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Friday, August 31, 2012

Be an Honor Club!

Hello PNW Optimists!
We are coming to end of our year and I know that many clubs have qualified as Honor Clubs and others are very close.
Here are the requirements for Honor Club
Complete 3 or more community service projects
Recognize a club member or community member
Be current in your District and OI dues
Grow membership by net plus one.
A benefit for achieving Honor is that OI will give your club a $100.00 discount on the first quarter dues.

Now here is a good idea... Take that $100.00 discount to a potential new member for his/hers dues OR divide the $100.00 up and assist 2 or 3 potential new members.
"Having brought in new members, you will be able to participate in Membership Chairman Dick Brodie's contest to win a free trip to Disney  Land or $500.00 Cash."
Gov. Bill

2011-2012 PNW District Optimist Membership Incentive

I received a note this morning from District Membership Chair Dick Brodie. Did you realize that you might win a trip to Disneyland when you sponsor a new member into your Optimist Club? Click on the picture to enlarge and learn more.

Greetings One and All,

We only have 30 days left for you to win that trip to Disneyland or $500 cash if you can’t go. Sign up a new member today and start looking forward to taking a trip to Disneyland. School will be starting so parents will be looking for things to help their children. What better way than getting them to join your Optimist Club.

Dick B.
Membership Chair

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What happened in Chilliwack? Read on...

Ditch Lily Jazz Band at PNW District Convention

Governor-designate Larry Blackburn has shared his notes from the 2012 PNW District Convention with us today and we are passing them along with a picture from Dallis Winsor that we think that you will enjoy.

Thursday morning, the start of the convention was a golf tournament in Chilliwack with 9 linksters competing: Brian Phillips (Chiliwack), Peter Smith (Coquitlam), Dick Brodie (Mission), Rose Brodie (Mission), Ray Hilt (Oregon City), Larry Blackburn (Caldwell), Bill French (Hillsboro), Rox Huxley (OI President-Elect), Steve Enyeart, Vancouver). Rose won for the women and Larry took the Callaway flight. He even has a trophy with his name on it proving he is not the worst ever golfer in our district!

Convention highlights included a boat ride by Optimist member Tom from Chilliwack; what a great treat. We went up the Fraser River several miles enjoying scenery, fish and birds. Then the barbecue on Friday evening; wow; what great food, fun, entertainment and friendship. Hot off the grill were salmon and chicken, plus the super popular fresh corn on the cob, potato salad, rolls, many desserts including ice cream, cake and more. Four teams headed up by Ron Huxley, Bill French, Larry Blackburn and Ed Murphy battled in several events including corn chucking and others; the final result was a first place tie for all teams. Talk about tough competition.

District meeting events included three tries in getting someone to step up and take the role of Governor Elect and finally Fred Wallace said yes. What a great guy to lead us, along with his lovely wife Teresa. He will also serve as District Leadership Development and President of the Gresham Club; talk about an Optimist commitment!

OI President Elect Ron Huxley gave a truly inspiring message Saturday evening. He is a man who suffered personal tragedy in his life and grown tremendously. At age 11, while camping in the back yard at a friend’s house, the tent caught fire and he was burned severely resulting in numerous operations, skin grafts, severe pain and years of medical treatment. His father not only saved his life by pulling him out of the tent to safety but also has remained a strong influence. Ron emphasized the importance of social media in our organization and recommended we Optimists start using our own language; ie, popular on line abbreviations should be modified for us as follows: lol = “Let Optimists Lead”; OMG = “Optimists Must Grow”; and others. We fellow members have a lot of work to do in strengthening and growing our wonderful organization and the work starts at every club level. This leader has visited 29 districts and said ours is a very strong one with excellent leadership. Thank you Ron for joining with the best district in OI!

Photo courtesy of Dallis Winsor, President, Kermodei Optimist Club of Terrace. He said the students were truly excellent.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Optimist Club inspires service in Caldwell, Idaho

The Caldwell Optimist Club is working with the City of Caldwell to promote community service through area service clubs. To accomplish that mission, they are hosting a motivational seminar, free to the public, featuring former Boise State football player Ian Johnson and coach Skip Hall.

The seminar will take place Wednesday, August 22 at Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with scenes from the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Johnson and Hall will be available for pictures and autographs.

The main focus of the event is to encourage area residents to consider volunteering in the community and perhaps joining a service club like the Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club or others. Stop by the event and learn how you can make a difference in the community and why your contribution truly matters.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Benefit BBQ for the Optimist International Foundation

The Optimist International Foundation is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and the PNW District has been challenged to raise $4,000 in honor of this achievement.

Gay Enyeart and Steve Andersen have combined forces to produce the Backyard Blues & BBQ Benefit and you are invited!

The festivities will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m in Oregon City, Oregon. Please enlarge the photo for full details.

Only 100 tickets are available for this great event. Get yours today by calling 503.381.9655.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

PNW Optimists are headed to Chilliwack

The PNW Optimist District Convention will take place one week from now in Chilliwack, British Columbia. They will gather at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel on August 16-19, 2012.

This is the time when Optimist Club leaders come together to elect new governor for the 2013-2014 year, but it is also the time when our incoming governor for 2012-2013 is inducted and our current governor inspires those assembled to do even more to end the administrative year on a high note and establish good momentum for the coming year. It's not too late to register to join Governor Bill French and Governor-elect Larry Blackburn for this important meeting.

New officers will receive an orientation to their positions and Dallis Winsor, President of the new Kermodei  Optimist Club of Terrace, BC will discuss the plans for expanding optimism in northern BC. See the complete program here: PNW District Convention 2012 Program.

Ron Huxley, Optimist International President-elect, will join the PNW District as the International President's Representative. Ron's distinguished career with Optimist Clubs began as an Honor Club president in 1985-86. He's been actively involved at the club, district and international level since that time. Read Ron's complete bio. 

Recharge your Optimist batteries by attending the PNW District Convention!

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