My fellow Optimists,
It is hard to believe that the Optimist year is nearing an end. As Optimists, we should take this time to reflect upon the many achievements our clubs have made in our communities and many lives that have been impacted by our positive actions. It is fulfilling to know that we joined such a worthy service organization.
I am proud to report that the District is getting close to meeting its membership goal of net +16 in 2016! But, a lot of work still needs to be accomplished to finish the year strong. In these final weeks, please take advantage of the various membership incentives. It is not too late to “just ask” an educator or a young person under age 30 or “friend” to be an Optimist. Every new member can make a big difference in your club and in the life of a child, the “Heart of It All” - Right Here, Right Now!
This is a final reminder to clubs to turn in your year-end reports. If your club has not turned in your Club Officer Elect Report (COER), please do so as soon as possible. Club presidents have until September 30 to submit their “President’s Pride Report”, a requirement to be a Distinguished president. These fairly simple reports can be quickly completed and submitted online at optimistleaders.org or can be mailed to Optimist International.
Several clubs have monies owed to Optimist International and to the District for dues and other related fees. It is critically important that these be paid in full by September 30. Lt. Governors will be contacting clubs to remind them.
The 2016 Ohio District Convention, held last month in Fairborn, was a huge success. One hundred Optimist members and guests together enjoyed for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and training. OI Representative, Janet Oord Graves, joined us and shared her knowledge and passion of Optimism. Attending delegates elected Tom Kendo, from the Kettering Dor-Wood Optimist Club, as Governor-Elect for the 2016-2017 year. I would like to thank Convention Chair, Mike McGrew, and the entire Convention Committee for all their hard work.
As my year as Governor comes to a close, I would like to say that it has been truly an honor and a privilege to lead and represent the great Ohio District during the 2015-2016 Optimist year. I would like to personally thank my District leadership team for a job well done and to all the clubs for your support and the warm hospitality extended during my visits. Through everyone’s hard efforts, the District has achieved tremendous success and is well positioned for the future. Let us continue that success next year by supporting Governor-Designate, Cherie Gentry, and her team in helping them move the District forward to serve more kids.
Yours in Optimism,
District Governor 2015 - 2016