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·    Governor 2014-2015
Sandra Stokes

·    Secretary Treasurer
Gordon Holly




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District Secretary:
Gordon Holly

112 Prince George Drive     Etobicoke, ON M9B 2X8


Central Ontario District #47 is an administrative division of Optimist International within geographical boundaries established by Optimist International.

District 3rd Quarter Board & Oratorical Finals, May 22-23, 2015

Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre, 20 Fairview Road Barrie, Ontario. 

Registration Form pdf-icon.gif (printable) Conference registration and hotel information

Meetings outline & agendas pdf-icon.gif (printable)
The Club Service Project for this quarter will be the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation!  

Please feel free to bring a donation, large or small, to give kids a sporting chance!!

Keynote Speaker: Keeping with the guest speaker theme of the year... Canadian Jumpstart - Giving Kids a Sporting Chance

Speaker: Harry Bell, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Regional Manager, ‎Southern ON and fellow Optimist, President from the Orangeville Optimist Club.   In 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities was launched to address an issue of national concern; the inactivity of kids. National in scope, but local in its focus, Jumpstart helps kids in financial need participate in organized sports and physical activities by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation.‎ Come join us on May 23 in Barrie, ON in finding out more about helping kids be kids!

Oratorical District Finals: Enjoy the annual finals when 8 of the best youth speakers strut their stuff late Saturday morning. Winners will be introduced during the Luncheon and one contestant will go home with a $2,500 scholarship.

Gift Basket Challenge for CCOF “& CCC: Clubs are challenged to put together a gift basket for the silent auction in benefit of the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation and the Childhood Cancer Campaign. Pick any theme: BBQ, men’s, woman’s, spa, baking, spring fun, alcohol theme, etc. Auction will be conducted Saturday morning with final at the luncheon.

Service Project: details to be released soon.


Burlington Optimist Club Ladies Night Fundraiser – May 7

Come out and do your Mother’s Day shopping while enjoying a night out! Local vendors will be there to display their products and hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be lots of door prizes drawn throughout the evening Ticket proceeds will go towards local Youth Organizations. Link to the Flyer  Tickets: $20 each

New Members Bring New Inspiration and More Hands to Serve Kids

Hello my Fellow Optimists, (April 15)

Finally, spring has arrived!  With the arrival of the beautiful weather it is time for our Optimism to shine!  I know spring is a very busy time for many clubs and I hope as you are working your fundraisers and community service activities that you are actively recruiting new members to help you serve even more youth.  I have attached a great poster that was created by the Optimist Club of Lancaster – Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone.  It speaks to what many of our clubs are doing right now which is treating every meeting and every event an opportunity to talk about our Optimism to potential members.  Maybe this is something you can use in your clubs.

As for our District competition, Brooklin is currently sitting in first with 43 members recruited and Milton is behind them with 37 members recruited.  Stoney Creek has come up the ranks with 10 new members.  Imagine all the youth that are now being service in their communities because of all these new members. 

Now, if you are a small club you are probably thinking, oh my I can’t get numbers like that.  Well, the good news is you don’t have to.  I would love to see every single club in our district recruit just 1 new member.  New members bring new ideas, new life and new excitement to your club!

Southwestern Ontario District has passed us in our challenge, they are at +53 while we are at +21.  We consider this temporary as I know we will pull out all the stops for the last half of the year and leave them in our dust!

Remember if you want help with NOW programs, new member recruiting, building a new club or just about anything to do with membership feel free to reach out to Denise, Steve or Karen we are here to help!

Yours In Optimism,

Denise, Steve and Karen, CENON District Growth Team

Denise Nacev, CENON District Growth Chair, (905) 332-7798


Lighting the Way in Burlington – Aug 14-15-16, Mark Your Calendars

Opening Ceremonies

Dignitaries from Hamilton, Burlington, JOOI Governor Brett and Governor Sandra will welcome you to

Burlington 2015!

