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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Caldwell Optimists take kids to the movies

Earlier this week, the Idaho Press Tribune ran a short but impressive tribute the Caldwell Optimist Club. They recognized them, along with Mayor Garrett Nancolas, for honoring the youth of the community at Youth Appreciation Day on November 12.

As part of the activities, Mayor Nancolas  signed an official proclamation declaring the day to be Youth Appreciation Day in the City of Caldwell and the Caldwell Optimists sponsored free movies for children through 5th grade at the Reel Theatre.

According to Marlene Terry, a columnist for the Idaho Press Tribune who writes under the pseudonym Ida Chatter, the Caldwell Optimist Club is also known for youth soccer and bringing back the PAL Boxing Invitational, among other things.

Sometimes it takes a little time and persistence for our media outlets to recognize the small, but meaningful activities our Optimist Clubs perform in our communities. Thanks to the Idaho Press Tribune for noticing and many thanks to the Caldwell Optimist Club and President Connie Holt for all that you do.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Optimist volunteers at Boise State football games for 37 years

Frank Smoke, Optimist Volunteer at Boise State
Last week, The Idaho Statesman published a front-page article about Optimist volunteer Frank Smoke, "91-year-old Boise State fan stands out from crowd."

A member of the Boise Noon Optimist Club, he has been selling programs at Boise State football programs, along with other club members, for 37 years. That means he's been a dedicated Bronco fan and a true optimist for serving when the team was building up to the powerhouse that it is today. What's more, he's been wearing the same Optimist Club vest for all of those years.

On behalf of the Boise Noon Optimist Club,
Gary Arbaugh, Mark "Sparky"Anderson,
Sue Oliver and Michael Bouton
thank Frank Smoke for his service
Frank was recognized at the Boise Noon Optimist Club meeting this week and presented a framed copy of the Idaho Statesman article.

The Boise Noon Optimist Club shares a special relationship with the Boise State athletics. Selling programs at events is one way that the university helps support the Boise Noon Optimist youth football program. During the Humanitarian Bowl, held on December 17, the club was able to raise $744 selling programs. That money is returned directly to the community for the Optimist Youth Sports Complex.

On behalf of the PNW District, I send many thanks to Frank Smoke for his years of service.

Football is not all that the Boise Noon Optimist Club is involved in. This Christmas they could be found raising money ($1,200) for the Idaho Youth Ranch and purchasing coats for girls in the Youth Ranch program, helping with a Christmas party and Santa's Toy Box at St. Luke's Hospital and MSTI, among other things.

Thanks to Katy Moeller and The Idaho Statesman for the original article about Mr.Smoke. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Optimism: What it's all about

"I love the moments in your life where you look around and you know you are doing something right!" - Lareena Roberson, President, Tri Cities Optimist Club

What a powerful statement!

As the Tri Cities Optimist Club completes their shopping today for the families they have adopted for the Christmas season, it is easy to see that they are a group that truly enjoys what they are doing, and that they are enjoying each other's company in the process. Finding joy as well as purpose in our lives is so important to our mental well-being.

Photos by Lareena Roberson

We often look for our projects to make a difference in the lives of others, but why not take just a few moments, especially during the holiday season, to reflect on how your participation in your Optimist Club has affected you.

Be grateful for the difference the Optimist Club has made in your life and continues to make every day. That's what optimism is all about.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Coquitlam Optimist Club: Breakfast with Santa Fights Hunger

Coquitlam Optimist Club: Breakfast with Santa Fights Hunger: 

Last Saturday, over 300 Sparks, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs (with assorted leaders, parents and siblings) enjoyed food, fun and a visit from Santa at the Coquitlam Optimist Club's annual Pancake Breakfast.

 Shown here is Pancake Chef Extraordinaire Hal Griffin wearing a hat made especially for him that day.

 Please click on the link to read more at the Coquitlam Optimist Club blog.

Thanks to blog editor Annette Smith for sharing the story.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A new directive to cure childhood cancer

President Jack Creswell has just completed his first board meeting in St. Louis and sends a message to the members of Optimist International about 100% and then some.

For Jack and his wife Sue, the slogan has a special meaning as they, along with the Board of Directors, have promised additional support to John Hopkins University to cure childhood cancer. Optimist members throughout the United States and the Caribbean helped the organization reach its first, second and third level of commitment with the university and stepping up to do just a little more is what being an Optimist is all about.

Watch for more information online and in the Optimist magazine about the $500,000 commitment to cure childhood cancer.

When making your charitable donation through the Optimist International Foundation,be sure to write "cancer research" on your check or correspondence. Thank you.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Salem Optimists honor 5 students at Youth Appreciation Day

Salem Optimist Club
Youth Appreciation Day
The Optimist Club of Salem honored five students at Youth Appreciation Day on December 9. Recognized for achievement in fine and performing arts were Derrick Holmes, Nick Bailon,  Abby Brockamp,  Rosita Olaide and Brandon Conrad.

