Current Optimist Club(s)
Uptown Optimist Club of Great Falls Montana
Other Optimist Clubs you belonged to in the past:
St. Albert Breakfast, AB and Friendly City-Moose Jaw, SK
Date you first joined an Optimist Club:
November 5, 1992
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:
Convention Committee Member 2009-2010 International Convention; Sgt. of Arms 2013, 2014. At the District level, I have held the following positions: Candidate Qualifications Chair, 2006. Membership Chair 2000, 2012. New Club Building Chair 2001, Club Services Chair 2009, Leadership Development Chair 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016.
Optimist Awards achieved:
Distinguished President; Distinguished Lt. Governor; Builder of Excellence (3); PGI Level 10; 10,25, 50 Member pin.
Job Counselor, System Administrator
What are your primary qualifications for this office?
Having had the opportunity to serve my District in the capacity of a District Membership Chair, New Club Building Chair and as Leadership Chair on eight different occasions, I have learned to listen, be creative, and be a problem solver. In addition, in order to motivate others, I am passionate about optimism and recognize the importance of open and constant communication.
Why should a Club vote for you?
Jokingly because I am the only candidate. On the serious side, I am a passionate believer in optimism and the great things we do for children.
What specific things will you do to help the Clubs and Districts in your Region?
I will start early working with the Governor-Elects to create a successful growth plan in their District. Encourage Governor-Elects to communicate early and often with their President-Elects as well as Lt. Governors-Elect in preparing for a successful year.
Anything else you would like to say to Clubs.
I am thankful for having the opportunity to serve as the Great Plains Vice President. I look forward to visiting all of the Districts, meeting new fellow Optimists, learning new ideas, and of course giving our motivated Governors assistance to achieve the goals they have set. I promise to bring my “A Game” in all my travels and endeavors.
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)