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94th Optimist International Convention
July 12-14, 2012
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Delegates Vote on Bylaws Proposals
Delegates to the 2012 Convention made key decisions on several issues. The results are posted below.

Issue 1: Qualifications for the Office of President - Adopted as Proposed
Issue 2: Replacement of Past President Member of the
Candidate Qualifications Committee - Adopted as Proposed
Issue 3: Extension of Pilot Club Program - Adopted as Amended
Issue 4: Due Date for District Annual Reviews - Adopted as Proposed
Issue 5: Election of Optimist International President-elect and
Vice Presidents-elect - Withdrawn by Submitting Club
Issue 6: Establishment of Option for Online Accredited Delegates - Defeated

To read the details about each issue, please click here.


Optimists Elected to Lead Organization

Delegates also voted on candidates who will serve in international leadership positions for the organization. Congratulations to Rick Quinlan and Marlene Phillips, who have been elected to the Optimist International Board of Directors. Their terms will begin October 1, 2012. In addition, Ron Huxley has been elected 2012-2013 International President-Elect. Finally, the following Optimists have been elected Vice Presidents-Elect for 2012-2013: Harry Margo, Lois Philbrick, Willie Lee, Carl Westenbarger, Jim Boyd, Ruth Nelson, William Meyers and Pierre Beaulieu.