The Salem Optimist Club shared the following story about the students on their Facebook page .
Paul Negstad, chairperson for youth appreciation for many years, shared the emcee role with club president Calvin Steck. Three boys and two girls received plaques and a cash award at the ceremony's conclusion.

Senior Derrick Holmes of Chemawa Indian School is a member of the Hopi tribe in Arizona. He sings and dances with a performing arts group, and also is a student lead in his second year at Chemawa. Derrick intends to attend Arizona State University, major in engineering or architecture and then return to his tribe.

McKay's honoree, Nick Bailon, is a sophomore who both plays cello and makes pottery. His first chair in botht eh McKay and Salem Youth Symphony Orchestrats. Called "an original thinker" by his potter teacher, Nick is in four advance-placement classes. His mother, Lisa Garcia, joined Nick at the luncheon.

Abby Brockamp of North Salem has won first place two years running in district choral competition. A junior, Abby is a soprano who sings in her church choir and directs a choir at girls camp. She is vice president of Norths' Concert choir. Abby's mother, Tammy, was a luncheon Guest.

"She is the embodiment of our choir program." That's how Spraque senior Rosita Olaide was described by directory David Brown. Rosita told the luncheon crowd that she wants to go to Chemeketa Community College and study psychology. At some point, Rosita added, she plans to take over her parent's business, which is a prison drug and alcohol treatment consulting firm.

Brandon Conrad, a senior at Western Mennonite School, told luncheon attendees that he participates in every musical thing at the school. For example, Brandon is in the Jazz band, a cappella choir, and the lead in a musical. Brandon heads the worship team in chapel and he plays the guitar as well as the bass and piano. He is hoping to attend Seattle Pacific University and major in music.

What a nice honor!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

How to Pick up the Pace in your Optimist Club

In addition to the international theme of "100% and then some...," the Optimist International Membership Committee challenges all Optimist Clubs and their members to "Pick up the Pace" with action, enthusiasm, passion and commitment.

They have designed a year's worth of programs, one for every month, to keep your interest for adding new members high.

Please click on the monthly program suggestions to learn more:

October - Halloween Friend Parties 
November - The NOW Challenge 
December - A Gift of Optimism 
Centennial Member Incentive 
January - New Year, New Resolutions 
Friendly February 
March is for Smiles 
April - Volunteer Month 
May - National Hamburger Month 
Flying High in June 
July - Bring a Friend to Convention 
August - Kids Go Back to School 
September Calendar

Friday, December 9, 2011

Coats for Kids program going strong in Jerome

Treasurer Julie Stadelman accepts a
donation from Patsy Bland and the
Magic Valley Early Iron Club. 
The Jerome Optimist Club has been working hard again this year on one of their favorite projects: Coats for Kids. Led by Santa Sheri (Sheri Mitchell), the club recently filled some of their coat orders with help from "elves" in the community from local schools, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

They also welcomed a donation of 60 coats from the Snake River Corvette Club and Patsy Bland, Chair of the Twin Falls Optimist Club Coats for Kids program dropped by with a donation of $500 for Jerome's Coats for Kids efforts. The donation was a gift from the Magic Valley Early Iron Club, a club that produces classic car shows.

The Coats for Kids program accepts new and gently used coats that the club refurbishes, cleans and redistributes in the community. When sizes are requested that are not on hand or supplies run low, the Optimist Club will purchase coats for children in need. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Thanks to Robin Stanhope, Jerome Optimist Club Secretary and Bulletin Editor for the story. Robin invites you to visit the Jerome Optimist Club blog for more updates on club projects. If you live or work in the Jerome community, consider getting involved by joining the club today.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Support healthy lifestyle choices with games and fun

The Lake Washington Optimist Club has added "healthy" to the mission statement for their Optimist Club: "By providing hope and a "healthy" positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids."

One way they are pursuing that goal is to partner with Bastyr University on the Apple Core Program. Take a look at how simple it is for your Optimist Club to adopt an anti-obesity program and to encourage childhood wellness in your community.

The Optimist Club participated in the program in October and learned how to help children - and adults - make healthy lifestyle choices with games and fun.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Middleton Area Optimist Club finds vital partnership

At a recent meeting, the Middleton Area Optimist Club learned that partnerships can be the key to finding what services your community needs most.

When the Middleton Gazette newspaper publisher and Optimist Club member Becky O'Meara brought her husband, Tim, with her to a meeting to discuss his role as chairman of the Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation District, the idea of movies in the park evolved. Twenty minutes later, a plan was conceived to raise the funds needed to purchase the equipment, including an outdoor screen, projector and PA system, and the Middleton Area Optimist Club was committed to staffing the event on an ongoing basis.

