Well spring has sprung the grass has riz, wonder where the birdies is, or in our case, where our next leaders is. With spring comes the job of recruiting new talent to lead us into the future. Now that the economy is in turmoil and the future uncertain is the time when our youth need us more than ever for some sense of direction and focus. Please encourage the members in your club to step forward and challenge themselves to the future of our organization either as club executive or to our district team. We welcome and encourage new people to join the district executive as this is where new ideas come from.
Some zones in our district have been without a Lt Governor for many years, this can not continue, we must offer leadership to those clubs affected. I encourage anyone who knows of an Optimist member in there area who would be a potential leader to step up to the plate and help, our district team grow.
The last few weeks have been exciting, as I have inducted several new members in various clubs, this is very encouraging and we are proud to welcome these new members. I have also been working with Adrian’s Army, as we start the new club initiative in Shelburne. I hope to have more to report shortly on the outcome of this effort. I am extremely proud of this executive and the results we are achieving this year and thank everyone involved for making this a successful year to date.
Our Great Lakes Region is number 2 in all of Optimist International, and Central Ontario is well up in the top districts and of this we should all feel proud. Our district will be pleased at the 3rd quarter in Kingston to host International President Don and Anita Sievers and encourage all to come and honour his visit. It does not happen every year and we are honoured to have them present as we honour our champions in Essay, Oratorical, and Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in Kingston. Governor Paul