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95th Optimist International Convention
July 4-6, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio

The International Convention events will take place at the:

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

When it comes to convenience, a lot of cities talk the talk, but they just can’t walk the walk. Well in Cincinnati USA, you can walk just about everywhere. In fact, Prevention Magazine recently ranked Cincinnati as one of the Top 10 Most Walkable Cities in the United States. There are countless restaurants, clubs, music venues and shopping stores within a two-minute walk from your hotel and Fountain Square.  This compact, easy-to-navigate footprint lets attendees readily explore the city and find their inner energy before, between and after events.

Online Registration is now closed.

If you would still like to register in advance for the 2013 Convention, please contact Barbara Zurcher at (800) 500-8130 ext. 223 or via e-mail at Barbara.Zurcher@optimist.org.

Attendees may also register onsite.

Cincinnati Registration Form
For Members who prefer to print off a form to submit by mail or fax. To download the registration form, click here.

Look who's registered for Cincinnati!

Exhibitors at the 2013 Optimist Convention

Optimist International would like to thank its exhibitors.

MSCEE Skincare

A private label toiletries company distributing emu oil based skin care and pain relieving products. We offer 100% pure Emu Oil, Absolutely Fabulous Foot care and Therapeutic Body Cream, Shav-E-Cee shaving products and Joint and Muscle Care Pain reliever. Use Promotion Code OIhope for a 10% discount. Expires 10/31/13.

Website: www.msceeskincare.com


Look Before You Book
Before you book your travel and housing, please consider arriving early or staying late to experience everything that Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have to offer.  You may want to catch a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, visit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, discover the wonders of an underwater world at the Newport Aquarium, tour the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center or experience the thrill of Kings Island Amusement & Waterpark.  Your International Convention Committee is also working hard to coordinate a Saturday Charity Chili Cook-Off/Tailgate Party.  Please refer to the Local Attractions section below for more details.

International Convention delegates can choose from one of two hotels.

Millennium Hotel Cincinnati
150 West 5th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Connected to the Duke Energy Convention Center, few Cincinnati hotels can compete with the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati’s prime downtown location.  With the city’s financial district, as well as hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants nearby, the hotel provides easy access to everything that’s good in Cincinnati.  Museums, art galleries and sports stadiums like Paul Brown Stadium and the US Bank Arena are close by, including some to the finest attractions in the Midwest such as Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which promises an action-packed day out for the whole family or delegation.

Reservation options:

By Telephone: call the hotel toll free at (800) 876-2100.  Be sure to mention you are attending the Optimist International Convention in Cincinnati in July 2013.

By Fax: guests may fax their reservation to (513) 357-8688 using the fax information form.

Online: visit www.millenniumhotels.com/cincinnati and enter Group Code DE00170657.  Or, click here to book directly.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Connected via skywalk to a number of shops and restaurants and just a short block away from the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Reservation options:

By Telephone: call the Hilton toll free at (800) 445-8667 and mention the group name “Optimist International Annual Convention” and the group code OIA to ensure you receive the group rate.

Online: visit www.cincinnatinetherlandplaza.hilton.com, type in your arrival and departure date, then click the “Add special rate codes” link and type in “OIA.” 

Millennium: 24-hour overnight valet parking is available at the current rate of $22 per night (subject to change, based on availability). 

Hilton: Valet parking is available at $24 per night (subject to change) with complimentary in and out privileges with the exception of departure day where there is a $10 re-park charge each time the car is brought around.  The clearance into hotel valet is 6’6” if you should happen to have an oversized vehicle or SUV. 

Self-Parking Adjacent to the Hilton:
Tower Place Garage is located directly across the street from the hotel valet entrance.  This is a self-parking garage and based on time duration per day.  12-24 hours is $15.  There are no in-and-out privileges in this garage.  The clearance is 6’8” if you should happen to have an oversized vehicle or SUV. 

