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Governor 2015-2016
Steve Gardonyi

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Denise Nacev




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District Secretary:
Denise Nacev

3005 Headon Forest

Burlington, ON L7M 3Y2

H: 905-332-7798 



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

Moving Forward Together in Collingwood – Aug 12-14, 2016 – 32nd Annual District Convention

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Agenda (last years)
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Opening Ceremonies

Dignitaries from Collingwood, JOOI Governor Mathew and Governor Steve will welcome you to Collingwood!

Breakfast Old Timers Roast and Entertainment

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

Governor’s Gala Celebration Dinner & Dance

Come dressed to dine with Governor Steve and Angela, then dance the night away. Silent Auction.

2016 – 2017 Officer Elect Workshops

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

Optimist Workshops

We will have planned 4 informative and entertaining sessions – updates to follow!
Central Ontario District Junior Optimist Octagon International District Convention

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


Oakville-video.pngOakville Optimist in the Running for Reel Optimist Contest

The Optimist Club of Oakville is a finalist in the Adult Optimist Club section of the Reel Optimism Contest. Please go to: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/reeloptimism-adult.cfm and look for the photo attached. Click on it, watch our video and vote for us! A Central Ontario Club can win! You can vote once a day, every day until March 31st. Please do! Share with your friends and family too.

Central Ontario District Essay Contest Winner 2015-16
The topic of “Lead by Example: Reality of Fiction” was well presented by the following students:

  • First Place winner was Jayde Lavoie sponsored by the Optimist Club of Caledon.
  • Second Place winner was Daniel Viinalass sponsored by the Optimist Club of Garden City - St.Catharines.
  • Third Place winner was Mara-Jade Lach sponsored by the Optimist Club of Oakville.

Congratulations to all the contestants from the District contest.
Essay Chairperson, Michelle Stokes

Junior Golf Qualifier set for June 25 at Caledon Hills

This year’s golf tournament is set to go. Get you club entries signed up.

Full details on the CENON Golf Page. Registration now open, download the form.

Happy Spring!

The sun is shining and warming everything up.  The first flowers are blooming!  What a great way to start our third quarter. 

Oratorical Contest

Along with the beginning of spring, our Optimist year is getting busy too.  We are so excited about the new International Oratorical Contest.  Clubs should be getting ready to host their contests in the next couple weeks and then the District contest at their third quarter.  From there each district will send one contestant to the regional contest in St. Louis on June 23, and then the International competition on June 24th.  This is a great opportunity for the students.  But please keep in mind that if contestants aren’t able to attend St. Louis they will still be able to participate thanks to modern technology.

Regional Summit – Niagara Falls April 30th

At the end of April please join us for our Regional Summit.  Held at the Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway Hotel.  We have a wonderful line up of trainers and all new info designed to help the clubs of our districts.  I really hope to see at least one representative from each club.  Check the website for more info.

At the summit I will be presenting the winners from our 2nd quarter challenge.  The club from each district that brought in the most members will receive a delicious cake presented to them at the luncheon.  The cut off is April 15th so you still have time to bring in some new members!

NOW is the Time for a Membership Drive

Our numbers are slowly climbing but we need to step up our game.  We need to get into the positive range.  I know we can do it.  Spring/summer is a great time for a NOW event.  Invite friends out to a Bar-B-Q, a strawberry social, your next community event.

New Clubs in New Communities – a Great Club Service Project

There are new clubs in the planning stages.  If anyone knows of a spot for a New Club please let us know and let’s get building.  Let’s spread the Optimist word, and help the youth in our communities.

Please contact me if you have any questions and concerns.

Optimist International Vice President 

Anne_donkers@hotmail.com  |  613-577-1588


Follow us on Facebook

Our Facebook page has been growing in popularity due to the large number of posts every day by dedicated Optimist members. Visit and “like us” in order to see updated pictures, events and exciting moments of clubs in our district.


steve_gardonyi_226x405.jpgMoving Forward Together Into the New Optimist Year

Happy Optimist New Year!    It has been my absolute pleasure traveling around meeting and speaking with so many of you this year. The work that Optimist clubs are doing for children throughout our Central Ontario District is nothing short of amazing. The friendship and fellowship I observed and was lucky enough to be the recipient of keeps a smile on my face. Thank you for all that you do!

The lesson I learned this past year is that when Optimists all work together, nothing is impossible. It was the inspiration for this year’s theme of Moving Forward Together….Right Here, Right Now!  During serious discussions about challenges facing clubs, the words, “if we just had more people, we could do so much more,” seemed to echo from Optimist meeting rooms everywhere.  

This year we are going to start putting an end to that recurring conversation.  In the next twelve months Central Ontario District is going to embark on the most aggressive growth surge strategy attempted in our modern era of optimism.  Our world has changed so much in the past two decades. Success is going to require the participation of all of our members to pull this off.   The wisdom and experience of our most seasoned veterans, the technological and social media skills of our very young and everyone in between.  

Thanks to all of you, we are starting this surge with 1500+ members and 58 clubs.  An attainable goal for next year at this time would be 1750 members with 65 clubs.  WE really can do this if we work together! 

Putting numbers out there without making some people feel like they are being reduced to being just a “number” is difficult.  Please read a little more while I list some more. Each Optimist serves an average of 35 children. 1500 X 35=52,500 children currently being helped by us.   1750 X 35=61,250 children being helped by us.   That is an increase of 8,750 children.  These are numbers worth being part of!!

Nothing is impossible when Optimist work together.  Everyone is going to be part of the plan, everyone is going to be part of the solution.  We are going to start MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER and the time and place to start is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

Yours In Optimism,

Governor Steve Gardonyi, 2015-2016


FOEC_symbole.jpgCanadian Children’s Optimist Foundation update

This year's Foundation President, Nina Strickland had challenged all 12 of the District Foundation Reps to raise $13.50 per member. This translated to a $20,000 objective for Central Ontario District. We are pleased to say that CENON donated $14.56 per member which was 4th place with a grand total of $21,838. (3rd. place). Thanks to all the members and clubs that made this possible. In particular Milton, Oakville and Strabane matched their previous donation in September to put us over the top!  Central Ontario District "Lit up the Way for Youth"!
Jin and Susan Lynge, District Foundation Rep.'s  2015-16  Link to report



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. 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, for your CENON club, Click here to download the form to fill and to send to Univesta at the address indicated at the bottom of the form.

Read the Optimist International Insurance pamphlet handed out at the convention.

Read through or print the Insurance Workshop slides shown at the convention.


2015-16 District Meetings & Workshops


International Convention, Hilton Quebec City, June 30 - July 2, 2016


District Convention, Club Officer Training & Governor’s Dinner, Collingwood, August 12-14, 2016.


District Conference, Workshops, Luncheon, Board Meeting, St Catharines, November 18-19, 2016