Spring Message from the Governor

Happy Spring Everyone! I hope you had a restful long winter’s nap and you’re ready to come out of hibernation, and do the work of Optimism! It’s time to help the youth of your community! The spring sports are here and the smell of Tri-Star soccer and bike safety programs are in the air! Volunteer to help your local JOI Clubs with their projects. Don’t have a local JOI Club, time for you to get off the bench, and get in the game, by helping your Club build a new JOI Club in your city or township!

It’s hard to believe the first half of the 2017-2018 Optimist Strong Year is over! I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to attend the 3rd Quarter Ohio District Conference May 5, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin, Ohio. This Conference is not just for District officers, Lt. Governors, Club Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers, although I invite every single one of them to attend.

This Conference is for every member of all 67 Clubs to attend! In addition to our District Board Meeting, we have Membership & New Club Building awards to present, back by popular demand, Roundtable breakouts with 3 topics to learn, share and exchange ideas between Clubs. We also have the awesome Oratorical Contest, Essay Contest and CCDHH Contest winners to present with awards. JOI District presentation and important Committee announcements will be shared, along with key information about the July International Convention and August Ohio District Convention!

The theme for the May District Conference is Run for the Roses! That means Fun & Fellowship! You have to see the awesome snacks, drinks, theme costumes and decorations that Hospitality Chairman Rick Armstrong has in store for you! Kentucky Derby Fans have no fear! We will be watching the Run for the Roses immediately following a special Derby Dinner planned by First Lady Jennifer! (No green beans!)

See you at the May District Conference! Thank you for being the Difference for the youth of Ohio!

Stay Optimist Strong, Governor Tom Kendo



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