It's a partnership that is still being developed and molded, but one that will bring the Optimist Club greater exposure in the community which they hope will lead to more projects and people that want to work together to do great things for the Middleton area.

Already identified as potential assistants in the project are the area school students, including the Vision Charter School where a JOOI Club is being established. Since the partnership was announced earlier this month, two new members have joined.

According to President Russ Nelson, finding a direction  was  an important step in the club's progress. "Without a clear purpose, we were losing interest. We're headed in the right direction now with a project that the community will enjoy, and a way to pay for it that will lead to more projects in the future," explained Nelson. He promised to share more information soon.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

PNW District - Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2011-2012

“How My Optimism Helps Me Overcome Obstacles”
  Submitted by Jeanne Large, Oratorical Chair

Since its start in 1928, the Oratorical contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International.  The contest is designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking and to provide them with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship. 

Optimist International’s 2012 Oratorical Contest has a theme that speaks to the heart of every Optimist volunteer.  When a volunteer stands up and says “Yes, I can!” children are given the opportunity to learn the invaluable skill of public speaking, experience the warmth of volunteers who care, and hear the empowering words of their fellow speakers. 

If you and your club think that this is an opportunity that you want the children in your community to have, now is the time to start planning for it.  Now is the time to let school speech and communication departments know about the theme and timelines, contact youth who have participated in the last couple of years and who might still be eligible, and prepare flyers that can be publicly available in libraries and community centers. 

It is also time to budget for the contest so that your contestants can be offered cash prizes, now possible for club level events.  Clubs are allowed to give monetary awards up to $500 per winner in addition to the official medallions.  The club level awards may be given in the form of a scholarship, savings bond or cash prize.  The cash incentives will attract speakers of they know about them.

Optimist International and your PNW District Oratorical Chairperson, Jeanne Large, are readily available to help you make it happen.  The complete rules and all the forms are available online at http://www.optimist.org.  To locate this year’s guides, just go to the “Members” area of the website, select “Programs” and then go to either “Scholarship Contests” or “Planning Guides”.  The planning guides are also available under the “Club” and “District” tabs atwww.optimistleaders.org

Some key dates:  
  • District Oratorical Contest:  May 18-19, 2012, Best Western Agate Beach, Newport, OR
  • Regional Oratorical Events:  At least two weeks prior to District Event –late April 2012
  • Zone Oratorical Events:  At least two weeks prior to Regional Event –early April 2012
  • Club Oratorical Contests:  At least two weeks prior to the Zone Event -March, 2012
  • Deadline to register an event with District Chair, Jeanne Large - January 31, 2012

To let me know if your club is interested in sponsoring a contest, to volunteer to be a Regional Chair for these events or for more contest information and support, please contact:
Jeanne Large at  jeannemlarge2010@hotmail.com or call 206-794-2900.


Monday, November 14, 2011

It will be here before you know it

It started last week. First, Robin Stanhope of the Twin Falls Optimist Club sent a friendly reminder that Christmas was only 45 days away.

Then in the car, I heard it ... you know what I'm talking about ... the dreaded first Christmas carol of the season. Point of order, Mr. DJ, it was not lovely weather for a sleigh ride together because I was happily enjoying the delightful 55 degrees and sunny day with no snow in sight, not even in the Boise foothills. 

And then my friends in the Meridian and Eagle Optimist Clubs emailed their flyers for the annual Christmas Tree sales.

Yes, Christmas will be here before you know it. As most of our Optimist Club in the Pacific Northwest District have special activities to celebrate the season, we thought this would be a good time to tell us about them. Please comment here. Tell us:
  • Your favorite Christmas holiday Optimist Club project.
  • A favorite memory from holidays past. 
  • Advertise your Breakfast with Santa or other project. 

To comment, please click on the link below. We allow anonymous comments on our blog, but it's more fun if you tell us who you are and what Optimist Club you are with. 

Comments placed two weeks after this post are moderated and will appear a short time after they are made. All other comments should appear immediately. 

Go to it! Let's start the season with enthusiasm! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's an ACPC? I'm glad you asked!

Click to enlarge and print 
We are forty days into a new administrative year for Optimist Clubs and Optimist International. By now, your club president should have heard from your Lt. Governor and hopefully, the Lt. Governor visited your club to complete the Annual Club Planning Conference (ACPC) report.

The ACPC is a tool that helps your new club officers plan for the activities that they want to accomplish during the year. By asking obvious questions, like what are your club dues and do you have an annual budget, clubs are reminded that they must tend to the business side of the organization.

By asking the Club Chair names, the president is encouraged to delegate duties. And by asking about goals in membership, participation and service, the Lt. Governor can learn how they might help the clubs in their zone be successful.

The ACPC has returned this year as an important club development resource. International President Jack Creswell emphasizes that  Lt. Governors should have this discussion with the clubs in their zone so that they may also identify problem areas and offer district services for support.

