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International Vice President-Elect Nominee (Middle America Region)

Kathryn Underwood

Current Optimist Club(s)
Breakfast Optimist Club of Indianapolis

Other Optimist Clubs you belonged to in the past:

Brownsburg Optimist Club, Plainfield Optimist Club, Ryves Community Optimist Club

Date you first joined an Optimist Club:


Year(s) you were a Club President:


Year(s) you were a Lieutenant Governor:


Year(s) you were a District Governor:


International Offices or positions you have held:


Optimist Awards achieved:

Executive Director’s Excellence in Leadership Award 2010-2011; Builder of Excellence 2010; Optimist International Foundation Distinguished Benefactor

Owner, Camp Bow Wow Lawrence – dog day care, boarding and training.

What are your primary qualifications for this office?

I have over 30 years of experience managing and leading teams to accomplish objectives set out by the companies I worked for. I now own my own business whose success is based on exceptional service to our customers by creating trusted relationships. In the first year of our business, we were nominated to the A-List of best Doggie Day Cares in Indianapolis.

I was honor Lieutenant Governor, leading all Clubs in my Zone to be either Honor or Distinguished status. During my year as Governor, we built four new Clubs in the Indiana South District. My motto was “Putting the Pieces Together” focusing on teamwork to meet our objectives.

Why should a Club vote for you?

Not only do I possess the organization skills needed for this position, I possess a love for the Optimist organization, its mission, vision and purpose.

What specific things will you do to help the Clubs and Districts in your Region?

I look at this position as one of service to the Districts in the Middle America Region. My position will be one of cheerleading the District leadership, and the entire Region Members, to be the best they can be. I will assist the leaders by helping to remove roadblocks to success, and help identify goals and strategies to achieve them.

Anything else you would like to say to Clubs. 

Candidate Bios

2016-17 International President-Elect:

  • Nick Prillaman (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2016-17 International Vice Presidents-Elect:

  • Northeast & Great Lakes Region: Bob McFadyen (Kitchener, ON)
  • Southeast Region: Michael Goldman (Davie, FL) and Hal Sewell (Senoia, GA)
  • Mid-Atlantic Region: Lou Anna Hardee (Greenville, NC)
  • Middle America Region: Kathryn Underwood (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Great Plains Region: Roger Lesofski (Great Falls, MT)
  • Southwest Region: Ron Benson (Edgewater, CO)
  • West Coast Region: James Pekny (Tucson, AZ)
  • St. Lawrence Region: Robert Doyle (Ottawa, ON)
  • Three year term to the International Board of Directors (2 to be elected):

  • Nicole Paquette (Casselman, ON)
  • Mark Weinsoff (Goleta, CA)