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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Social distancing won't stop optimism. Stay safe at home

I saw a meme on Facebook that said March came in like a lion and went out like a seven-headed beast. Oh my, that is the truth!

Unprecedented times have arisen from a foe never seen before: COVID-19. The coronavirus has stalled the economy, placed health care workers on the frontline, and sent individuals into isolation to "flatten the curve," a reference to limiting the number of deaths that could occur if we do nothing to address its virulence. Cities, states, and countries around the world have taken this warning seriously and put social distancing orders in place.

Social distancing means we must stay at least six feet apart from others when we are outside and more directly, we should stay inside and safe at home. Only essential workers should be reporting to work and all social gatherings of ten or more have been canceled or postponed.

Staying with these orders, Optimist International has canceled its 2020 Optimist International Convention, the 2020 Junior Optimist Convention, and the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. More information may be found here.

The Optimist Scholarship Contests will continue and have been shifted to online programs. Information for competing in the Optimist International World Oratorical Championships will come directly from Optimist International. The PNW District competition will be held via ZOOM on April 25, 2020, and more information will be posted on Facebook as received. Click here for general directions to host an online contest. 

Now for our most important announcement:
Social distancing won't stop optimism. Stay safe at home. 

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Click here to connect with Optimist International on Facebook.

Stay connected, stay positive, and stay well.




Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Let's talk about the structure of Optimist International

Membership organizations have struggled to renew their membership ranks for many years. The questions that face membership departments and their respective boards of directors are how useful is the current format to existing members and how relevant are the services the organization provides to potential members?

These are two very good questions indeed, and finally, Optimist International has decided to have a conversation with its existing members regarding their thoughts on how the organization may be reimagined and situated to succeed in 2020 and the years beyond.

Please watch President Adrian Elcock's video and then go to the Optimist International President's Facebook page and offer your suggestions. Join in the conversation and make a difference.






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