Many of the questions on the report can be answered by your secretary-treasurer, but that's really not the point. No one wants to fill out paperwork just for the sake of doing paperwork. Please take ten to fifteen minutes of your time at your next Optimist Club meeting and complete the answers with your club members present. It's a learning and growing experience for all.

Find out more about Optimist International and its Districts structure and services here. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

What's happening in your Optimist Club?

The best way to get the word out about the great things that your Optimist Club does in the community is to write about it, share it on Twitter, post it on Facebook and then talk about it ... a lot.

It's the new age of word of mouth marketing. It used to be sufficient to tell a friend or family member and they would tell another friend and the chain would continue. Today, we still communicate with our friends, but there are so many messages vying for their attention in our technology-driven world that we need to give them reminders; and the best part of that statement is when we give them reminders, we also tell the world.

The PNW District wants to help your Optimist Club share your messages with the world. Tell us a story of service or the details of a project that you have coming up and we will:

Be sure to add this group of followers to your club bulletin and we might even write the story for you. 

We hope to hear from you soon! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Be active, Optimists!

John Cozzi, Jr., President
Optimist Club of Vancouver, WA
Those who attend district meetings regularly most often return home to tell their fellow Optimist Club members, "We have to add new members."

"Why?" they ask. And as we give our laundry list of reasons like making Honor Club, serving our community better, or because it's what we have to do to continue to exist;  the message is somehow lost, perhaps because they have heard it all before again and again, from the same person.

John Cozzi, President of the Vancouver, WA Optimist Club attended his first district meeting in Hood River last month. It's not surprising that he returned home with a similar message; however, a fresh new perspective gives a slightly different point of view. Here's what John told his club:
"Fresh off of training from the conference in Hood River, I ascertained three major items that both national and locally of what each clubs goals should be focused on. The three goals that were given are growing our clubs active membership, forming committees and fundraising. All three of these goals are the same goals that I mentioned in my induction speech. 
By growing our club with ACTIVE members, we will be able to reach more kids with our help and message. 
Putting committees in place and having people work the committees; will support our ability to help more kids. 
The final goal of fundraising will allow our club to reach more groups and support us in getting our message out to more kids.
I believe that meeting each of these goals is attainable for us to reach with the support of all club members.“Bringing out the best in kids” is not a job but an adventure." 
What a great message for Optimist Club members. Be active. Encourage others to be active. Make a point to bring a first timer with you to every district meeting and then ask them to share what they learned with others. You will be pleasantly surprised at what fresh voice can do to raise the level of enthusiasm in your club.

John's message first appeared in the Van-Guard, 11-7-2011, newsletter editor Steve Enyeart. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Picture this for only a dime-a-day

Approximately half of the attendees at the first quarter meeting made a special donation to the Optimist International Foundation Dime-a-Day Plus program.

PNW District Optimist members contribute to the
Dime-a-Day Plus program in Hood River
According to District Foundation Rep (DFR) Ed Murphy, including this group, fifty-two individuals in the PNW District have already fulfilled their commitment. The Dime-a-Day Plus program is in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Optimist International Foundation. Donors are asked to give just a little bit more - $40.00 instead of $36.50.

Dime-a-Day and Dime-a-Day Plus contributions are unrestricted donations to the Optimist International Foundations. They fund education programs and materials for Optimist Clubs like the Internet Safety Program.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"I am an Optimist" redux

The Eagle Optimist Club recently held a reception to introduce themselves to the community and to help make others aware of all that they hope to do as an Optimist Club. As part of the presentation, they showed the "I am an Optimist" video. Afterwards, some members said, "I didn't know that."

And that was my hint to share the video here. It's a reminder of the different programs sponsored by Optimist International. Most of all, it is a reminder that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and our local initiatives. What we do at home is important, necessary, and part of the mission of Optimist International; however, knowing that there are other clubs working towards similar goals and resources available to help us achieve more is the best feeling of all.

When was the last time you shared "I am an Optimist" with your Optimist Club? Perhaps some new members haven't seen it. Perhaps it will inspire those who have to do just a little bit more. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

PIP Danny Rodgers declares the PNWD Distinguished

He continues to do things his own way. Who? Past International President (PIP) Danny Rodgers, that's who!

Usually, Optimist International does not announce district award recipients until the Board of Directors Meeting in December. However, Danny decided that was too long to wait. No reason to look too long into the past he says, time to move forward. Hear the award recipients here along with a message only this PIP can deliver.

Congratulations to Ed Murphy, Governor 2010-2011 and the Pacific Northwest District for being named a Distinguished District.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vegas, baby!

District Membership Chair Dick Brodie is encouraging individuals to make a commitment to bring in new members early in this administrative year. To that end, he announced to following incentive for membership recruitment.

