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International Board Seeks Input From Members!
As part of their ongoing strategic planning, the members of the International Board of Directors are seeking input from Optimist Club members.  The Board would like to hear your ideas on the direction the organization should go in the near future as well as specific ideas to solve some of the ongoing concerns, such as declining membership.  All ideas are welcome and will be considered as part of the Board's long range planning.  You may send your comments and ideas directly to the Board at
Check Out OI President 2014-2015 Ken Garner's Speech at the International convention.

On May 2, 2014, 

Arizona District Governor Katie Paulson 

Issued a Challenge to the 

Clubs in the Arizona District to 

"Grow for the Kids!"

with the purpose to grow our club membership so clubs can serve more youth in their communities, and bring a little fun and friendly competition between club members, clubs, and zones.

All club members, clubs, and zones in the Arizona District are Eligible!

How it Works

Duration: This starts today, May 3, 2014, and goes through the end of the current Optimist year, ending on September 30, 2014.

Members: Current members sponsor new members between now and the end of the September. We will track the number of new members and who sponsored them, at the end  of the current Optimist year the person with the most new members sponsored will be the winner.

Clubs: Similar to the what members have to do, but counting new members brought in at the club level. The club that brings in the most members wins.

Zones: Same thing, the zone with the most new members added will be the winner.

Not So Fine Print: No double dipping. If the person already is in an Arizona District club, they cannot join another club to count (Dual Membership).

FOO's Count!

What do we win?

  • 1000 additional A&A points for winning club

  • Free registration and meals at the 2nd Quarter meeting, only, for the winning member, winning Club President, and winning Lt. Governor

  • Banner Patch for the winning member and Club

So, let's stop being the world's best kept secret, and let's start bringing in new members so we can 

 "Bring Out the Best in Kids" 







  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 of 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, work only for the best and to expect only the 


  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 


  To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize


  To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to

   permit the presence of trouble.



50 Years and Counting!

 The Arizona Optimist District would like to acknowledge their members that have been Optimists for 50 years or more-

Ron Hochrine-Casa Grande Club #31017

Bill Merodias-Tucson-Uptown #31160

Jim Roberts-Sun City-Youngtown-Peoria Club #31130

JimSmith-Tucson-Foothills Club #31184

Wilburne Stamper- Tucson-Uptown #31160

Bill St. Louis- Tucson-Uptown #31160

Jim Warden-Mesa-Breakfast #31010


Joseph Montoya- Yuma Club #31170

Roland Beeler-Yuma Sunrise # 31135

Jack Norris-Phoenix Club #31085

David Arens-Pueblo Club #31092

Robert Mayhew-Mesa Breakfast Club #31010


Please contact the Arizona District Governor if you or a member of your Club is not included on this list.