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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.

Forest Park Trivia Night, May 2, 2015

From the edge of the forest, 10th Annual Zone 10 Trivia Night. 7:00 Pm at Knights of Columbus Hall, 5 Forget St. Embrun (downstairs). Registration $60 per team (or $10 per person, singles welcome), Teams of 6. Cash Bar, Munchies, Prizes, Door Prizes, 50/50. Come out and test your knowledge of insignificant and obscure trivial facts while enjoying the fellowship of the Forest Park Optimist Club. Contact Tony Edge, 613-443-2232

Achievement and Awards Results 2013-2014























Lighting the Way T-Shirt Offer

Show your Optimist pride for Central Ontario District by buying a blue t-shirt with proceeds going to the Childhood Cancer Campaign and Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation. You can pre-order from Michelle Stokes or pick one up at the 2nd Quarter Conference Feb 27-28. Download the Flyer for more information.


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
Meetings outline & agendas
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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 a member from The Barge Canal Optimist Club of Lockport, New York.

  • Room Block will be held until ~ January 15, 2015  Indicate ~ Central Ontario District of Optimist International
  • Each Member who is pre-registered will be entered into a draw to receive their Pre-Registration Free. Early Bird draw. Pre-registrations MUST be received prior to February 1, 2015
  • Past Governor Ted’s awards to be handed out at the luncheon.
  • Milton Optimist Club Membership Success Story: Come find out the secret of bringing in new members from the current leading club – MILTON! The Optimist Club of Milton has brought in 18, yes, 18 new members since October 1st! Come hear Governor – Elect Steve and Optimist President Keith reveal their secrets to success. They will show you how you, can bring in as many new members as you want and more. For every member your club adds you make your club stronger and are able to provide more programs and funding to the youth in your community. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Come join in on the fun!

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


District Junior Golf Details 2015
Our District Junior Golf Qualifying Tournament for 2015 will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario. Deadline for submission of paid registrations for the District Tournament is June 12, 2015. Please schedule your local club tournament to be held prior to June 12th.  The cost for registration is $75.00 per golfer which includes greens fees, lunch and prizes. The first tee time will be 12:30 pm.The age groups are 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18 years for boys, and 10-12, 13-14, and 15-18 for girls. The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships will be held at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as follows:
Boys 10-11, 12-13 and Girls 10-12          July 16–21, 2015
Boys 14-15 and Girls 13-14                      July 21–26, 2015
Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18                      July 26- 31, 2015
It is our objective to send two finalists from our District Tournament to Florida. To meet this objective, we require your financial support. Each club that donates $200 or more to the District Tournament will receive an exclusive Hole Sponsorship at the District Tourney. The name of your club will be prominently displayed at the tees.
Cheques should be made payable to: “Dennis Kwasnicki for District Golf”. Please mail to Dennis Kwasnicki, District Golf Chair, 12 Anne Street, Box 171, Hillsburgh, Ontario N0B 1Z0
If you would like assistance in planning your club tournament, please call or email me and I will send templates to make your job easier. (519) 855-6660 or email to Faxes can be sent to (519) 855-6668. Registration forms for your sponsored golfers can be sent to you by email if you prefer. Look forward to a successful District tournament with your registrations, and Hole Sponsorships.
Yours in Optimism, Dennis Kwasnicki, District Junior Golf Chair 2014-15

Childhood Cancer Campaign Update

It was so nice to see so many Optimists at our Quarter Board in November, and I am pleased to report that our CCC drive started off very successful.

Our Bean Bag Toss netted $45.00, with Tony Edge being the declared winner.  The prize was a set of M & M steak knives generously donated by Mac & Linda.  We will be playing again in February and will have another set of knives available.  Please come and test your skill and you will also be helping CCC at the same time.

