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Monday, September 15, 2014

Register now for the First Quarter Meeting in Hood River

Hood River Inn 

As one Optimist International administrative year approaches its close, another waits in the wings to take flight. Now is the time to make your plans to attend the First Quarter District Meeting.

This year the First Quarter District Meeting will take place on October 24-25, 2014 in Hood River, Oregon.

Make your hotel reservations before October 1:
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031
Reservations: 800.828.7873 or 541.386.2200
Hotel pricing cutoff date is October 1, 2014. 
Rooms $99, $109 and $119 plus tax.

Governor Designate Dick Disney and District S/T Emma Ball would appreciate your early registration by October 3. Please follow this link to register now. 

The first quarter meeting is a must for all Optimist Club presidents and club scholarship contest chairpersons. At this meeting, we approve the budget and work plan for the year and learn the dates and requirements of the essay, oratorical and CCDHH contests, among other things. 

It's always fun to gather our group together for the betterment of our communities and children. Don't be late to the mouseketeer party. Register online now. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Plan for the future with hope and positive vision

The McCall Optimist Club takes the summer off. After all, what's a club to do when it meets in a resort location but enjoy the busy-ness and commerce that accompanies all the visitors to their community. But when September hits, the club is back at work making sure that their resort is also their home.

Every week, we receive a weekly email reminding members to attend. This quick little message is both informative and inspirational. Most of all, it encourages members to get up early on Tuesday morning and be ready to learn about their community.

This week's message said a little more. It said that the board will be meeting and they want all members to attend and help plan the installation dinner and budget, line-up speakers, and plan a membership drive.

Now those are some positive administrative duties indeed. The McCall Optimist Club is planning for the future. Is your Optimist Club doing the same?

You have to plan for the succession and growth of your Optimist Club. It does not happen by accident.  It takes hope and positive vision, and a little planning, to bring out the best in not just children, but in all of us.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where will you be in 10 years?

When I write for this blog, I try to focus on the positive aspects of belonging to an Optimist Club. For this post, I must step away from that local focus. I need to share with you some membership statistics for the PNW District from the past five years. Fair warning: they aren't pretty.


Please take a look at the raw numbers of net member gain/loss that the PNW District has experienced over the past five years. In only one year, 2009-2010, have we celebrated with more members at the end of the year than we had at the beginning of the year.

According to statistics prepared by Optimist International, the PNW District is losing an average of 123 members per year. At that rate, in approximately 10 years, it will be out of business.

We hear that all service clubs are on a downward spiral. At the Optimist International Convention, we heard, being the optimists that we are, the good news is that Optimist International is losing members at a lower rate than its counterparts.

We must reverse this trend. 

International President-elect Dave Bruns has made a challenge to all: Let's reach 100,000 members by our 100th anniversary.

We can meet this goal if every Optimist Club member does only one thing: recruit one new member by 2018. You can do that, right?

However, the challenge remains that we will also lose members to natural attrition and for other reasons every year. So I want to ask you to do a little more.

Recruit one new member every year. 

That's really not that tough once you get in a mindset to share the goodness of your involvement with an Optimist Club with others.

Share how it feels to belong and make a difference. Share your story. Ask someone to join your Optimist Club so that their lives will feel complete in the service to others. They will also find the friendship and fellowship of others who share similar beliefs and goals.

We all want to make the world a better place to live. Let's do it through membership and participation in an Optimist Club.

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