Every time you bring a new member into an existing Optimist Club before March 3, 2012, your name will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Las Vegas or a $500 cash prize. See the poster for details. Please forward any questions to Dick Brodie

Friday, October 14, 2011

Idaho Students Jump for JOOI

At Vision Charter School, 508 students try to break a world record

The new Junior Optimist Club at Vision Charter School in Middleton/Caldwell, Idaho participated in the worldwide program "Let's Jump" to help break the world record for the greatest number of people doing jumping jacks at one time.

With their leadership, 508 students were motivated to "Jump for JOOI" on Wednesday morning. In addition to helping to break the world record, the students thought it was a great way to raise awareness for their new club.

Sponsored by the Middleton Area Optimist Club, the new JOOI Club will officially charter on October 24.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

T-shirts for optimism

T-shirt design competition
The Lake Washington Optimist Club recently held a T-shirt design competition at K-TUB.

What's a K-TUB?

Well, I'm glad you asked! K-TUB is the acronym for the Kirkland Teen Union Building.  The building and programs were recently reorganized under the Bellevue Family, WA YMCA management and the new Optimist Club has been there to provide support.

Some of the goals identified by the YMCA sound like a great fit for an Optimist Club.  I think you'll agree.
"YMCA/KTUB goals  include continuing youth driven programs, increasing opportunities for youth, strengthening current activities/programs, implementing new activities/programs and offering a continuum of casual (drop-in or one-time events) activities."
The winning t-shirt was designed by a young lady named Gayle, a K-TUB participant.

What a great way to become known in their community. Great job Lake Washington Optimists!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Start the new Optimist Club year in Hood River, Oregon

It's time for the PNW District to come together for the First Quarter Meeting of the 2011-2012 administrative year!

How fast we hand over the leadership duties from one Optimist leader to the next. Only a few days ago, we were rushed to add new members and go out a high note. The beauty of that strategy is that we also come in a high note. That means our Optimist Club members are already charged up about serving even more kids and they are ready to learn all about the new programs next week in Hood River.

Governor Bill French looks forward to welcoming you and sharing the new recognition program for Honor Clubs. Now is the time to plan for retention, recruitment and service. You'll get fresh ideas at the conference to take home and make a difference. You'll also learn all about the scholarship programs and district-wide efforts to help your club succeed.

Joining us on her first official visit to the PNW District will be the Region 7 Vice President for 2011-2012 Esthermarie Hillman. Esthermarie hails from the Pueblo Optimist Club in Tuscon, Arizona where she has served since 1996. She has been involved in all aspects of Optimist Club leadership including Distinguished and Outstanding Governor, Certified New Club Builder, Certified International Trainer, and the Optimist International Governance Committee.

She is also involved in the Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and serves as a deaf community coach at the Arizona State School for the Deaf.

Esthermarie is committed to the Optimist International Foundation and has fulfilled an Assisting Children through Exceptional Service (ACE) pledge to raise $50,000 for the Foundation.

Come and meet Esthermarie and your new governor next weekend (October 14-15) in Hood River. It's the right way to start the new year.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Learn the history of Optimist International

Of Dreams and Deeds Online 
Optimist International has developed a new website devoted to the birth and history of the organization. Based on the book Of Dreams and Deeds, the full text is now available online, from the first "non-pessimists" club in the early 1700s to the original 11 Optimist Clubs that came together in 1919 when the Optimist International organization was formed.

Please click on the picture to read the full inspirational story.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The governor goes golfing for kids

Governor Bill spendsDay 1 of the 2011-2012
administrative year at a fundraiser
for the Hillsboro Optimist Club.
How did Governor Bill French and first lady Evelyn spend the first day of the new Optimist Club year?

Golfing. To raise money for children's projects. With his home club, the Hillsboro Optimist Club.

Isn't that what being an Optimist Club member is all about? Yes, even district leaders find time to be involved with club projects and make a difference at home.

Before leaving for the golf course, Governor Bill sent a message to the club presidents, lt. governors and committee chairs. He said,
"Congratulations! Wow!! We are all official now. I know that many of you have been working in your new positions already because we have been exchanging emails, making big decisions and moving forward. We will have a great year! 
I am looking forward to working with each one of you and getting better acquainted as we bring out the best in kids. Let's give the kids a hand. I will see you all in Hood River.
And with that friends, we are off and running and ready to give 100% and then some to the kids and clubs in the PNW District.

Please register now for the 1st Quarter Meeting in Hood River.

Find the contact information for all PNW District officers and chairpersons here. 

Thanks to Alan Zehntbauer for the picture.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's a new day; it's a new year

Happy New Year, PNW Optimists!

Our new International President Jack Creswell was up early today sending messages to welcome us to the year of "100% and then some..."

Please watch Jack's welcome video to find out what it means to give 100% and then some as you get your new year started.

It's a new day and a new year. Let's go!

Friday, September 30, 2011

20 minutes left in the year - 10 members to go


How are the Children?

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for a great year. 

