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A Message from Mike, 2014 - 2015 Indiana South District Governor

Dear Fellow Optimists,

Welcome to Spring! Is your club busy? From everything I have seen I sure bet it is. This is the time of year where Youth Appreciation, Spring Sports, Graduations, Junior Golf is all in full swing.

In case you missed the 3rd Quarter District Conference, you missed one fantastic Oratorical and Essay contest. These Kids are fantastic! We had youth as young as grade 6!give absolutely amazing speeches. The Conference was held in Indianapolis with a number of visitors present. Some clubs may just see some new members out of this conference. Our Membership Chair Mark Wilson had a table set up and invited the non members to join Optimist International. We also had a fantastic demonstration by the Wood Workers club who presented even more opportunities to help the Kids. And finally, we heard from the youth themselves and what they need from us!

As we get ready for summer, you are no doubt getting ready for summer vacation and all of the activities your club will participate in. Remember though, as you are making your summer plans, how about a trip to New Orleans to get your Optimist batteries charged. The Optimist International Convention is July 9 thru 11. You don't want to miss this. You say New Orleans is a little far? How about the District Convention in Evansville Indiana on the Ohio River at the Tropicana. You say you also want a roller coaster to go with that? Just plan to stop in Santa Claus on your way home and fun could be in order for you and your family.

Please help me this summer to make Optimists visible. We have all shared with folks about Optimist and the question is usually what does your group do. So help me to get the word out! As I shared during the conference, Optimist International should not be the best kept secret!

Here is your summer to do list:
- Enjoy your summer
- Keep doing for the Youth as I know you will
- Join me in New Orleans for the International Convention July 8-11
- Join us at the Tropicana in Evansville August 14- 16 for the District Convention
- Finally, don't forget to ask your friends and people you meet to join us to help more youth ..."Make us Visible"

Again, I look forward to seeing everyone this summer at Optimist Events. Let's chart a course for the Kids and the future of Optimism!

Captain Mike


The OPTIMIST difference... it's all in our name!

What differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity is simple -- OPTIMISM. And Optimists take their upbeat approach and work every day to make a difference for themselves and for the people around them. Optimists are people who believe that through positive action in their communities they can create a better tomorrow. 

Our Mission

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.



Promise Yourself...
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

...Optimist International

Purposes of Optimist International

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life;
To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;
To inspire respect for law;
To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;
To aid and encourage the development of youth;
In the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of man, his community, and the world.

Content Updated: 12/30/2014    Coding Last Modified: 8/31/2012