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·    Governor 2013-2014
Ted Simmonds

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Denise Nacev




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District Secretary:
Denise Nacev

3005 Headon Forest Dr.

Burlington. L7M 3Y2


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)
pdf-icon.gif (printable) Conference registration and hotel information

(Pending) Agenda Outline                 pdf-icon.gif    (printable) Outline of the weekend program

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


Barrie Optimist Icons Taken Hostage

At a Zone Meeting/Inter-Club Meeting in June the President's Bell (the Charter Bell) and gavel from the Optimist Club of Barrie were taken hostage.  To-date NO ransom note has been received and no word of the whereabouts of the items has been received.  In attendance at the meeting were the Governor and a number of members from Newmarket and Collinwood Optimist Clubs. It is possible there were members from Keswick there who are dual members with Newmarket. Anyway, Barrie would dearly love its bell and gavel back and they are prepared to negotiate or pay the price, or for that matter take the item back no questions asked should anyone know it's whereabouts.  A picture is attached that fairly represents the items although the bell is considerably tarnished.

If you know where our bell and gavel is please contact the President of the Optimist Club of Barrie by email. George Clarke


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


Cameron Brennan, of Erin, shot 76 to win an all-expense paid trip to the Optimist International Championships in Florida

On a sunny day, thirty-six (36) young golfers competed in the Annual Optimist Central Ontario District Junior Qualifying Golf Tournament held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Caledon Country Club.
Cameron Brennan, 18, of Erin 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.  Kevin Gordon, 16, of Whitby, and Noah Harkness, 16, of Toronto both shot 77 to finish in a close tie for second.  Finishing fourth was Ben Thompson, 17, of Scarborough with a score of 78.
The winner in the 14-15 age group was Mathew Wake,14, of Ennismore with a remarkable score of 76. Mathew also qualified to compete in Florida. Second place was won by 14 year old Shawn Patterson of Prescott with a score of 77.
  In the 12-13 age group, the trophy was claimed by 12 year old Bavake Sihota of Brampton with a score of 82.  Bavake will advance to Florida. Last year Bavake won at Caledon in the 10-11 age group.

In the 10-11 age group the winner was 11 year old Ben Hirasawa with a score of 96.

Katie Mctaggart, 16, of Guelph shot 82 to win the 15-18 girls category and was awarded best Female Golfer.  Katie also qualified for Florida.

The following five 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 19 – 29th, 2014:

Cameron Brennan - 18 - District  Winner  (16-18)

Mathew Wake         -14 - District  Winner (14-15)

Bavake Sihota          -12 -  District Winner (12-13)

Ben Hirasawa           -11 - District Winner (10-11)

Katie McTaggart      -16 - 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 11 - 13, 2014.

Thanks to our Optimist volunteers who marshaled the tournament –Wilson Bedford, Jim Lynge, and Don Staddon. Scorekeeper was Optimist Janet Lewis of Brampton.

Next year’s District Qualifier will be tentatively held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Caledon Country Club, Inglewood, Ontario. Contact: Dennis Kwasnicki, District Golf Chair, Tel: (519) 855-6660


Where will our Mascot Candy be Spotted?

Governor Ted was recently given a very nice giraffe named Candy. Unfortunately, it would appear she is an albino giraffe—she has lost all her spots! You can help Candy get spotted—and help the CCOF!  (See attached poster).

For a $20 tax-deductible donation to the CCOF, Governor Ted will add a spot to Candy. Our giraffe researcher has assured us most giraffes have 200 spots. So, there are plenty of spots to fill! Can Candy get 200 spots before Peterborough in August?

Please invite Governor Ted out to your Club and Zone functions. His e-mail address is  Take pictures of Candy and her growing spots and send them to Governor Ted. The pictures will be added to the CENON Facebook page with the caption “Candy was spotted at the Optimist Club of…” so everyone will know you have had a Candy visit.


Top 10 Clubs, Clubs in Zone, Honoured at District Awards Presentation

A&A – Achievements and Awards competition was scored and announced for last year finally by Chair Lauralee Reily.


Zone 1 – St. Catharine’s

Zone 2 – Ancaster

Zone 3 – Milton

Zone 4 – Etobicoke

Zone 5 – Aurora

Zone 6  - Caledon

Zone 7 – Barrie

Zone 8 – Brooklin

Zone 9 – Ennismore

Zone 10 – Cornwall


10th - Barrie

9th  - Oakville

8th  - Ancaster

7th  - Garden City

6th  - Cornwall

5th  - St. Catharines

4th  - Newmarket

3rd  - Brooklin

2nd - Milton

1st  - Aurora

Where will the herd of giraffes be going, after the Convention in August?

The giraffes will find their way to the local hospital - or the designated hospital, of the clubs and individuals who donate them. They should be submitted to me first - at the August Convention - so I can make a record of the donors, for A & A points, and other rewards, but then they will be returned for delivery at the convenience of the donors.

I know there are some wooden or ceramic ones, that are probably inappropriate gifts, but I am willing to negotiate a price for them, so that the donating club will be able to add the money to their donation, or go out and purchase giraffes that are more "child-friendly".

Governor Ted


NOW Meetings Offer Opportunities for New Optimist Members

In Zone 1, Port Colborne has had a NOW meeting and gained 3 new recruits.

            2, Hamilton East had one and gained 5

                Stoney Creek had a Grey Cup celebration to which young couples were invited,

                 and which formed a less-stressful occasion than a typical NOW meeting - they gained 4.

            3, Milton did not need one, but gained 6 members anyway.

            4, Despite all efforts inside clubs, no NOW meetings were held, and no recruiting has happened this week.

            5, Keswick gained one member, but there were no NOW meetings.

            6, Orangeville and Erin gained 1 member each, but have held no NOW meetings yet.

            7, Collingwood gained 3, without a NOW Meeting

            8, Brooklin and Oshawa gained 3 each, with no NOW meetings.

            9, Lindsay gained 4. They lost a member earlier, so are now are + 3.

           10, Lancaster gained 3, so I gave them credit a NOW meeting.

Obviously some of this has been conjecture on my part, as I said it might, but CENON has submitted a report, (5 NOW meetings, + 18 new members) Congratulations to those Clubs that are growing!

Please let me know your plans for future NOW meetings. I know Oakville has one planned in April, and Orangeville usually has one once a year. Please let me know of other occasions you can call "NOW Meetings". (Referring to Zone 2, Stoney Creek - above, for a suggestion. Celebrate the Olympics, the Oscars, the Masters, the NCAA basketball tourney, the Stanley Cup, the Indy 500, or whatever else you'd like to invite people to, and throw in some Optimism; then let me know so I can report those parties.)

If you really want to enrich your communities through Optimism, recruit many more Optimists, and build new clubs, and we will all live happily ever after.

Please continue to support the programs for the benefit of the youths in your communities - what Optimism really stands for. That is what is important to me, and the kids we are standing tall for.

Governor Ted Simmonds


90th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Hamilton

We, the Optimist Club of Hamilton, the oldest Optimist Club in Canada, are going to have our 90th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Saturday, June 7, 2014! Please save the date in your calendar to make sure that you will celebrate with us.

St. Naum' Church Hall, 1150 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, ON Canada

Doors open 5 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m., Tickets $40.00/person

Contact: Laszlo A. Gauder,  | 52 Elgar Ave, Hamilton, ON L9C 4E1




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.