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