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

Dear Fellow Optimists,

Spring has finally arrived! It’s time to step out into the sun and let your Optimism shine. We have a great Third Quarter Conference planned. We will have a very talented group of children competing in our district finals of the Oratorical contest. Come see them compete and to hear the winner of our Essay contest. We will also have a distinguished guest. OI Vice President Carl Westenbarger and his wife Sallie will be with us and encourage us with a short presentation.

Governor –Elect Mike Underwood is forming his team for next year and it is time to elect new Lt. Governors for next year. Mike and the district need you to volunteer to help bring your ideas and skills to the district leadership team. Lt. Governors are to be elected at your zone meeting before the conference and the person selected to represent your zone will be presented to the district at the conference. Please contact Immediate Past Governor Pat France if you have questions.

Our training program for this Conference will be hands on use of computers to access a variety of pertinent information through Optimist, The Indiana South District website and Optimist International org. Send your officer designates for next year to learn how to access information vital to the operation of your club. This is training provided above and beyond what is normally given at the district convention. Also Lisa Zack will provide information on the PGI program. What is it and how can it help your club succeed.

Friends, I challenged you at the beginning of the year to come soar with me …For the kids. Come and see some truly extraordinary kids. Get energized by their enthusiasm. Volunteer. We need you.

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: 3/11/2014    Coding Last Modified: 8/31/2012