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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Reel Optimism returns

In 2015, the Chilliwack Optimist Club was a finalist for the Reel Optimism video contest. We certainly hope the members will be giving it a go again this year in the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest sponsored by Optimist International and the Optimist International Foundation. We hope your Optimist Club will enter too!

The topic is "How my best brings out the best in others." The first place winner will be granted $1,000. 

Find out more about Reel Optimism here. 

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 #ReelOptimism video contest! Contest is open to adult & junior #Optimist...
Posted by Optimist International on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Optimist Clubs should plan now for Junior Golf prequalifiers

Question: It's February. Is that too early to start thinking about Junior Golf?
Answer: Of course not! Optimist International Junior Golf is one of our largest programs and gets year-round attention from around the world.

The Pacific Northwest District - Optimist International participates in the Optimist International 
Junior Golf Championships. Junior golfers have the opportunity to participate in two different qualifying tournaments. The first tournament is held in British Columbia and the second will be held in Oregon.

Junior golfers may register at-large; however Optimist Clubs may also host prequalifying tournaments and move the winning golfers forward. Alternatively, Optimist Clubs may sponsor golfers, as many as they like, into the tournament in their country of residence.

For more information, please visit www.optimist.org/juniorgolf. 

CA - Optimist International Junior Golf Championships 2016 (qualifier)
Golf Course: Langara Golf Club
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: April 30, 2016
Registration fee: $75 CA
Registration deadline: April 25, 2016
Tournament Director: Harry White

US - Optimist International Junior Golf Championships 2016 (qualifier)
Golf Course: Forest Hills Golf Course
Location: Cornelius, OR
Date: June 25, 2016
Registration fee: $50 US
Registration Deadline: June 18, 2016
Tournament Director: Chris Hill

Video created by Jack Thornton, Hillsboro Optimist Club shows scenes from the 2015 US tournament.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Super Zone 4 Washington announces meeting agenda for February 27

pnw optimist clubsThe Pacific Northwest District will hold four Super Zone meetings in the second quarter of the 2015-
2016 administrative year. Taking the place of the regular district meeting, the hope is that the governor will have the opportunity to meet more Optimist Club members during the regional events.

Super Zone 1 - BC took place on February 6, 2016.
Super Zone 2 - Idaho will take place on March 12, 2016.
Super Zone 3 - Oregon will take place on February 20, 2016.
Super Zone 4 - Washington will take place on February 27, 2016.

Zone 4 Lt.Governor Monique Connors wrote in today with the agenda for the Washington Meeting and asked me to invite everyone to attend. It will take place at Kit Carson Restaurant, Chehalis, WA starting at 11:00 a.m. on February 27.

Highlights will include fellowship, a presentation about the impact of Optimist Clubs by Scott Keller, awards from 2014-2015 from Immediate Past Governor Dick Disney and a District update from Governor Michael Gray.

Follow the links to register now.

Enlarge the picture or click here to download the agenda for Zone 4. Other agendas will be added when received.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It's tax time!

This is the annual reminder for all US-based Optimist Clubs in the PNW District to file their 990 tax forms. The forms are due by February 15 every year.

For most Optimist Clubs, the e-Postcard is sufficient. This option is open to all clubs with less than $50,000 income.

The filing should be completed by the president, secretary/treasurer or someone designated by the president. The information needed to complete the form at http://www.epostcard.form990.org follows:
  1. Employer identification number (EIN), also known as a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). 
  2. Tax year 
  3. Legal name and mailing address 
  4. Any other names the organization uses 
  5. Name and address of a principal officer 
  6. Web site address if the organization has one 
  7. Confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are $50,000 or less 
  8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)
Should you need any help completing your form, please call 208.861.2310. 

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