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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Thank you Optimist volunteers


Each year, Volunteer Appreciation Week is celebrated April 18-25. This year, we took this opportunity to say thank you to Optimist Volunteers in the Pacific Northwest by sharing an individual thank you each day on Facebook to the Optimist Club members in this collage.

From left to right, top to bottom, the pictures are the Oregon City Optimist Club, Optimist International President Adrian Elcock on stage to the Optimist International Convention, Chilliwack Optimist Club, Lebanon Optimist Club, Idaho Optimist Clubs, Washington Optimist Clubs, and the North Okanagan Optimist Club.

Please know, these photos are representative of all hard-working Optimist volunteers and we say thank you to all for all that you do to make your communities and our world the best it can be.


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Volunteer appreciation week begins with optimism

While we continue to stay safe at home, please know that optimism and hope live on inside us. 

As Optimist volunteers, we'll soon be back to regular meetings where we can plan events and share our service and spirit with all. 

Thank you for being an Optimist volunteer.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Stay connected


As a federation of Optimist Clubs around the world, Optimist International can count on assistance to stay connected to those who rely on its message of hope. With that in mind, we give you the monthly installment of our membership recruitment and retention tip. 


Membership recruitment and retention tip #80: [COVID-19 social distancing edition]
Stay connected. 

Around the world, the novel coronavirus has disrupted daily lives. As people stay home to be safe, they also cheer on those who travel to work on the frontline. Physicians, nurses, and all medical personnel have become superheroes. Those who work in the grocery and transportation industries are the new rockstars. And at home, individuals are hopeful as they watch and wait for the days that they too can resume their traditional routines.

Organizations, businesses, and the government are reaching out via social media to keep their publics informed. They are reaching out to give assurance that together we can weather this storm. They are reaching out with optimism. 

Now is the time to stay connected to your members. Reach out by any social media means. Reach out via telephone. Let members know they matter today as much as yesterday. Keeping connected will make them - and the organization - matter even more tomorrow.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Social distancing won't stop optimism. Stay safe at home

I saw a meme on Facebook that said March came in like a lion and went out like a seven-headed beast. Oh my, that is the truth!

Unprecedented times have arisen from a foe never seen before: COVID-19. The coronavirus has stalled the economy, placed health care workers on the frontline, and sent individuals into isolation to "flatten the curve," a reference to limiting the number of deaths that could occur if we do nothing to address its virulence. Cities, states, and countries around the world have taken this warning seriously and put social distancing orders in place.

Social distancing means we must stay at least six feet apart from others when we are outside and more directly, we should stay inside and safe at home. Only essential workers should be reporting to work and all social gatherings of ten or more have been canceled or postponed.

Staying with these orders, Optimist International has canceled its 2020 Optimist International Convention, the 2020 Junior Optimist Convention, and the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. More information may be found here.

The Optimist Scholarship Contests will continue and have been shifted to online programs. Information for competing in the Optimist International World Oratorical Championships will come directly from Optimist International. The PNW District competition will be held via ZOOM on April 25, 2020, and more information will be posted on Facebook as received. Click here for general directions to host an online contest. 

Now for our most important announcement:
Social distancing won't stop optimism. Stay safe at home. 

Click here to connect with the PNW District Optimist Clubs on Facebook.

Click here to connect with Optimist International on Facebook.

Stay connected, stay positive, and stay well.




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