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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What are you wearing for #OptimistDay?

If you are like me, every day is Optimist Day. You see, I'm proud that I belong to an Optimist Club 24/7.  But some of our friends need a little extra reminder to share their Optimist pride and that is why Optimist International has invented #OptimistDay.

Now in its second third annual celebration, Optimist Club members in the Pacific Northwest are invited to join the celebration.

February 7, 2019, you are invited to wear your Optimist Club apparel - shirts, pins, hats, coats, and more - whatever you have that tells the world, "I am proud to be an Optimist."

Next, take a picture of yourself in your Optimist Club clothes and post it on your Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #OptimistDay.

Finally, share it with us by email or on the PNW Optimist Clubs Facebook page. Be proud. #BeAnOptimist. We can't wait to see how you represent.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

PNW Optimist Club essays are due February 28

optimist international essay contestA new year brings new opportunities and for Optimist Clubs under the Optimist International umbrella, a new year means it is time to finalize all preparations for the Optimist International Scholarship Programs.

The first program that takes place each year is the Optimist International Essay Contest. As all programs do, it begins at the Optimist Club level. Each year, students are invited to write an essay of 700 to 800 words on the official topic and submit it to their local Optimist Club. The Optimist Club collects the essays, judges them, and forwards the winning essay to the District Chairperson. At the District level, the winning essay wins a $2,500 scholarship.

The 2018-2019 topic is "When all the world's problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?" The application may be found here.

The 2018-2019 PNW District Chairperson is Monique Connors. Winning Optimist Club essays must be in Monique's hands or email inbox no later than February 28, 2019. The cost for the club entry is $50 USD. Please contact Monique with any questions your Optimist Club may have.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Consider a transitional membership category for your Optimist Club

It's a new year and our tradition of serving-up monthly membership retention and recruitment tips on Facebook continues. Occasionally, like today, we share the tip here, too.

Membership retention and recruitment tip #65: Offer a transitional membership category for members - or potential members - who are in flux.

Sometimes we ask someone to join our club only to hear that they don’t know where they will be next year at this time.

At renewal time, some current members may weigh the value of continuing their membership because they are anticipating a career change or are moving their place of residence.

Throughout the year, sadly, some members may lose their jobs.

All are good opportunities to offer a transitional membership, one that reduces or suspends dues payments, attendance requirements, or project participation until the potential member or at-risk member has the opportunity to sort out their commitments on a personal level.

Working with members during uncertain times shows loyalty and friendship, some of the most valuable benefits of belonging to an Optimist Club and strengthens the bond they feel towards the club as a whole.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019: Expect only the best

Every day should begin with an optimistic thought because, as Helen Keller said, "Optimism is the
faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

We should, therefore, think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best every day; but one might ask, is that a realistic way to live? Wouldn't this be setting ourselves up for a lot of disappointment?

Boom! That's where the pessimism sets in.

When we question our ability to see the best in the world around us, we question our belief in optimism and inadvertently, our attitude shapes our lives in a negative way.

As 2019 begins, I resolve to find new ways to experience the wonders of this amazing world in which we live. I resolve to keep the skepticism at bay. I resolve to expect only the best and I invite you to do the same. Make a promise to yourself to share your optimism with others and then keep that promise. Do your best to make every day the best day of the year.

Happy New Year, friends!

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