Breakfast at the Lighthouse and Spindrift Cove (Old Timers Breakfast)

ALL Optimists Welcome!! Come early or be prepared to wear the alarm clock! Join us in celebrating the Past and Present Governors.

Captains Dinner and Beach Party

Keeping it casual, come dressed to dine with Captain Sandra and First Mate Barry then join our Beach Party and dance the night away.

2015 – 2016 Officer Elect Workshops

Governor-Elect Steve’s Lieutenant, President, Secretary and Treasurer’s Workshop

Optimist Workshops

We will have two informative and entertaining sessions – updates to follow!

Central Ontario District Junior Optimist Octagon International District Convention

The annual JOOI Convention will be taking place during the adult convention – come prepared to see our young Optimists in action


Central Ontario District Essay Contest Winner 2014-15
The topic of “Optimism Should be a Priority” was well presented by the following students:

First Place winner was Anujan Raveenthiran sponsored by the Optimist Club of Brampton.

Second Place winner was Dasha Metropolitansky sponsored by the Optimist Club of Oakville.

Third Place winner was Rose Bredin sponsored by the Optimist Club of Collingwood.

Congratulations to all the contestants from the District contest.

Essay Chairperson and Past Governor, Terry Twocock

Garden City Optimist Club – Fifth Avenue Jewelry Fundraiser

Monday April 27, 2015 First Grantham United Church Fellowship Hall, 415 Linwell Road St Catharines, ON. Print the Flyer Refreshments and Fellowship. 50% of proceeds from sale to be donated to the club’s youth work.


CENON Childhood Cancer Campaign Update

As of the February District Meeting, we have collected donations of $1,845.00
Thanks to:
Ancaster $20.00, Brooklin $53.00, Caledon $10.00 + $50.00, Cornwall $521.00, Garden City $10.00, Keswick $10.00 – (Lauralee Reily), Newmarket  $100.00, Port Colborne $30.00, Spencerville $16.00, Strabane $540.00, Scarborough $500.00

In addition was the Bean Bag Toss $20.00 and loose coins $15.00
Keep it up!  - Annette Cowan

Forest Park Trivia Night, May 2, 2015

From the edge of the forest, 10th Annual Zone 10 Trivia Night. 7:00 Pm at Knights of Columbus Hall, 5 Forget St. Embrun (downstairs). Registration $60 per team (or $10 per person, singles welcome), Teams of 6. Cash Bar, Munchies, Prizes, Door Prizes, 50/50. Come out and test your knowledge of insignificant and obscure trivial facts while enjoying the fellowship of the Forest Park Optimist Club. Contact Tony Edge, 613-443-2232 Print the Flyer

Achievement and Awards Results 2013-2014























Lighting the Way T-Shirt Offer

Show your Optimist pride for Central Ontario District by buying a blue t-shirt with proceeds going to the Childhood Cancer Campaign and Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation. You can pre-order from Michelle Stokes or pick one up at the 2nd Quarter Conference Feb 27-28. Download the Flyer for more information.


District Junior Golf Details 2015
Our District Junior Golf Qualifying Tournament for 2015 will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario. Deadline for submission of paid registrations for the District Tournament is June 12, 2015. Please schedule your local club tournament to be held prior to June 12th.  The cost for registration is $75.00 per golfer which includes greens fees, lunch and prizes. The first tee time will be 12:30 pm.The age groups are 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18 years for boys, and 10-12, 13-14, and 15-18 for girls. The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships will be held at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as follows:
Boys 10-11, 12-13 and Girls 10-12          July 16–21, 2015
Boys 14-15 and Girls 13-14                      July 21–26, 2015
Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18                      July 26- 31, 2015
It is our objective to send two finalists from our District Tournament to Florida. To meet this objective, we require your financial support. Each club that donates $200 or more to the District Tournament will receive an exclusive Hole Sponsorship at the District Tourney. The name of your club will be prominently displayed at the tees.
Cheques should be made payable to: “Dennis Kwasnicki for District Golf”. Please mail to Dennis Kwasnicki, District Golf Chair, 12 Anne Street, Box 171, Hillsburgh, Ontario N0B 1Z0
If you would like assistance in planning your club tournament, please call or email me and I will send templates to make your job easier. (519) 855-6660 or email to Faxes can be sent to (519) 855-6668. Registration forms for your sponsored golfers can be sent to you by email if you prefer. Look forward to a successful District tournament with your registrations, and Hole Sponsorships.
Yours in Optimism, Dennis Kwasnicki, District Junior Golf Chair 2014-15

