Central Ontario District #47

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“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.

Distinguished District Status, Here We Come!

I would like to take a moment and thank you for attending the District Convention for what was a once in a life time event for me as an Optimist. You are all special people and so dedicated to our District and the Optimist International organization. You have made such an impact this year in your separate chairs and committees duties you held as well as my Lt. Governors who at times went above and beyond your job descriptions to help your clubs succeed. Finally, thank you to the board members and all the first timers who attended.

There is still time left to make our last days of this administration year even more outstanding. Share this wonderful Optimist District with others in our communities by asking them to join our clubs and share this amazing journey we have all chosen to take in our lives.

Let’s all work together and bring this District once again to “DISTINGUISHED” status. As far as I am concerned we already are. So, Lt. Governors talk to your club Presidents in our Zones to add on just one member. If they all did that would be 58 more Optimists to help our youth. Make sure to remind them what is needed to be that Honour Club. I have found a couple of clubs already who had no idea that they qualify.  Remember to complete the PRESIDENT’S PRIDE report, pay dues in full, honour a person in your club or someone in your community, and be +1 in membership on September 30th.


Sandra Stokes, Governor, Central Ontario District Optimists, ‘Lighting the Way for Youth’


Spencerville Optimist Club 25th Celebration – Invitation to All

Spencerville and District Optimist Club will begin our 25th year of serving the youth in our community.

They are going to have a 25th year kickoff at their dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 30th starting at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm. The meeting will be held at St. Andrew’s Knox Presbyterian Church in Spencerville. All are invited to celebrate with Governor Sandra and Governor-designate Steve.
Please Contact:
President Brian Purcell ,

Spencerville and District Optimist Club, 13 Center St., Box 81, Spencerville, ON., K0E 1X0
Phone: 613-658-3123  Email: bpurcell@purcellinsurance.ca

District Meeting – Moving Forward Together – Nov 13-14, 2015 – at Niagara Falls Optimist Club

(Registration Form) pdf-icon.gif Conference registration form available soon.


FOEC_symbole.jpgCanadian 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 ccof-gus.jpgMontreal. 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 community.
Tom and Carilyn McNaught, CENON District Foundation.

PHOTO: Gus Amodeo, from the Etobicoke Optimist Club received the Christian D. Larson Partners which is a onetime donation of $1,000.

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 Our Kids

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

Ty Wadsworth, 18, of Oshawa, Shot 77 to win all-expense paid trip 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.

Dennis Kwasnicki, District 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.


2015-16 District Meetings & Workshop Dates


District Training Workshops and Meetings, Niagara Falls Optimist Club, Nov 13-14, 2015


District Training Workshops and Annual Awards Luncheon, Newmarket Optimist Club, Feb 5-6, 2016


District Training Workshops, Oratorical Contest, and Fellowship, Holiday Inn, Kingston, May 6-7, 2016

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


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