October 1st, 2012 - It is hard to believe that this day is the start of a new year for us. After all it is only one day on the calendar, the goals, challenges and opportunities remain the same. Our Executive and Board of Directors for this year is a blend of experienced, and new to the position individuals which should give us the best of worlds, experience, and fresh ideas. “TEAM HOLLWOOD” is made up of almost fifteen hundred members within our Central Ontario District. You are correct each and every one of you is a member on this team, making a difference in the lives of the youth in our communities we serve. We are the team that will make a difference and drive our organization forward.
As I sit here composing this message to you, I am reflecting on how quickly the time has flown by since I first agreed to put my name forward for Governor for this great organization which I love so dearly. The month of September for Barbara and I was filled with the joy of training, club visitations, installations of new executives, and club anniversaries. Each of these visits filled us with the warmth of fellowship, and a deep sense of pride for the great accomplishments made in your communities. I would not be truthful if I told you this was an easy task, but the inspiration we received from each and every one we met drove us on to the next visit, and hopefully many, many more! I have made it one of my personal goals for this year to visit as many clubs as is humanly possible. If you wish us to visit your club, zone meeting or special event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Barbara at email@example.com . Barbara as committed to keeping me on the straight and narrow with an electronic calendar that is hooked to my hip.
This year will be marked as the M&M year. Yes those great little candies that most children love and want more & more of. For us as Optimists it will be our symbol for more & more members, serving more & more youth, having more & more fun!
I would be remiss if I didn’t pay tribute to our Immediate Past Governor Anne Donkers for the excellent work her and her team committed to and carried out in the past year, and her commitment to the team this year. Anne you have left me very large shoes to fill.
Our year will be filled with opportunities and challenges, let’s seize the opportunities and hold strong to our creed, and our purpose of serving the youth as we face our challenges.
Together we will make a difference!
Thank you in advance to each and every one of you.
Yours in Optimism,
your Governor for 2012 2013 for Central Ontario District of Optimist International