Central Ontario District #47

Optimist Clubs
“Lighting the Way for Youth”

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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.

Lighting the Way in Burlington – Aug 14-15-16, 2015 - 31st Annual District Convention

Registration Form pdf-icon.gif (printable) Conference registration and hotel information
Service Project pdf-icon.gif (printable) Food4Kids Burlington collection as per attached.

Agenda (draft) pdf-icon.gif (check back for some fine tuning)

Policy & Strategy Change Proposal  pdf-icon.gif  (proposed by Past Governors Committee)

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!
Legends of the Lake Estate Winery

Join us Friday afternoon at a wine tasting near the convention hotel http://www.legendsestates.com/

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


Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation update to FOEC_symbole.jpgEnd of May

So far this Optimist year, thanks to 9 Club donations of over $500, a Christian D. Larson Partner and individual member donations we have sent just over $14,000 which puts us $900 short of the Third Quarter, YTD target of $15,000. This leaves our District four months to make up $5,900 to meet this year's goal of $20,000 or $13.50 per member.  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! 
Thanks for all that you do for the children of your community.
Tom and Carilyn McNaught,
CENON District Foundation Reps.

Central Ontario District Oratorical Contest Winner 2014-15
The topic of "How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievement of the Future"
was well presented by the following students:
First Place winner was Anujan Raveenthiran sponsored by the Optimist Club of Brampton.
Second Place winner was Ilker Hadzhalaran sponsored by the Optimist Club of Oakville.
Third Place winner was Sophia Lacey sponsored by the Optimist Club of Lancaster
Congratulation to all the contestants form the District contest.
Oratorical Chairperson, Susan Montgomery  

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, dnacev@bell.net (905) 332-7798


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

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.

Registration form (PDF)
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
kwas@rogers.com. 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




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

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.