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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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In Boise, the greatest thing about being an optimist is not football

The Boise Noon Optimist Club is well known for its football program. It's not as widely known that its members also provide a support system to the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) at St. Luke's Children's Hospital where they meet needs as requested by the nurses and social workers for the children being treated for life-threatening illnesses and their families. One such need is a summer picnic. In her thoughts about what the greatest thing about being an optimist is, Dyan Graybeal recalls her first MSTI picnic.

Sue Oliver, Dyan Graybeal and friends
Sue and Dyan were co-presidents
of the Boise Noon Optimist Club
Photo courtesy of Walt Callahan
The first day we had a picnic for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital MSTI, the child life specialists, nurses and doctors had an opportunity to mingle and not serve and lead games. The Boise Noon Optimist Club was there to provide food and serve, lead games and crafts an d provide assistance. The families got to meet and greet, play and visit. It was heartwarming to us all. That was 2007 and we still do it today.

        ~Dyan Graybeal, Boise Noon Optimist Club
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