Surrounding Self-Parking:
For other self-parking options, click here.  Lot “E” on the attached “parking options” is the open air lot across from the hotel.  Oversized vehicles and SUVs can park here, if available.

Tentative Agenda
See what is planned for the International Convention.

General Information
Learn more about the details of the upcoming annual convention.

Results of Bylaws Voting

Convention Newsletter
Learn more about the International Convention!

January 2013 Newsletter

March 2013 Newsletter

Optimist Night at Great American Ball Park
Optimists are invited to enjoy the excitement of Major League Baseball during their visit to Cincinnati!

Sample Agendas for Various Attendees

The International Convention will have something for everyone, from first time club members and convention attendees to those who never miss the big event.  Sample agendas will be posted soon for the following groups:

Club Officers-Elect
District Officers-Elect
Experienced Convention Attendees
Vice Presidents-Elect and Governors-Elect
First Timers and New Members

Click here for a list of workshops that will be conducted in the Cincinnati Educational Consortium.

Online Voting Workshop Slides

Help Needed
Volunteers are needed to assist with pre-registration.  More information will be posted soon.

Live from Convention
All of the action from this summer’s International Convention will be streamed live.  The July Board of Directors meeting and all of the Business Sessions will be streaming live on the Optimist channel at stream.optimist.org.

Here are approximate times for each big event (note times are Eastern):

Board of Directors Meeting – July 3, 2013 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
First Business Session – July 5, 2013 (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Second Business Session – July 6, 2013 (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Closing Business Session – July 6, 2013 (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Click here for the streaming page

Optimist International would love to see all members in Cincinnati, but this is a great chance to tune in for those who can’t make it.

Travel Discounts
Before you book your travel and housing, please consider the days you want to come early and/or stay after the convention events. Your International Convention Committee is working on pre and post-convention events to take place on July 3 and 7. Please also refer to the local attractions section below for information on other exciting activities that Cincinnati has to offer!

Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, special deals are available for Optimist members for the International Convention.

Fly into Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, sometimes called the Greater Cincinnati Airport, located in Hebron, unincorporated Boone County, Kentucky, United States and serves the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. Despite being located in Boone County, the airport operations are governed by the neighboring Kenton County Airport Board. The airport's code, CVG, comes from the nearest major city at the time of its opening, Covington, Kentucky. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport covers an area of 8,000 acres (32 km2).

Following are convention discounts offered by airlines, Amtrak and rental car companies:

Traveling by Air

Air Canada
Discount Code: XFRBUPF1
Ticketing agent fees may apply for phone reservations.
Travel valid July 1-8, 2013.

American Airlines
Discount code: 6663DQ
A $25 US ticketing fee applies if purchased by phone.
Travel valid June 26-July 13, 2013.

When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter NMEYF on the Search Flight page.
A ticketing fee applies if purchased by phone (800) 328-1111.
Travel valid June 28 – July 15, 2013.

Traveling by Train

Reservations cannot be booked via Internet.
Call (800) 872-7245.
Discount Code X24M-960.
Travel valid between June 28-July 13, 2013.

Airport Transportation

Executive Airport Shuttle Transportation
$20 one way or $27 round trip for shared shuttle.
Call (800) 990-8841 (representatives available 24 hours a day).
Mention Optimist International Convention to receive discount.
Or make a reservation online by clicking here. Under Details of Service mention "Optimist International Convention" to receive discounted rate.

Rental Car Discounts
The following rental car companies are offering discounts:

Discount Code BCD# U160153
Call (877) 516-7275

Discount Code GE1025 and code OPT
Call (800) 261-7331.

Local Attractions
Arrive early or stay late and enjoy all the area has to offer! Visit the Cincinnati USA and Northern Kentucky for details.

Youth Adventures
Click here to learn about the fun adventures scheduled to keep the youngest attendees busy throughout the International Convention.

Frequently Asked Questions

Future Conventions
Optimist International has its sights set on a few great destinations over the next several years.