In the fall we instated the Nickel Campaign for CCC.  We asked that clubs collect nickels at their meetings to help.  The following clubs delivered their nickels to Cobourg: Ancaster, Cornwall, Newmarket, Keswick, Brooklin, Port Colborne, Garden City, Spencerville, and Milton.  Also, Governor Sandra received a $500 donation from the Optimist Club of Grantham—WOW. If you club isn’t shown, please let me know and you will be acknowledged in our next newsletter.

I didn’t have a goal when I started the year for CCC, but I would like to hope that possibly we could raise at least 3000 dollars. 

With the help of your clubs and individuals I am sure this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

I look forward to seeing you all in February and don’t forget your nickels.

Yours in Optimism, Annette Cowan, CCC Chair


Growth Team Report Positive Gains

We have had a very exciting year so far and it would appear we have several members competing for the coveted Platinum Lantern.  Our district is currently sitting at an even 0 in membership, meaning we have added as many members as we have deleted, 66 members to date.  Congratulations to all the clubs that have added members so far this year!

We have a hot competition happening between the Optimist Clubs of Milton and Brooklin.  Milton has added 18 members, many members of the club are getting in on the sponsorship action, leading the way is Kerri Purgavie with 7 members sponsored.  Brooklin has added 15 members and President Karen Santacona is demonstrating her leadership with 10 members sponsored.  Is Milton going to win our district competition again this year or is there another club out there ready to take the title from them…Brooklin perhaps or maybe Cornwall who is sitting in 3rd?

Marijke Coffa’s Zone 3 is leading the way with 22 members added but Zone 8 is nipping at their heels with 15 members added.  Rounding out our top 3 is Susan Brown’s zone 1 with 8 members added.

We are well on our way to a very successful membership year and in our competition against Southwestern District we are in the lead as they are currently sitting at -44.  Do not count them out, we know there is still lots of time so we need to keep on our toes and keep adding new members.

Competitions aside adding members increases the service to the youth in the community.  For every member your club adds you make your club stronger and are able to provide more programs and funding to the youth in your community, isn’t that what it’s all about?  If you would like a member of the growth team to come to your club or zone meeting just let us know, we are always available to help with questions or perhaps to run a NOW program.

Yours In Optimism,

Denise, Steve and Karen, CENON Growth Committee

Denise Nacev, CENON District Gowth Chair,, (905) 332-7798

Governor’s New Year’s Message

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and fellow Optimists a very Happy New Year.

During the fall months I was fortune to be able to visit a number of clubs, attend fundraisers, and anniversary celebrations. In speaking with members, friends and family it was very evident that each and every one of you are passionate about what we as Optimists do for our communities. This is true for members who are charter members, life members, seasoned members, and new members. Each one of us exhibits the qualities of an Optimist!

While we move towards a new year I ask you to join me in working to make sure the children who need us have our help. Share with at least one other person that special feeling you get when you help someone else by asking them to come join in our fun! Some of you may be aware that I had a total knee replacement earlier this month, what you may not know is that I was still attempting to recruit! While on the operating table I was asking the nurses and doctors to come join us in our pursuit. I may not remember much of that time. My Surgeon was able to tell me he knows all about Optimists and what we do when he came to see me a day later. When my daughter came into my room a few hours after I was out of surgery I was trying to recruit my nurse – so she says. While I may not have signed anyone up (that I remember !?!?!) the word has been spread about our community!

President Ken has advised us that Any new Member added between December 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015 will have the $15.00 new Member fee waived. What a great opportunity to share the gift of Optimism is truly a gift worth giving that will give back.

In closing, I hope to be able to visit more clubs in 2015 and get to share stories, fellowship and laughter with you. Please do not hesitate to invite me – I will come, with Optimist Barry if I can. January might not be a month of visits due to physiotherapy and focusing on strengthening my health so that I can be the best representative of our District that I can be. I look forward to coming back with full Optimism in February!

From our house to yours – Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy and safe New Year! 

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


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.


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)





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.


2015 District Meetings & Workshop Date

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


International Convention, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, July 9-11,2015


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