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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 1st Quarter Conference, Training Nov 14-15, 2014

Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre. 
Registration Form (.doc)
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Agenda Details                 pdf-icon.gif    (printable) Outline of the weekend program

(Pending) Service Project       pdf-icon.gif   (printable)

Morning Session 1 (8:15am) - It's an Engagement Party
All members need to feel wanted whether they are a new member or long standing member. Come hear our International Vice President and Certified International Trainer Fatima Plater speak on engaging our members! You'll find new ways to bring life back into our clubs and energy back into our members! Bring your questions for discussion.
Morning Session 2 (10:00am) - Breathing Easy - Clearing up the Not-For-Profit Legislation
Did you find the Not-For-Profit session last year overwhelming? Not sure what you need to be doing? How big of a 'job' is this for your club? Not to worry! We have Nicole Mondu and Robert Doyle coming to clear things up for us. We will be walked through the forms we need to use, which have been discontinued, and how long we really have to get ready. You'll be able to walk away breathing easy after this session.



Leadership Workshop 2014-2015

Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:15am – 3:15pm (Lunch Provided) Incoming 2014–2015 President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Lieutenant Governors who did not attend at Convention August 16 in Peterborough. Domenic Agostino Riverdale
Community Centre, 150 Violet Drive, Hamilton.
Topics will include: Goals & Objectives, Introductions, Using the Optimist Websites, Forms & Reports, Lieutenant Governor’s roles, Optimist International Incentives 2014–2015, Dues, Budgets, District Programs, Motivating and Recognizing Members – PGI, Quarter Boards and Convention Dates, and Meetings.

Please confirm attendance with Michelle Stokes at 905-560-9808 or, no later than Friday, October 24th.


Jack the Ripper Visits Burlington Optimists Nov 8th

Optimist Club of Burlington's Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance.  This year's event will be held at the Burlington Seniors Centre on Saturday, November 8th. Tickets are $50 each and will include, dinner and the show.  There will be lots of door prizes and silent auction items. Funds raised will go towards COLS and Food4Kids.  Link to details.  

This event is always a sellout, so get your tickets soon! Contact Marijke Coffa 905-580-0738 for more information.

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

Central Ontario District Essay contest winner 2013-14

The topic of “How Dreams Lead to Success” was well presented by the following students:

  • First Place winner was Vanessa Sandoval sponsored by the Optimist Club of Forest Park.
  • Second Place winner was Ilker Hadghalaran sponsored by the Optimist Club of Oakville.
  • Third Place winner was Yonit Levin sponsored by the Optimist Club of Newmarket.

Congratulations to all the contestants from the District contest.

Essay Chairperson and Past Governor Terry Twocock






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.