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·    Governor 2013-2014
Ted Simmonds

·    Secretary Treasurer
Denise Nacev




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District Secretary:
Denise Nacev

3005 Headon Forest Dr.

Burlington. L7M 3Y2


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

3rd Quarter District Conference and Oratorical Contest Finals, May 2-3, 2014

Holiday Inn, 3063 South Service Rd., Burlington.

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Workshops at the May 3rd Conference:

New Optimist Recruiting and Retention: Membership building in your club does not come easier than this! Add more help to your existing projects and gain new ideas and enthusiasm for your club. Join Optimist International Membership Committee member Past Governor Anne Donkers to find out the latest tips and tricks to gaining and retaining new members in our clubs!

Central Ontario Leadership Seminar: COLS is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential commencing with grade ten high school students. COLS representatives will be here to give you more information and to tell some amazing stories about this upcoming seminar! Participants attending the Oratorical Contest are welcomed to come to this session to find out about this amazing program and how they can be part of it!
Oratorical Contest Finals: Become an active member of the audience as 8 of the District’s best orators compete for scholarships of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 on presentation of their speech, “How my passions impact the world.”


Central Ontario District Essay contest winner 2013-14

The topic of “How Dreams Lead to Success” was well presented by the following students:

  • First Place winner was Vanessa Sandoval sponsored by the Optimist Club of Forest Park.
  • Second Place winner was Ilker Hadghalaran sponsored by the Optimist Club of Oakville.
  • Third Place winner was Yonit Levin sponsored by the Optimist Club of Newmarket.

Congratulations to all the contestants from the District contest.

Essay Chairperson and Past Governor Terry Twocock


Optimist Junior Golf 2014

Our District Junior Golf Qualifying Tournament for 2014 will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario. Deadline to register is Jun 13, 2014. Link to details.


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  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.


District Convention & Governor’s Dinner, Holiday Inn, Peterborough, Aug 15-17, 2014

Registration is now open for the 30th District Convention to be held at Holiday Inn Waterfront, George Street, Peterborough.
Registration Form (.doc)
pdf-icon.gif (printable) Conference registration and hotel information

Agenda (draft)           pdf-icon.gif    (printable) Outline of the weekend program (draft)



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 Reily.


Zone 1 – St. Catharine’s

Zone 2 – Ancaster

Zone 3 – Milton

Zone 4 – Etobicoke

Zone 5 – Aurora

Zone 6  - Caledon

Zone 7 – Barrie

Zone 8 – Brooklin

Zone 9 – Ennismore

Zone 10 – Cornwall


10th - Barrie

9th  - Oakville

8th  - Ancaster

7th  - Garden City

6th  - Cornwall

5th  - St. Catharines

4th  - Newmarket

3rd  - Brooklin

2nd - Milton

1st  - Aurora

Where will the herd of giraffes be going, at the end of the Convention in August?

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".

Governor Ted


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,  | 52 Elgar Ave, Hamilton, ON L9C 4E1


District Communication Contests for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

District Communication Contests for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) in May of 2014. One will be for the junior deaf students who speak, one for the senior deaf students who speak, one for the junior deaf students who sign and one for the senior deaf students who sign. The topic this year is “How My Passions Impact the World”.

I need your financial assistance to carry out these plans. The Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation will give the winner of one, of the deaf senior competitions, a $2,500.00 college scholarship. Please donate so we can give the other senior winner a $2,500 scholarship and the two junior winners, each a $250.00 gift certificate for Indigo Books and cover other expenses. Please make your club donation cheque, payable to the Central Ontario District. Mail to or hand deliver to the District meeting on February 15, 2014 give it to District Secretary Denise Nacev.

Please visit the Optimist International web site to see all the details about the CCDHH competition. If you know of any student, who wish to enter, please let me know.
Optimist Jim Dallimore, CCDHH Central Ontario District Chair, 9745 10th Sideroad, Station Main SS 102,  Milton, ON L9T 2X9 Ph. 905-878-0500 E Mail –

Joe Crawford Live Singing Comedy

Oldies, Country, Soft rock, Impersonations of Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Sonny & Cher

Friday March 28, 2014 at the Optimist Club of St. Catharines, 8 Napier Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. with show at 8 p.m.

Cost $15.00 per person. Cash Bar. For tickets please call 905-935-5724. Link to flyer.

Presented by The Garden City Optimist Club and the Optimist Club of St. Catharines


District Foundation donation goal set at $15,000

I trust that you are all aware that CENON District's Foundation goal for 2013-14 is $15,000. From the attachment you can see that we achieved the First Quarter goal of $3750. Congratulations and thanks for all of the donations that were forwarded. The majority of donations was made in memory of members or loved ones. What a wonderful way to let their families know that Optimists care.

Those Clubs that appointed Club Foundation Reps or made donations to CCOF in the First Quarter have already been awarded points towards their Achievements and Awards total. Thanks to Waterdown and Orangeville for their contribution plus Newmarket and Oakville who became "Friends of Today" for donations over $500. At the 2nd Quarter Conference in Scarborough, on February 14 & 15, it would be great to receive some more Club donations($365. qualifies for a banner patch; $500. is "Friends of Today" level with this year's  Foundation print). As always, Dime a Day pins ($36.50) are available for individual member support.

We realize that some Clubs may not be in the position to give financial support at this time. However some Clubs have done a special fundraiser or have forwarded their fine pot collection. 

Yours in Optimism, Carilyn and Tom McNaught, CENON District Foundation Representatives

Optimist International Oratorical Contest “How My Passions Impact the World”
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 oratorical contest. Club winners should receive medals. There is a limit of 2 speakers from each Zone and District Chair Susan Montgomery must receive zone winners by April 15, 2014 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 are first prize $2,500 scholarship, second prize $1.500.00 scholarship and third prize $1,000.00 scholarship. If you have any concerns on the Oratorical Contest please feel free to contact Susan Montgomery at 519-942-1921 or by email at

9th Annual Zone 10 Trivia Contest – From the Edge of the Forest – Mar 22nd

March 22nd, 2014 7:00 pm: Knight’s of Columbus Hall, 5 Forget St. Embrun, (Downstairs) All proceeds to the Optimist Childhood Cancer Program. Registration – $60 per team Or $10 per person (singles welcome). Teams consist of 6 people. Maximum registration 20 teams. Cash Bar – Munchies --Prizes – Door Prizes – 50/50. Come and test your knowledge of insignificant and obscure trivial facts while enjoying the fun and fellowship of the Forest Park Optimist Club, info call ; Tony Edge @ 613-443-2232 /

Optimist International Essay Contest “How Dreams Lead to Success”
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. District Chair Terry Twocock must receive club winners by Feb. 28, 2014 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 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.


2014 District Meetings & Workshop Date

Third Quarter May 2 and 3, 2014. Holiday Inn, 3063 South Service Rd., Burlington.


International Convention July 10-13, 2014 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

District Convention August 15, 16 and 17, 2014. Holiday Inn, 150 George St., Peterborough