Big THANKS to members who attended the Member/Board
Retreat held in February. Discussions brought forth great input from everyone!
Emphasis was placed on building new membership. With the NOW meeting in the near
future (April 24th) we are preparing invitation letters appropriate to be sent
to ‘not-for-profit’ organizations, businesses such as bankers, insurance
agencies, etc. and of course our friends and neighbors. My challenge to our
members is to personally speak with your local banker or financial planner
inviting them for our NOW meeting. In March we will be developing and practicing
our “elevator speech” helping all of us in our verbal invitation to visit our
club. In the effort of reaching out to our speakers after their presentation at
club meeting, we will be sending (when appropriate) a thank you note to their
boss, expressing our appreciation of their time and effort with our club.
In an effort to help our Super Citizens ‘have more fun’ on their visits, we will
have more interaction with club members by having the students sitting among
club members so we can have direct conversation with them. At their next visit
we will resurrect the ‘scavenger hunt for everyone to participate in finding
answers to questions about all of us in the room!
To develop a bit of club member participation we will be re-visiting the PGI
program in May. Great timing to involve all the new club members just getting
started after our April NOW meeting!! Also I’m reminding all our members to wear
your Optimist lapel pin when you are at meetings and also to your other events.
That little pin could be the start of a conversation as to what it stands for
and gives you a perfect opportunity to invite someone new to a club meeting.
Remember, guests/visitors are ALWAYS welcome!
And – Clothe A Child is coming up on March 21st and we will need volunteers to
help the children shop. Stay positive, keep looking up and ahead, wear a smile
and a heavy coat! Stay warm; Spring is on its way!!
"Serving the Indianapolis Area Since
By providing hope and positive vision, Indianapolis Downtown Optimists bring out
the best in kids
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.
Optimist International's mission is
to foster an optimistic way of life, through a network of Optimists, dedicated
to the full development of their potential in order to provide ever-expanding
service to youth, the community and the world.
Purposes of Optimist
|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.|
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