I wish I could tell you that the Pacific Northwest District will be recognized as a Distinguished District, but the fact is that I just don't know.  According to the numbers I have received so far it looks like we still need 10 more members.

I know there are many of you out there looking to add friends and new members.  Thank you.

It has been a fantastic year.  Thank you again for the opportunity to serve.  I look forward to working with Bill next year and continuing to bring out the best in kids in the Pacific Northwest.

In Optimism,

Ed Murphy
Pacific Northwest District

Thursday, September 29, 2011

President Danny shares his appreciation

Installation dinners are well underway and Optimist Club leaders everywhere are planning to hand over the bell and gavel to the 2011-2012 club and district officers on October 1. In just one day we will wake up to a new Optimist International administrative year.

In anticipation, President Danny Rodgers logged on to his optimistarenaman account at YouTube today to say thank you to Optimist Club members and Friends of Optimists everywhere.


Today is a good day to reflect on your club's accomplishments and do just a little bit more if that's what is required to make your club Honor. It's also a great day to say thank you to those who joined you on your journey in Optimism this year.  Please share our appreciation when you do.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Welcome to the 50th Optimist Club in the PNW District


How are the Children?

I am proud to announce that we have a new Optimist Club in the Pacific Northwest District.  The North Okanagan Optimist club formed last night in Vernon British Columbia with 23 new Optimists to become the 50th club in our district.  Congratulations to Hal Griffin and Peter Smith for all of your work and attaining the Builder of Excellence award.  Well deserved. 

I would also like to thank Al Kersey and Sandy Larivee for all of your efforts in making this club a reality.  This will be the first of many new potential clubs in the Okanagan Valley. 

In Optimism,
Ed Murphy
Pacific Northwest District

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ask someone to be an Optimist today!

Exciting news came in this morning via Facebook when friends and families of the Tri Cities Optimist Club learned that their club's annual NOW banquet welcomed 10 new members to their club last evening. Thanks to Lareena Roberson and Charlie Kissler for sharing that great news.

What is your Optimist Club doing to ensure ongoing service to your community?

There are nine days left for your Optimist Club to earn the coveted Honor Club designation for service in 2010-2011.  Your help is need to add at least 20% new members over the beginning roster as of October 1, 2010. 

How will you make it happen? With applications in hand, visit some of your local merchants or area gatherings held by your chambers of commerce or other networking groups. Your club will grow only when you ask people to join the movement to bring out the best in kids. 

Download the applications now and just do it! 

Photo courtesy of Lareena Roberson

Monday, September 19, 2011

Start your week with the Optimist Creed

One the best ways to keep a positive attitude is to say the Optimist Creed. This year during the Optimist International Convention, Optimist International made a recording of Optimist Club members just like you reciting the creed. We hope that you enjoy it and then pass the Optimist Creed on to others who would enjoy its uplifting message.

The Member Services department at Optimist International hopes that you might also make a recording of the Optimist Creed of your own.

Why not take your Flip video camera to your Optimist Club meeting and make a recording to show the world how your Optimist Club thinks only of the best each week, and then upload it to YouTube or Facebook. Don't forget to send the link here so that we can help you share your voice with the world.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's a T-Shot and why does it matter?

Optimist Clubs, like most groups, speak in acronyms. Among the most popular are:
  • COER - Club Officer Election Report
  • ACPC - Annual Club Planning Conference
  • OIF - Optimist International Foundation
  • CCC -  [Cure] Childhood Cancer Campaign
  • CCDHH - Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
One that is not so well known unless you like statistics is the T-Shot. I'm not sure what the "T" stands for, but I can tell you that the T-Shot is a look at where your Optimist Club stands in membership from the beginning of the administrative year (October 1) through today. (Maybe the "T" stands for today?)

Before online technology was ubiquitous, District Governors would receive a weekly mailing that let them know what clubs had added and deleted members along with the easy to read snapshot report called the T-Shot. (Maybe "Shot"stands for snapshot?)  The engaged governor would then call the clubs who had added or deleted a significant number of members to give praise or express concern.

With the internet and Optimist Leaders Online, the T-Shot, and other membership reports are available to anyone who cares to look at them; and they are available at all times, updated throughout the day. If a club adds a member at 5:00 p.m., it is reflected immediately on the T-Shot and on other reports by 10:00 p.m.

As an example, from reading the T-Shot, I know that the Twin Falls Optimist Club added two members today, one is a traditional member and one is a Friend of Optimist.

T-Shot for Zone 9 as of September 14, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.

Why do I know this? Because of their significant growth this year, I have been watching the Twin Falls Optimist Club, excited about the enthusiasm their club has created in their community and cheering for them to do more.

I believe the urgency to call and offer praise or support to our club leaders is reduced by how easy and ordinary it is for an Optimist Club to add and delete members - except for at this time of year when we are in the final stretch. 

