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A Message from Frank, 2013 - 2014 Indiana South District Governor

Dear Fellow Optimists,

Iíve just returned from the OI Convention in Las Vegas. We had a great time and met many Optimists from all over the country. The opening ceremonies were very special as a local Boy Scout troop posted the colors of the 17 countries that comprise Optimist International. Jack Canfield, the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, was our keynote speaker. Jack spoke of the membership issues facing Optimist International. Jack is familiar with our creed and said that by applying the principles of our creed we can overcome our membership problems. As your Governor I had the opportunity to attend the business sessions and observe the voting on many critical issues. I hope you had the opportunity to review the amendments to the bylaws that were proposed and will be watching the International website for reporting on the voting. There was vigorous debate about some of the resolutions and several were voted down by the club representatives that were in attendance. Many training classes were offered on topics not usually found at our district conferences. Should you have the opportunity to attend an International Convention I would encourage you to make this very special trip. It was a fantastic time for all.

As Iíve mentioned in the past. The decline in membership was a key topic for discussion at the convention. There are new membership growth incentives for this quarter. They will be posted in our bulletin and website for your review. Iím encouraging you again to make membership growth an important part of your plans for the next 60 days. Several outstanding Optimists have passed on this year and we will miss them greatly. How would your club fare if an important member passed away? What will your personal legacy to your club be? Build a stronger club now so your club can continue to be a beacon to the children of your community.

I am so looking forward to our convention! We will have outstanding speakers and an opportunity for you to pick up a training seminar for your PGI passport. Donít forget the Governor's Incentive Raffle includes PGI. You could get a raffle ticket on the spot! I have made a few of the serving trays that will be part of the OI foundation auction as well so youíll have more than one opportunity to acquire one of these unique serving trays. We will have the barbecue dinner and Euchre tournament on Friday night; a real favorite of mine. I look forward to seeing you in Terre Haute; August 8th-10th.

Governor Frank


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.

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