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Sunday, July 5, 2015

What do Baseball, Pioneers and Optimists have in common?

The latest issue of Governor Dick Disney's March to Honor Club message hit emailboxes today. If you haven't already, please click here to read "It's Hot to Be an Honor Club."

Some highlights from his message include 15 Optimist Clubs who are on track to receive Honor Club status including the Lebanon Optimists who are leading the way with +20 net new members to date. The Lebanon Optimists were striving to reach 80 members this year and they did it. Let's see if they can make it to 90 very soon - challenge on!

In Idaho, the Middleton Area Optimist Club continues to lead the pack with +10 net new members. Growing club membership has proved to be the greatest challenge to making Honor Club, but in recent years, the amount of new members needed has dropped to net +1. That's doable for every club and part of being a sustainable organization that will serve its community today and far into the future. That's why the upcoming PNW District Convention will focus on Honor Club, membership growth sharing optimism far and wide, but most of all with your community, members and you.

Optimist International President Ken Garner and first lady Patsy will join the PNW District for the convention weekend, August 13-15, 2015 and both will be involved with the education sessions for incoming officers, current officers, and current members. You especially won't want to miss the final session with President Ken, "Start with why," where we will look at why we belong to an Optimist Club and this crazy organization that we call Optimist International.

Other convention highlights, besides training opportunities, are the opportunities for fellowship with other Optimist Club members from around the PNW District. At this meeting, we'll have premium opportunities from golf with Past International President Ron Thompson, to Baseball & BBQ with the Tacoma Rainiers and the ever-popular Old-Timers Breakfast featuring real PNW old-timers at Pioneer Days.

Fun and fellowship go hand-in-hand with Optimist Club membership. Register today for the PNW District Optimist Convention, call 253-383-0146 to make your hotel reservations at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites and share your optimism today.

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