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

Dear Fellow Optimists,

We have just completed our District Convention and it was outstanding! Our OI representative Jim Boyd spoke on many occasions this weekend. His talks were amusing, insightful and inspirational. We have a new friend in Jim and it’s a shame if you didn’t have an opportunity to speak to him. Jim brought a very important video from OI and we will be working to get it to all of the clubs for viewing. It has very important information about the future of Optimist International. Your input is requested by the OI leadership. We had a great pair of guest speakers as well. Bob Ritter and Mary Bomar spoke of the wonderful work they are doing for the children of southern Indiana through their nonprofit “”. They spoke of the thousands of children they have touched and sang for us some of the songs they have created with the children. We heard “Tommy the Leaf”, “Weathering”, and “I Duct Taped My Sister to the Ceiling Fan”. Duct Tape was written with a group of fourth grade students. It was hilarious! At Saturday night’s banquet Bob and Mary played for us their own work. They are wonderful performers and we sat for an hour after dinner in rapt attention as they played and sang a variety of music. But the convention was not all fun. Officers were elected and training was provided for new club and district officers. Mike Underwood is now the Governor Designate. He will take office October 1st and Herman Greenwood is our Governor-Elect. Herman will be Governor in 2015-2016. Mike and Herman will need volunteers to help with their teams so please give of your time and talents for the youth of the Indiana South District.

Friends, rarely do I send out a letter that I don’t ask you to plan a membership drive or NOW meeting to improve your clubs roster and serve more children in your communities. One of Jim’s presentations this weekend was “The three R’s of Membership”. It was a great presentation about what it takes to recruit new members but to retain them as well. Relationships between members keep the group alive. Provide time in all of your meetings for members to share their stories of optimism to invigorate their spirit and fan the flames of optimism in all who hear them. Many of your clubs are down by one or two members. Your club could be an Honor Club with very little effort. I again ask you to put your fears behind you and to “Come Soar with Me…For the Kids”. Your club and your community need for you to remain a beacon of light to the children of your community. You may have lost sight of how important you are but the children have not. You can’t imagine the hundreds of children you touch each year and how bleak their lives would be without caring individuals like you. You cannot give up on the future. I read the “Power of the Creed” by James Rankin as part of my path to being a better optimist. The common thread that runs through the book is faith. A true Optimist has the faith to believe that all things are possible. Failure is part of the learning path to reaching our goal so failing is to be embraced as part of the process. Thomas Edison learned 50,000 ways not to make a light bulb. Embrace the Creed, live your faith, press on to the greater achievements of the future. We are always here to be the wind beneath your wings. Ask for our help. I close this message with a quote from Jim Rankin: “Faith is a word that has made all things a reality. It was the spark that propelled human beings into the belief that they could accomplish something for themselves and society. An optimist truly sees the possible in the impossible, the solution in the problem, the joy in the pain.”

Yours in Optimism,
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.

Content Updated: 8/13/2014    Coding Last Modified: 8/31/2012