Childhood Cancer Campaign Update

It was so nice to see so many Optimists at our Quarter Board in November, and I am pleased to report that our CCC drive started off very successful. Our Bean Bag Toss netted $45.00, with Tony Edge being the declared winner.  The prize was a set of M & M steak knives generously donated by Mac & Linda.  We will be playing again in February and will have another set of knives available.  Please come and test your skill and you will also be helping CCC at the same time.

In the fall we instated the Nickel Campaign for CCC.  We asked that clubs collect nickels at their meetings to help.  The following clubs delivered their nickels to Cobourg: Ancaster, Cornwall, Newmarket, Keswick, Brooklin, Port Colborne, Garden City, Spencerville, and Milton.  Also, Governor Sandra received a $500 donation from the Optimist Club of Grantham—WOW. If you club isn’t shown, please let me know and you will be acknowledged in our next newsletter.

I didn’t have a goal when I started the year for CCC, but I would like to hope that possibly we could raise at least 3000 dollars. 

With the help of your clubs and individuals I am sure this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

I look forward to seeing you all in February and don’t forget your nickels.

Yours in Optimism, Annette Cowan, CCC Chair


Growth Team Report Positive Gains

We have had a very exciting year so far and it would appear we have several members competing for the coveted Platinum Lantern.  Our district is currently sitting at an even 0 in membership, meaning we have added as many members as we have deleted, 66 members to date.  Congratulations to all the clubs that have added members so far this year!

We have a hot competition happening between the Optimist Clubs of Milton and Brooklin.  Milton has added 18 members, many members of the club are getting in on the sponsorship action, leading the way is Kerri Purgavie with 7 members sponsored.  Brooklin has added 15 members and President Karen Santacona is demonstrating her leadership with 10 members sponsored.  Is Milton going to win our district competition again this year or is there another club out there ready to take the title from them…Brooklin perhaps or maybe Cornwall who is sitting in 3rd?

Marijke Coffa’s Zone 3 is leading the way with 22 members added but Zone 8 is nipping at their heels with 15 members added.  Rounding out our top 3 is Susan Brown’s zone 1 with 8 members added.

We are well on our way to a very successful membership year and in our competition against Southwestern District we are in the lead as they are currently sitting at -44.  Do not count them out, we know there is still lots of time so we need to keep on our toes and keep adding new members.

Competitions aside adding members increases the service to the youth in the community.  For every member your club adds you make your club stronger and are able to provide more programs and funding to the youth in your community, isn’t that what it’s all about?  If you would like a member of the growth team to come to your club or zone meeting just let us know, we are always available to help with questions or perhaps to run a NOW program.

Yours In Optimism,

Denise, Steve and Karen, CENON Growth Committee

Denise Nacev, CENON District Gowth Chair,, (905) 332-7798

Governor’s New Year’s Message

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and fellow Optimists a very Happy New Year.

During the fall months I was fortune to be able to visit a number of clubs, attend fundraisers, and anniversary celebrations. In speaking with members, friends and family it was very evident that each and every one of you are passionate about what we as Optimists do for our communities. This is true for members who are charter members, life members, seasoned members, and new members. Each one of us exhibits the qualities of an Optimist!

