not intended for the hundreds of outstanding Optimists who serve their clubs and communities but do not participate at the district level. The award is intended to honour a living individual, or individuals, rather than to be a memorial award.

Award recipients must meet all three of the following criteria:
  1. Having given at least 10 years of service to the District, which does NOT need to include having served as a district officer; AND 
  2. Having built a new club or having consistently brought in new members over his Optimist career or having served as District Foundation Representative; AND 
  3. Having provided inspiration and motivation to fellow Optimists.
A selection committee comprised of previous Roy Proctor Award winners meets annually at the Third Quarter District Meeting to choose the recipient(s), whose award(s) will be presented at the District Convention. The selection committee chooses from nominees submitted by Pacific Northwest District Optimists.

Nominations for the Roy Proctor Award are now open. All nominations must be received by May 1, 2014. Send written nominations describing how the nominee meets the foregoing criteria to Annette Smith (annettesmith@shaw.ca) on or before May 1.
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