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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Optimist International Junior Golf Championships qualifying tournament announced

pnw district optimist club junior golfThe qualifying tournament for the PNW District US will be held Friday, June 19, 2015. The tournament moves this year to Forest Hills Golf Course in Cornelius, Oregon. It's estimated that the golfers will tee off at approximately 7:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $50.

Junior golfers can register online and find out more at:

The tournament is advertised on the Washington, Oregon, and Idaho junior golf websites. In addition, we need help at the club level. To increase participation in the PNW qualifier, we need local chapters to share this information with high school golf teams in their communities. Even better, sponsor a golfer to compete in the qualifying tournament! Any suggestions or recommendations on how to increase participation would be much appreciated.

Contact Chris Hill at 503.780.2570 or 503.640.7577.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Optimist International Foundation Elections

The Optimist International Foundation (US) invites you to vote for a new member of the Board of Directors. Each year, one person is added to this esteemed group Optimist Club members who have shown a dedication to the mission of the Foundation through exceptional philanthropy.

This year, the candidates are Melvin Bannister of Columbia, South Carolina, Eddie Murphy, Jr. of La Mesa, California and Fred Wallace of Portland, Oregon.

To be eligible to vote, Optimist Club members in the US must have contribute at least $36.50 in the 2013-2014 administrative year. Click here to vote now.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hillsboro Optimist Club hosts Essay Contest

The Optimist Club of Hillsboro, Oregon celebrated the winners of the Optimist International Essay Contest on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Shown here are Essay Chair Sarah Newton, Nidhi Pai, first place, Alicia Strelchun, second place, Scott Ackerman, third place and Club President George Waldron.

The Hillsboro Optimist Club has renamed its contest the John Bareis Essay Scholarships in honor of long-time member John Bareis who first nurtured and helped the contest grow in the community.

Like all club-level contests, the students were required to write a 700 to 800 word essay on the topic "Optimism Should be a Priority." The first place entry is then moved forward to the district competition where it may win a $2,500 scholarship.

In the Hillsboro Optimist Club, the winning entries received $500, $300 and $200 monetary awards. All students were from Glencoe High School. Glencoe will also receive a $100 award for the school with the most entries.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Share optimism with a Facebook post

Governor Dick Disney captured this photo of the Middleton Area Optimist Club during his visit on January 26, 2015. All decked out in their club shirts, they make quite an optimistic impression. The club shared the picture today on Facebook along with a message inviting the community to come to meet them at the next Optimist Club meeting, February 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Middleton Rural Fire District.

It's important to send out reminders for your members and invitations for the community on a regular basis and Facebook is a great outlet for both. Be inviting and welcoming, and your Optimist Club will grow. As of this writing, the Middleton Area Optimist Club is +6 in membership, so I'd say something is working for them!

Share your optimism with your community by inviting them to join your Optimist Club today.

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