Unlike Optimist Clubs where our service goes on continuously without significant interruption, Optimist District and International leaders are replaced on an annual cycle. As of today, they have 16 days left to show they have made a difference in the only quantifiable measure offered by Optimist International: membership growth.

At the Optimist Club level, we know when we have made a difference because we feel it in the pride that we have for our projects. Hardly any gathering goes by without the underlying theme, "We could do even more if we had more members."

District and International leaders know that as well, and with a little over two weeks left, they will pull out every tool to inspire your Optimist Club provide more service through membership growth. This little report that you may or may not have known about, the T-Shot is the barometer for the district and your Optimist Club's health.

The T-Shot is a quick, easy way to look at how our Optimist Clubs have grown throughout the year, but we must work together to be sure it is a report that gives positive, uplifting news. Help us quantify the impact of our Optimist Clubs by asking someone to join your Optimist Club today.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Larry Krangle recognized for 60 years of service

Larry Krangle has been a member of the Optimist Club of Vancouver, BC for 60 years. He was recently honored at the PNW District Convention for his many years of service.

District Bulletin editor Gerry Morrison created a special addition to the September bulletin to share his story with others. Please click on the picture to read more.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today - in Twin Falls, Idaho and Beyond



1.    this present day
2.    the time to add new members and Friends of Optimists to your Optimist Club

Just in time for the 1st Annual Wings & Things Ultimate Tailgate Challenge, the Twin Falls Optimist Club issued a new challenge to their club members. They said, "Let's add 20 new Friends of Optimists to our club so President Danny will come and visit us!" 

With the excitement for their new annual fundraiser, the Twin Falls Optimist Club has already added 38 new Optimist Club members to their roster this year. Adding just a few more might be a challenge, but according to membership recruiting mavens Barry Knoblich and Danae Climes, it is doable with a little help from their friends. So while they are cooking wings and chili in the park today, I imagine the Twin Falls Optimist Club members will be talking about how great it is to share their activities with others as a member or supporter of an Optimist Club. They will be asking others to get involved and join their club.

What is your Optimist Club doing today to add Friends of Optimists and traditional members to your list of volunteers? We know that the key is to just ask, but you have to visible in your community in order to find people to ask. Where will you find your next member?  Where did you find your latest member? 

Please tell us; use the comment section to share your membership story today. Thank you!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tomorrow - in Twin Falls, Idaho


 [tuh-mawr-oh, -mor-oh] 
1.      the day following today
2.      the day that the Twin Falls Optimist Club hosts the 1st Annual Wings & Things Ultimate Tailgate Challenge

Join the Twin Falls Optimist Club for the debut of a new community event for the Twin Falls community tomorrow, September 10 at Twin Falls City Park. Featuring chicken wings, BBQ, chili, Dutch oven cooking and a children's category, this fun activity will have samples for the guests, prizes for the chefs, and fun for the whole family. 

To get the word out, the Twin Falls Optimist Club place billboards around town and then asked club members to be the first to find them. Robin Stanhope beat the crowd and proudly displays one of her finds here. 

Has your Optimist Club used billboard advertising? How do you get the word out about your activities. Share your ideas with us or comment below. Thanks. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Roseburg Optimist Club to honor law enforcement

The Roseburg Optimist Club is planning their 36th Annual Respect for Law Banquet. It will be held Friday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds with a keynote presentation by Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris Brown.
Click to listen.
Hear president-elect Peter Sudduth describe the event on the KQEN Morning Show.

You can join them! Tickets are $27 per person. Call to reserve your space today 541.430.3569.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hood River is calling all PNW Optimists

Q: What could be better than visiting the Columbia Gorge in autumn? 

A: Visiting beautiful Hood River, Oregon with your Optimist Club friends!

On October 14-15, Optimist Clubs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia will gather in Hood River for the First Quarter District Conference of the 2011-2012 administrative year.

Bill French, Governor 2011-2012 invites you to join the festivities. As the first meeting of the new Optimist International year, newly installed club presidents will be inducted into the District Board of Directors and begin providing their counsel to help Optimist Clubs serve more kids and more communities in the Pacific Northwest. Among other things, agenda items will include:

  • Review and accept the district policies and budget
  • Learn about membership recruitment ideas and district growth strategies that impact your club
  • Discover what your club needs to know to hold outstanding Optimist Club scholarship programs - Essay, Oratorical and Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Contests
  • Find out how your club can host a junior golf tournament
  • Receive continuing education from the leadership development team
  • Greet your new district officers and regional vice president for the coming year
  • Network with other Optimist Club members who share your interests

Registration is now open for the First Quarter Conference and District Meeting. Register before September 26 for $68.00 US or CA. After September 26 the price raises to $78.00 US or CA. Registration includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. Click here to register now.

