Are you ready for Milwaukee? Only 13 are registered for the district so far, and that currently includes just one Lt. Governor! Please register now to get the early bird rates! The district will have a hospitality room at the main hotel, so you will have a place to hang out between exciting events. Remember there is excellent training available for newly elected officers. To learn more about the international convention, ask International Convention chairman T. R. Cook, or visit the Convention page on the OI website:http://www.optimist.org/e/member/convention1.cfm
The 3rd quarter district meeting in Richmond was a success! And two $2,500 scholarships were awarded to the winners of the Oratorical contest. Thanks, Chairman Dave Griffiths and his helpers for a stellar job! It went smoothly!
I personally finished the district meeting weekend with a talk on Optimism at the regional HOBY seminar Sunday at JMU. There were about 500 people in the audience (wow). It is amazing what HOBY does to instill leadership in rising high school juniors. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. Please visit www.HOBY.org to learn more.
We have just a little over 4 months left in our year to make a difference and Build for the Kids. As of May, we have 37 clubs and are up by just 2 members for the year! Zones 5, 7 and 8 have dropped a lot of members without adding enough new members to cover those losses, but the other zones are doing better. I challenge everyone to just ask one person to join by the end of this month. All it takes is to just ask. Just this week our district has slipped from 7th place to 9th place internationally. Other districts are building clubs and adding members. I know we can do it too. Lt. Governor Chuck is working on a new club at the Greensprings retirement community, and Lt. Governor Mark is working on a new club in Suffolk. Please help them in any way you can.
I plan to visit the Caroline County Optimist Club in zone 8 for their big NOW bash in June (it is a cook-out on a Saturday). Norfolk Wards Corner also plans a similar NOW event that same Saturday to celebrate their 25th year! Congratulations Norfolk-Wards Corner on 25 years of service to the kids in your community! And I will be visiting Zone 6 for another big event in June.
Please drive safely and have a fun summer during your vacation travel. I will see many of you during the summer, especially at the International Convention in July. I hope also to see everyone at the District Convention in Virginia Beach during September 7, 8 and 9. For more information, please visitwww.optimistcapva.org.
Thanks for all you do, and remember to Build for the Kids, 100% and Then Some!