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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.

Optimist Clubs bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves - right here, right now!

Please share!

I remain, Your servant,

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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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