Central Ontario District #47
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3005 Headon Forest Dr.
Burlington. L7M 3Y2
administrative division of Optimist International within geographical boundaries established by Optimist International.
District Convention & Governor’s Dinner, Peterborough, Aug 15-17, 2014
Registration is now open for the 30th District Convention to be held at Holiday Inn Waterfront, George Street, Peterborough.
Wine & cheese opening party, hospitality suite to share program ideas and
stories, Old Timers Breakfast featuring and up and coming country star,
Officer training for presidents, secretary/treasurers, Lt Governors, personal
development workshops including Optimist Jeopardy and Creative Problem
Solving, Saturday Town Hall meeting with Intl. V.P. Bob McFadyen, Governor
Gala Dinner, Silent Auction and 50’s themed dance. Sunday breakfast in the hospitality
suite and all participant meeting following.
We will be re-establishing the JOOI District (Junior Optimist Octagon International) Committee of you leaders from your Junior Optimsit and Octagon Clubs. Chairperson Maureen Jackson has been working with youth who attended the international convention in San Diego last month to organize a full program schedule for the youth from Friday night to Sunday morning. There is no charge for the youth, however they need to pay their shared cost for accommodations.
Central Ontario District Essay contest winner 2013-14
The topic of “How Dreams Lead to Success” was well presented by the following students:
Congratulations to all the contestants from the District contest.
Essay Chairperson and Past Governor Terry Twocock
Cameron Brennan, of Erin, shot 76 to win an all-expense paid trip to the Optimist International Championships in Florida
On a sunny day, thirty-six (36) young golfers competed in the
Annual Optimist Central Ontario District Junior Qualifying Golf Tournament
held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Caledon Country Club.
In the 10-11 age group the winner was 11 year old Ben Hirasawa with a score of 96.
Katie Mctaggart, 16, of Guelph shot 82 to win the 15-18 girls category and was awarded best Female Golfer. Katie also qualified for Florida.
The following five golfers qualified to advance to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida July 19 – 29th, 2014:
Cameron Brennan - 18 - District Winner (16-18)
Mathew Wake -14 - District Winner (14-15)
Bavake Sihota -12 - District Winner (12-13)
Ben Hirasawa -11 - District Winner (10-11)
Katie McTaggart -16 - District Winner (15-18 Girls)
All the above golfers also qualified to play in the Optimist Canadian National Junior Golf Championships to be held in London, Ontario at Fanshawe Golf Club on August 11 - 13, 2014.
Thanks to our Optimist volunteers who marshaled the tournament –Wilson Bedford, Jim Lynge, and Don Staddon. Scorekeeper was Optimist Janet Lewis of Brampton.
Next year’s District Qualifier will be tentatively held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario. Contact: Dennis Kwasnicki, District Golf Chair, Tel: (519) 855-6660
Where will our Mascot Candy be Spotted?
Governor Ted was recently given a very nice giraffe named Candy. Unfortunately, it would appear she is an albino giraffe—she has lost all her spots! You can help Candy get spotted—and help the CCOF! (See attached poster).
For a $20 tax-deductible donation to the CCOF, Governor Ted will add a spot to Candy. Our giraffe researcher has assured us most giraffes have 200 spots. So, there are plenty of spots to fill! Can Candy get 200 spots before Peterborough in August?
Please invite Governor Ted out to your Club and Zone functions. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org Take pictures of Candy and her growing spots and send them to Governor Ted. The pictures will be added to the CENON Facebook page with the caption “Candy was spotted at the Optimist Club of…” so everyone will know you have had a Candy visit.
Top 10 Clubs, Clubs in Zone, Honoured at District Awards Presentation
A&A – Achievements and Awards
competition was scored and announced for last year finally by Chair Lauralee
The giraffes will find their way to the local hospital - or the designated hospital, of the clubs and individuals who donate them. They should be submitted to me first - at the August Convention - so I can make a record of the donors, for A & A points, and other rewards, but then they will be returned for delivery at the convenience of the donors.
I know there are some wooden or ceramic ones, that are probably inappropriate gifts, but I am willing to negotiate a price for them, so that the donating club will be able to add the money to their donation, or go out and purchase giraffes that are more "child-friendly".
NOW Meetings Offer Opportunities for New Optimist Members
In Zone 1, Port Colborne has had a NOW meeting and gained 3 new recruits.
2, Hamilton East had one and gained 5
Stoney Creek had a Grey Cup celebration to which young couples were invited,
and which formed a less-stressful occasion than a typical NOW meeting - they gained 4.
3, Milton did not need one, but gained 6 members anyway.
4, Despite all efforts inside clubs, no NOW meetings were held, and no recruiting has happened this week.
5, Keswick gained one member, but there were no NOW meetings.
6, Orangeville and Erin gained 1 member each, but have held no NOW meetings yet.
7, Collingwood gained 3, without a NOW Meeting
8, Brooklin and Oshawa gained 3 each, with no NOW meetings.
9, Lindsay gained 4. They lost a member earlier, so are now are + 3.
10, Lancaster gained 3, so I gave them credit a NOW meeting.
Obviously some of this has been conjecture on my part, as I said it might, but CENON has submitted a report, (5 NOW meetings, + 18 new members) Congratulations to those Clubs that are growing!
Please let me know your plans for future NOW meetings. I know Oakville has one planned in April, and Orangeville usually has one once a year. Please let me know of other occasions you can call "NOW Meetings". (Referring to Zone 2, Stoney Creek - above, for a suggestion. Celebrate the Olympics, the Oscars, the Masters, the NCAA basketball tourney, the Stanley Cup, the Indy 500, or whatever else you'd like to invite people to, and throw in some Optimism; then let me know so I can report those parties.)
If you really want to enrich your communities through Optimism, recruit many more Optimists, and build new clubs, and we will all live happily ever after.
Please continue to support the programs for the benefit of the youths in your communities - what Optimism really stands for. That is what is important to me, and the kids we are standing tall for.
Governor Ted Simmonds
90th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Hamilton
We, the Optimist Club of Hamilton, the oldest Optimist Club in Canada, are going to have our 90th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Saturday, June 7, 2014! Please save the date in your calendar to make sure that you will celebrate with us.
St. Naum' Church Hall, 1150 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, ON Canada
Doors open 5 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m., Tickets $40.00/person
Contact: Laszlo A. Gauder, email@example.com | 52 Elgar Ave, Hamilton, ON L9C 4E1
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.