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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Angelina Zhang advances to Optimist International Oratorical World Championships

Angelina Zhang has advanced to the finals of the Optimist International Oratorical World Championships. The finals will be held Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. PST at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

optimist international oratorical world championships
Screen grab of Angelina Zhang learning that
she has won the West Coast Regional

Angelina is participating remotely from a location in British Columbia. Sponsored by the Vancouver, BC Optimist Club, she won the PNW District Optimist International contest on April 30 and secured a $2,500 scholarship. Her win in the regional contest held June 23 has earned her an additional $5,000 scholarship. In the finals, she will compete against eight other regional winners for an additional $15,000 scholarship prize.

The students competing in the finals are:

  • Northeast & Great Lakes Region - Sean Domencic, Atlantic Central District
  • Southeast Region - Justice Hill, South Carolina District
  • Mid-Atlantic Region - William Zupp, North Carolina West District
  • Middle America Region - Cameron Tyler, East Missouri District
  • Great Plains Region - Grant Caldwell, Southern Wisconsin District
  • Southwest Region - Dawt Sung, North Texas District
  • West Coast Region - Angelina Zhang, Pacific Northwest District
  • St. Lawrence Region - Maryme Auger, Quebec Central District
  • Global Region - Pallovi Romen, Belize

To watch the finals, please go to http://www.optimist.org/stream.cfm, 8:00 a.m. PST, June 24, 2016.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

McCall Optimist Club gets noticed by Stephen Colbert

On June 17, 2016, the McCall Optimist Club got a little national attention from Aaron Paul and the Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. During its Community Calendar segment, viewers were invited to attend a meeting on Tuesdays, 7:00 a.m. at the Pancake House. That's right Stephen - there are no pessimists in town.

Let this clip serve as a reminder that you never know who is reading the community calendar in your town. Be sure you're advertising and inviting new members to visit and join, right here, right now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Recruit your way to Honor Club

optimist international honor clubSince October 1, 2015, one hundred and two new members have joined Optimist Clubs in the Pacific Northwest District. Those new members have been added to twenty-six of the district's forty-seven active Optimist Clubs. That means that just under half of the clubs in the district have not taken steps to reach Honor Club.

You might remember that the 2014-2015 Optimist Club year focused on the positive benefits of your Optimist Club reaching Honor Club status. Among them was a commitment to fellow club members, the community, youth and ourselves that we were going to be around for a long time.

Honor Club is a minimum achievement with maximum benefits. Here are the requirements for the 2015-2016 Optimist International administrative year:
  • Conduct three or more service projects
  • Meet financial obligations with Optimist International and the District
  • Recognize a community or club member as an outstanding Optimist, Friend of Youth, or other honor. Report the recognition on this form.
  • Complete the President's Pride Report. Complete the President's Pride online at www.optimistleaders.org or by downloading the form here
  • End the year with one or more members than it started with (net +1) 
Currently, as of June 15, 2016, the Optimist Clubs that are on track to receive Honor Club are
Zone 1 British Columbia  
Vancouver, BC +1
Zone 2  Idaho 
Horseshoe Bend, ID +2
Meridian, ID  +1
McCall, ID +2
Nampa, ID +1 
Zone 3 Oregon 
Albany, OR +3
Beaverton, OR +1
Lebanon, OR +15
Portland Northeast, OR +2
Portland Peninsula, OR +6
Roseburg, OR +6 
Zone 4 Washington 
Issaquah, WA +1
Share-a-Smile, WA +1
Optimist International recognizes members who have sponsored 3 or more new members into an Optimist Club. The recent Leadership Hotline recognized the following members for their recruitment efforts:
  • Jim McDaniel, Lebanon Optimist Club
  • Helen Ramsdell, Lebanon Optimist Club
  • John Teuscher, Portland Peninsula Optimist Club
  • William Tucker, Lebanon Optimist Club
  • Linda Vaught Disney, Share-A-Smile Optimist Club

This is your call to action! Follow their lead. Sponsor a new member - or three - into your Optimist Club and help make a difference in your community by being an Optimist Honor Club.

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