The sun is shining and warming everything up. The first flowers are blooming! What a great way to start our third quarter.
Along with the beginning of spring, our Optimist year is getting busy too. We are so excited about the new International Oratorical Contest. Clubs should be getting ready to host their contests in the next couple weeks and then the District contest at their third quarter. From there each district will send one contestant to the regional contest in St. Louis on June 23, and then the International competition on June 24th. This is a great opportunity for the students. But please keep in mind that if contestants aren’t able to attend St. Louis they will still be able to participate thanks to modern technology.
Regional Summit – Niagara Falls April 30th
At the end of April please join us for our Regional Summit. Held at the Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway Hotel. We have a wonderful line up of trainers and all new info designed to help the clubs of our districts. I really hope to see at least one representative from each club. Check the website for more info.
At the summit I will be presenting the winners from our 2nd quarter challenge. The club from each district that brought in the most members will receive a delicious cake presented to them at the luncheon. The cut off is April 15th so you still have time to bring in some new members!
NOW is the Time for a Membership Drive
Our numbers are slowly climbing but we need to step up our game. We need to get into the positive range. I know we can do it. Spring/summer is a great time for a NOW event. Invite friends out to a Bar-B-Q, a strawberry social, your next community event.
New Clubs in New Communities – a Great Club Service Project
There are new clubs in the planning stages. If anyone knows of a spot for a New Club please let us know and let’s get building. Let’s spread the Optimist word, and help the youth in our communities.
Please contact me if you have any questions and concerns.
Optimist International Vice President
Anne_donkers@hotmail.com | 613-577-1588