Gov. Herman Greenwood
A Message from Herman Greenwood, 2015 - 2016 Indiana South District Governor
Greetings Fellow Optimists!
I seek to help you visualize success by building on a quotation from Henry David Thoreau.
Castles In Air.
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them."
We can adapt that concept to the work of Optimists. We serve kids! We develop projects to feed, clothe and educate the leaders of tomorrow. The continuance of these projects depends upon the
continued existence of the Optimist Club which provides those services. Those services are the
“castles in the air”. Optimist Clubs are the “foundation”.
A structure with a weak foundation will eventually fall. A club with few active members which is not striving to grow in membership will eventually fall. With the fall of a club comes the loss of services to our youth.
Yes, our number one reason for existence is to serve our youth. Yet, we must strive to assure the continuance of that service. Too avoid the loss of that service. We must strive to create a lasting legacy.
We must recruit new members. In the last several months, I have provided the tools you need. I have described planning, visualization, elevator speeches, even means of overcoming shyness. I have recruited new members, and I continue my efforts to recruit new members. Many Optimists
have stepped up and sponsored new members. Thank you! I know that many more Optimists wish
to recruit new members. I suspect that only forgetfulness stands in the way. So, I ask that everyone
do three things. First, use a reminder system, whether that be your Optimist pin, or a notation on
your calendar. Second, rather than postponing your effort until tomorrow. Make recruitment a
higher priority. Third, set a deadline.
I commend those club leaders who have scheduled NOW meetings! Club members can assure the
success of those meetings by recruiting helpers for the club’s service activities; then, close the deal by pointing out that Optimist membership provides insurance protection against a claim which
may arise from that activity. The NOW meeting is the perfect time to close the deal.
LET’S MAKE IMPACT! RIGHT HERE! RIGHT NOW!
Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves - right
here, right now!
I remain, Your servant,