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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Washington to be represented in the CCDHH

This year, the Optimist Club of Vancouver, WA held its first Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Thanks to the coordination efforts of English teacher Tyler DeShaw at the Washington School for the Deaf, three students competed to represent their state at the district finals in Kennewick, WA on May 15-16, 2015.

The three contestants spoke on the theme "How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future" in front of a school assembly of 128 students. All confessed to being nervous about speaking to the crowded auditorium and according to club representatives, all were very good. Staying with the requirement against self identification for contestants, the winners will be announced during the third quarter meeting.

Mr. DeShaw shared his optimism with the assembly through a PowerPoint presentation that provided interesting articles during the interludes between contestants. Adding a very special touch, he opened with a signed version of the Optimist Creed with each line presented by a different person.
It's not too late for your Optimist Club to host a CCDHH contest. Please contact committee chairs Myrna Harris or Ken Ryan to learn more.

Register now to attend so that you can hear from these inspirational students.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Third Quarter Regional Meeting to be held in the Tri-Cities

Registration is underway for the PNW District 3rd Quarter District Meeting, one of the best meetings that any Optimist International district can host during the administrative year. What makes this meeting stand head and shoulders above the rest? Youth.

During the third quarter, the finalists for the Optimist International Oratorical contest and Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing come together for a weekend of learning, speaking, sharing and growth. Adults are inspired by their words and the students are motivated by meeting their peers from the surrounding states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia that comprise the PNW District.

In order to accommodate more students, this year the PNW District has relocated its scheduled meeting to Kennewick, Washington. The Tri-Cities Optimist Club is looking forward to hosting the district at the Red Lion Columbia Center on May 15-16, 2015.

In addition to the scholarship contests, the district will elect lieutenant governors for 2015-2016 and learn more about how to achieve Honor Club in the final months of the year.

Register now to attend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nominations open for the Roy Proctor Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, the PNW District - Optimist International recognizes an outstanding Optimist Club member for service given at the District level. On behalf of the nominating committee, Annette Smith released the following note, requesting your nominations for individuals to be considered for this prestigious award. 

Nominations Open for the Roy Proctor Lifetime Achievement Award
The Roy Proctor Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an Optimist or Optimists for lifetime service to the Pacific Northwest District.  This award recognizes individuals who have given outstanding and ongoing service to the District.  It is not intended for the hundreds of outstanding Optimists who serve their clubs and communities but do not participate at the district level.  The award is intended to honour a living individual, or individuals, rather than to be a memorial award.  
Award recipients must meet all three of the following criteria:
1. Having given at least 10 years of service to the District, which does NOT need to include having served as a district officer; AND
2. Having built a new club or having consistently brought in new members over his Optimist career or having served as District Foundation Representative; AND
3. Having provided inspiration and motivation to fellow Optimists. 
A selection committee comprised of previous Roy Proctor Award winners meets annually at the Third Quarter District Meeting to choose the recipient(s), whose award(s) will be presented at the District Convention.  The selection committee chooses from nominees submitted by Pacific Northwest District Optimists. 
Nominations for the Roy Proctor Award are now open.  All nominations must be received by May 1, 2015.  Send written nominations describing how the nominee meets the foregoing criteria to Annette Smith (annettesmith@shaw.ca) on or before May 1.

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