What a great year we are having in CENON with the addition of new adult and JOI clubs. I cannot thank all those involved enough, great job and give yourselves a pat on the back. For everyone who has brought in a new member(s) thanks from the bottom of my heart.
We have just had our 3rd conference and what a fantastic day with 8 extremely gifted contestants in our oratorical competition. I am so relieved that I do not have to judge these presentations. We also heard the winning essay and once again I am impressed by all the youth that have participated. Thanks to Optimists Michelle and Marijke for jobs well done.
It has been such a rewarding year and I am saddened by the fact that I only have approximately 4 months left as your governor. I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I have had visiting clubs, partaking in zone meetings and learning about all the great things you are doing for the youth in your respective communities.
As I am sure you have heard at our conferences plans are well underway for our annual convention taking place in Markham from August 18-21/17. We have many activities planned, great training seminars, a spouse’s program and a scotch nosing. On Saturday night, we are having a murder mystery with everyone in attendance trying to solve who the felon is. That will be followed by (and i want you all to save up your comments about me) a roast of the Governor with all the proceeds going to the CCOF (Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.)
Please remember that when you register before July 1st you will be entered into a draw for 2 nights free lodging.
I cannot stress enough that we do need registrations in order to confirm numbers to the hotel for meals. I do not want any of you to miss out on the companionship that these events provide.
In the meantime, please continue to make yourselves, your communities and the youth all the best they can be. I know that CENON (the best district in all of Optimist International) will be mentioned in Albuquerque at the international convention and it is with great pride that I will represent all of you.
Thanks for everything you have and are doing this year and remember it is all about the youth as we “Drive Optimism Forward” because “Together We Can”