While we move towards a new year I ask you to join me in working to make sure the children who need us have our help. Share with at least one other person that special feeling you get when you help someone else by asking them to come join in our fun! Some of you may be aware that I had a total knee replacement earlier this month, what you may not know is that I was still attempting to recruit! While on the operating table I was asking the nurses and doctors to come join us in our pursuit. I may not remember much of that time. My Surgeon was able to tell me he knows all about Optimists and what we do when he came to see me a day later. When my daughter came into my room a few hours after I was out of surgery I was trying to recruit my nurse – so she says. While I may not have signed anyone up (that I remember !?!?!) the word has been spread about our community!

President Ken has advised us that Any new Member added between December 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015 will have the $15.00 new Member fee waived. What a great opportunity to share the gift of Optimism is truly a gift worth giving that will give back.

In closing, I hope to be able to visit more clubs in 2015 and get to share stories, fellowship and laughter with you. Please do not hesitate to invite me – I will come, with Optimist Barry if I can. January might not be a month of visits due to physiotherapy and focusing on strengthening my health so that I can be the best representative of our District that I can be. I look forward to coming back with full Optimism in February!

From our house to yours – Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy and safe New Year! 

Sandra Stokes, Governor and Optimist Barry
Central Ontario District Optimists
‘Lighting the Way for Youth’


District Foundation Goal is $20,000 or $13.50 per member

In the past year $21,748 or $14.75 per member was sent to CCOF, exceeding that target by40%. There were 9 Clubs and 3 Members who were "Friends of Today" and received a framed print.  Another 2 Members were "President Club" and received a plate.  Eight Members donated $100 as Century Club status and another 67 were Dime a Day participants. Thanks to everyone for this effort which ranked CENON as second of the 12 regions of the Canadian Foundation.
So far this Optimist year, thanks to one Club's donation, a Christian D. Larson Partner and individual member donations we have sent $2311 in October and another $2055 in November, which puts us on the Quarterly target of $5000. At this Christmas time, remember the Foundation and get someone a Dime a Day in their name, or send donations in memory of members, friends and family and they will receive acknowledgement of your gift to CCOF.
Have your Club plan a fundraiser or forward a collection of loose change or maybe a fines pot proceeds! 
Tom and Carilyn McNaught, CENON District Foundation Reps.


Essay Topic “Optimism Should be a Priority”

For youth under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or equivalent are eligible to enter. Students must enter through an Optimist Club in their area who is hosting an essay contest. Club winners should receive medals. Clubs must have their winning entry to the District Chair Terry Twocock by Feb. 28, 2015 with all appropriate papers signed for the District judging. Contest information and applications may be obtained by going to Optimist International web site District prize is a $2,500 scholarship. If you have any concerns on the Essay Contest please feel free to contact Terry Twocock at 905-935-5724 or by email at


Optimist Jeopardy Board Game

Here is a link to the game (from Peterborough Convention):

Instructions (Word file .docx)

Game Board (PowerPoint file .pptx)





Optimist Insurance Now Under Canadian Administration

Good news, we now have insurance coverage customized to the needs of the Canadian Clubs. We have concluded a final agreement to provide Club Liability Coverage in Canada with Univesta as of May 1st, 2012. This is a Canadian program specifically for non-profit organizations. In Canada, Clubs have additional coverage of Abuse & Molestation, and Directors and Officers liability "INCLUDED" in the general policy with UNIVESTA. 

The Summary of insurance is effective May 1st. If you need a Certificate of Insurance, click here to download the form to fill and to send to Univesta at the address indicated at the bottom of the form.


2015 District Meetings & Workshop Date

Quarterly Training, Awards Luncheon and Board Meeting, February 27-28, 2015, Radisson Inn, Toronto East


Oratorical Finals and District Board Meeting, May 22-23, 2015, Holiday Inn, Barrie

Leadership Summit, North East Region, Detroit Michigan, June 13, 2015, 8-5, Doubletree by Hilton on Southfield in Detroit Michigan, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, Michigan 48228


International Convention, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, July 9-11,2015


District Convention, Club Officer Training & Governor’s Dinner, August 14-16, 2015. Holiday Inn, 3063 South Service Rd., Burlington.