The meeting will be held at the Best Western Hood River Inn. There are a limited number of rooms available for $89.00. Standard rooms are $99.00 and rooms with a river view are $119.00. Hurry and make your reservations by calling 1.800.828.7873 or 541.386.2200.

Get your new Optimist Club year off to a positive start by attending the First Quarter District conference. It's the best way to plan for the months ahead.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Young rock stars

Marc Angel of Angelic Percussion shared a link on the PNW District Facebook page of Monica and the Dauz Brothers performing "Iron Man" and "Rolling in the Deep" at Ed's Beach Party at the District Convention.

Monica and the Dauz Brothers, photo by Marc Angel
Eight-year-old drummer Angelo is his student.

Thanks for sharing Marc!

You can see the videos and watch for more from these up-and-coming rock stars by liking
Angelic Percussion .

And don't forget to like the PNW District page while you are there.

Click on the picture to watch the videos on the PNW District YouTube Channel.

Friday, September 2, 2011

President Danny says, "Let's finish strong!"

It's September, Optimists!

That means it is time to finish all the requirements for Honor Club so your president's name goes on the club banner for all eternity. We know you don't do it for the banner patch, but the patch is a simple way for Optimist  International to say thank you for a job well done. It's also social proof to your club and community that your Optimist Club rocks.

It's never been easier to be an Honor Club than it is this year:

  • Add 20% new members over your October 1, 2010 roster.
  • Pay your financial obligations to Optimist International and your District.

Yes, that's it; but we also want you to complete your President's Pride report and if you haven't done so already, file your officer-elect report with Optimist International. What can be simpler than that?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Notes and notables from the PNW District Optimist Convention

The Pacific Northwest District Optimist Clubs came together on August 25-27 for the annual convention. This year's event was held in Bellevue, Washington with the brand new Lake Washington Optimist Club welcoming us to their community. Charter president Lisa Leo and Governor Ed Murphy made us feel right at home.

Larry Blackburn
As always, a lot of things happen at a district meeting and being there is the only way to really feel the energy. Some of the highlights were:

Larry Blackburn was elected to serve as Governor-elect for 2011-2012. He will become Governor in 2012-2013.

Bill French was sworn into office as Governor for 2011-2012, along with his lieutenant governors and two most recent past governors, to begin service on October 1, 2011.

Sue and Jack Creswell
Jack Creswell, Optimist International President-Designate performed the installation honors and gave us much to think about with the new theme of 100% and then some.

Sue Creswell, Optimist International Certified Trainer and first lady-to-be presented training to incoming officers along with Jack and the PNW Leadership Development team.

A barbecue was held at "Ed's Lake" a mere thirty minute drive from the hotel where the group was mesmerized by the young musicians, the Daus Brothers, and enjoyed boat rides, good food, and great company.

Of course, Governor Ed presided over the official business of the convention leading the shortest Board of Directors meeting in PNW District history.

Teresa and Fred Wallace
MK Mueller, author of 8 to Great led a motivational workshop inspiring participants to use the Optimist Creed to attract and retain members.

Even though the election was already in the bag, Larry Blackburn was caught politicking at the Old Timer's Breakfast where he and Flo gave us a look at what it was like to live 100 years as an Idaho potato farmer. (sometimes you just have to be there)

At the governor's awards dinner, Fred Wallace was honored with the Roy Proctor Award for Lifetime Service to the PNW District.

Bill French, Larry Krangle, Ed Murphy
Larry Krangle, member of the Vancouver BC Optimist Club was recognized for 60 years membership with perfect attendance, nonetheless.

We were honored to meet a number of first-timers to our district convention. We hope they will all return to see us often.

And the final meeting of the year would not have been complete without a missing bell and gavel. First-timer Becky Holm of the Roseburg Optimist Club proved she was part of the district family by holding "Belle" for ransom and texting the governor to prompt a donation to the Optimist International Foundation for her safe return.

Governor Ed turned over the bell and gavel safely to Governor-designate Bill French, but not before thanking those who were there and all others by extension for their service and dedication to their Optimist Clubs throughout the year. With 34 days (now 30) left to achieve your club's goals, he reminded us that it is possible to add more members, including Friends of Optimists, and meet the 20% new member goal set by Optimist International President Danny Rodgers for all Optimist Clubs this year.

Following are a number of photos from the event. We'd love to add your pictures to the album too.  Please mail them to the PNW District Blog. Thanks for sharing!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting familiar with social media

The PNW District Convention is in full swing in Bellevue, Washington. Among other topics, today attendees enjoyed a presentation about using social media to promote their Optimist Club.

Like an elevator speech, microblog posts on Facebook and Twitter are designed to get the reader to say tell me more. Your blog and website then deliver your message 24/7. Please review the presentation and when you are ready to learn more, contact Linda Jackson.
Social Media is not a fad
View more presentations from Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson is the social media strategist for the district. She is available to make presentations to your club. Contact Linda here.

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