Happy Optimist New Year! It has been my absolute pleasure traveling around meeting and speaking with so many of you this year. The work that Optimist clubs are doing for children throughout our Central Ontario District is nothing short of amazing. The friendship and fellowship I observed and was lucky enough to be the recipient of keeps a smile on my face. Thank you for all that you do!
The lesson I learned this past year is that when Optimists all work together, nothing is impossible. It was the inspiration for this year’s theme of Moving Forward Together….Right Here, Right Now! During serious discussions about challenges facing clubs, the words, “if we just had more people, we could do so much more,” seemed to echo from Optimist meeting rooms everywhere.
This year we are going to start putting an end to that recurring conversation. In the next twelve months Central Ontario District is going to embark on the most aggressive growth surge strategy attempted in our modern era of optimism. Our world has changed so much in the past two decades. Success is going to require the participation of all of our members to pull this off. The wisdom and experience of our most seasoned veterans, the technological and social media skills of our very young and everyone in between.
Thanks to all of you, we are starting this surge with 1500+ members and 58 clubs. An attainable goal for next year at this time would be 1750 members with 65 clubs. WE really can do this if we work together!
Putting numbers out there without making some people feel like they are being reduced to being just a “number” is difficult. Please read a little more while I list some more. Each Optimist serves an average of 35 children. 1500 X 35=52,500 children currently being helped by us. 1750 X 35=61,250 children being helped by us. That is an increase of 8,750 children. These are numbers worth being part of!!
Nothing is impossible when Optimist work together. Everyone is going to be part of the plan, everyone is going to be part of the solution. We are going to start MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER and the time and place to start is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!
Yours In Optimism,
Governor Steve Gardonyi, 2015-2016