New Club Building Grant
Any new Club chartered with less than 25 Members will receive a $100 grant. Any new Club that is chartered with 25 or more Members will receive a $200 grant. Grants must be used for a youth service project.
30 Under 30 Membership Program
The 30 Under 30 Membership program will continue during the 2015-16 Optimist year. A new Member that is aged 30 or under may join Optimist for $30 International dues and registration fee for one year. When the year is over, the Member pays full International dues.
Community Impact Bundle
The Community Impact Bundle is a way for your Club to honor and recognize the difference-makers in your community who share the same values as your Club. For only $300, this bundled package includes six (6) Friend memberships.
Optimist Club of the Year
The Optimist Club of the Year award is presented annually to the most outstanding Club in each Region based upon criteria such as service projects, Club growth, etc. Recipients of the “Optimist Club of the Year” will receive one full registration to the Optimist International Convention, a banner patch, an award and the opportunity to compete for the Overall Optimist Club of the Year.
Overall Optimist Club of the Year
The Overall Optimist Club of the Year is the highest achievement an Optimist Club can attain in the Optimist organization. The eight “Optimist Clubs of the Year” will be judged and ranked by multiple judges. The recipient of this prestigious award will be chosen regardless of number of Members or Region, and will be known as the “Best Overall Club” in Optimist International. The Club named the Overall Optimist Club of the Year will receive one round-trip airline ticket to the Optimist International
Convention, a banner patch, an award and an article in The Optimist magazine and on the Optimist website.
Recognition of the Administrative Year will not be announced until after January 10 of the following administrative year. Submission of the President’s Pride Report is required for proof of completed service projects. All reports for Distinguished Governor are to be received for year the Governor served.