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Moving 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
Hospitality Night, Meetings, Workshops and Luncheon: Niagara Falls Optimist Club Hall, 7085 Morrison Street, Niagara Falls
Accommodations: Ramada Plaza, Niagara Falls, 7839 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON
(Registration Form) Now open.
Held in beautiful Niagara Falls which offers shopping, sightseeing and things to do for both spouses and youth. The weekend will begin with the Executive meeting on Friday evening followed by an evening of fellowship either with casual conversation in the Hospitality suite or a fun night of cards in the Poker Tank with Tony Nacev. All of this will be on site at the Niagara Falls Club House, with shuttle service provided to and from the hotel. Saturday will offer training to get everyone off on the right foot to achieve their goals in serving their communities to the best of their abilities, an in house luncheon and our first board meeting of the new Optimist year. All efforts have been made to keep the costs to a minimum for both the conference and accommodation’s. Come out, learn, share your knowledge and enjoy the fellowship of others.
For those that wish to make a weekend of it, to enjoy shopping, sightseeing, gambling or simply spending more time with those you only see at quarter boards the room rates are the same for Saturday night as well.
Good afternoon Optimists of CENON District,
Another year has come and gone. I can’t believe it’s over. It just seems like yesterday that I was writing my first address to everyone and saying what I, as your Governor, hoped our year would bring. What I had hoped for and more has happened! I have everyone of you to thank for that. We as a District worked hard for the betterment of the youth in our communities.
My 2014 –2015 team did a great job at helping make that reality come true. We built a New Club in Haldimand with 25 charter members thanks to my New Club Building Chair. We added over 200 NEW OPTIMIST MEMBERS to the CENON district. We also lost a fair amount, but I see this as a positive thing. Our new members bring with them new ideas and the enthusiasm that we all can remember we had when we joined. Let’s remember to engage and retain these members by making them feel a useful part of the club .
This year we had learning sessions at our quarter boards and conference, which was a little different then we were used to doing. These sessions brought out a higher number of members and engaged them again to make things interesting in their clubs meetings. I want to congratulate clubs on bringing in members - some clubs brought in record numbers and have built a ‘new club’ within their own club.
I am excited to announce that Central Ontario District is once again a DISTINGUISHED DISTRICT!! I have been told this has only happened 4 times in CENON’s history. My hope is that moving forward we make this the ‘norm’ and continue being a distinguished district year after year.
I have had a busy and exciting year being your Governor and wouldn’t have changed a thing that I went through! (Don’t ask the Husband and Daughter who had to live with me and wishes they didn’t.) I appreciated all of your support , suggestions, and your optimist love. You are the best.
Governor Steve, I leave this District in your hands to follow though this year with your Team. I wish you all the best in this year-long journey. Most of all, enjoy every minute because it’s over before you know it.
Immediate Past Governor
Sandra Stokes 2014-2015
Strabane & Greensville Optimists Celebrate 25 Years
October 17, 2015 Christ Church Hall, Greensville. Our Strabane Optimist club is going to celebrate its 25th anniversary along with the Greensville Optimist club which obtained its 25th year in the spring. To do so we are going to have a dinner/dance at the Christ Church Hall in Greensville on October 17th.
Members of our district are invited to come along. We will need to know the numbers coming as soon as possible in order to advise the caterer.
Contact Allan Angle, President Strabane Optimist Club email@example.com
Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation August Convention update
Through the Third Quarter of this Optimist year, Central Ontario donations to CCOF were $15,310, which was right on target. The Convention in Burlington was very successful for the Foundation, raising $2,809 putting us in sight of the District full year goal of twenty thousand dollars.
The Memorial Service on Sunday morning of the Convention was very moving. I would like to urge all Clubs to consider honouring any of their deceased members for their dedicated work, with an in-memoriam donation to your Foundation. An acknowledgement of this donation will be sent out to the family from Montreal. Some Clubs already follow this policy, automatically.
