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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 2nd Quarter Conference & Awards Luncheon, Feb 27-28, 2015

Radisson Hotel Toronto East, 55 Hallcrown Place, Toronto, Ontario. 
Registration Form (.doc)
pdf-icon.gif (printable) Conference registration and hotel information

Past Governor Ted’s awards to be handed out, as well the Hospitality suite will be turned into the theme of this year’s convention in New Orleans as, “A night of coloured beaded necklaces and masks,” to get us in the mood to Party. The sessions will be dynamic one is on, “Bullying Children as well as Adults” by an Optimist member from The Barge Canal Optimist Club of Lockport, New York.


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.

Optimist Club of Milton – Battle of the Magicians

Saturday Jan 31st, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Adults $35, Student/Senior: $32; Reserved Seating. Tickets available online or at the box office.

Get the details at

Magicians : Edward Stone “Illusionist” vs. Ray Anderson “A Cool Magician”


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)


Central Ontario District Oratorical Contest Winners for 2013-14

The topic of “How My Passions Impact the World” was well presented by the following students:

  • First Place winner was Daniel Vander Hout sponsored by the Optimist Club of Strabane
  • Second Place winner was Noa Bridson sponsored by the Optimist Club of Collingwood
  • Third Place winner was Emily Wuschnakowski sponsored by the Optimist Club of Etobicoke

We had 13 contestants from the District and congratulations to all the contestants from the District contest.

Oratorical Chairperson Susan Montgomery




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.


2014-2015 District Meetings & Workshop Date

Quarterly Training and District Board Meeting, November 14-15, 2014, Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre


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


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


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