As individual members, remember the Foundation and get someone a Dime-a-Day ($36.50) in their name, or send donations in memory of members, friends and family. Any donation over twenty dollars will generate an income tax receipt at year end.
Have your Club plan a fundraiser or forward a collection of loose change or maybe a fines pot proceeds!
Finally, check out the new website for the Foundation http://ccof-foec.org/
Thanks for all that you do for the children of your
PHOTO: Gus Amodeo, from the
Etobicoke Optimist Club received the Christian D. Larson Partners which
is a onetime donation of $1,000.
District Oratorical Contest Winner 2014-15
Central Ontario District Essay Contest Winner 2014-15
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.
Chairperson and Past Governor, Terry Twocock
District Golf: Ty Wadsworth, 18, of Oshawa, Shot 77 to win, goes to the Optimist International Championships in Florida
On a sunny day, thirty-nine (39) young golfers competed in the Annual Optimist Central Ontario District Junior Qualifying Golf Tournament held Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Caledon Country Club, hosted by the Optimist Club of Brampton.
Ty Wadsworth, 18, of Oshawa was the 16-18 year old winner and qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the International Optimist Junior Golf Championships in Florida this July. Nolan VanKalckreuth, 17, of Fort Erie, and Ryan Page, 15, of Whitby both shot 80 to finish in a close tie for second.
The winner in the 14-15 age group for the second consecutive year was Mathew Wake, 15, of Ennismore with a score of 79. Mathew also qualified to compete in Florida. Second place was won by 14 year old Brendan Dunphy of Whitby with a score of 81.
In the 12-13 age group, the trophy was claimed for the second consecutive year by 13 year old Bavake Sihota of Caledon with a score of 77. Bavake will advance to Florida. Second place was taken by 12 year old Connor Munro of Etobicoke with a score of 84.
In the 10-11 age group the winner was 11 year old Peter Blazevic with an amazing score of 79.
Sonia Nagindas,17, of Aurora shot 82 to win the 15-18 girls category. Sonia also qualified for Florida.
The following seven 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 16 – 31, 2015:
Ty Wadsworth - 18 - District Winner (16-18)
Mathew Wake -15 - District Winner (14-15)
Brendan Dunphy- 14- Runner-up (14-15)
Bavake Sihota -13 - District Winner (12-13)
Connor Munro -12 - Runner-up (12-13)
Peter Blazevic -11 - District Winner (10-11)
Sonia Nagindas -17 - 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 10 - 12, 2015.
Thanks to our Optimist volunteers who marshaled the tournament –Wilson Bedford, Jim Lynge, Ted Simmonds, and Don Staddon. Scorekeeper was Optimist Janet Lewis of Brampton.
Next year’s District Qualifier will be tentatively held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario.
Golf Chair, Tel: (519) 855-6660
Childhood Cancer Campaign Update, Aug 2015
Thanks to everyone for the great response to our collection of nickels and change this year.
At our recent convention in Burlington the following clubs responded with coin donations:
Ancaster – 22.65
Brooklin – 7.85
Newmarket – 107.00
Spencerville – 82.75
Richmond Hill – 104.70
We also received a cheque for $500.00 from Garden City. Many thanks to any other clubs who have contributed directly or in memory of someone. All of these funds have been forwarded to the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation. These funds are used to assist in the Matching Grant Program for the Childhood Cancer Campaign. If your club has not had the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile cause, please send your donation either to myself or CCOF in Montreal. I would appreciate knowing if your club makes a donation so I can track the amount of district will have contributed this Optimist year.
Being a person with cancer and experiencing the treatments and all of the side effects associated, I must say that I cannot fathom the strength of children going through this disease. I have so much admiration for them and their families. Just remember, every little bit helps.
Yours in Optimism, Annette Cowan, CCC District 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.
Read the Optimist International Insurance pamphlet handed out at the convention.
Read through or print the Insurance
Workshop slides shown at the convention.