• Honoring Our Heroes Honor a teacher, public safety officer, veteran or active duty military personnel as your #OptimistHero
  • Oratorical World Championships Students from around the world to compete for scholarships
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • 2016 Optimist International Convention June 30-July 2, 2016 in Quebec City. Rediscover Optimism in Quebec. #OI2016
  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
Honoring Our Heroes1 Oratorical World Championships2 Youth Clubs (JOOI)3 2016 Optimist International Convention4 Official Suppliers5 Welcome New Clubs6 Optimist Junior Golf7 Friend of Optimists8

2016-17 Officer Elections

Only the Southeast Region Will Participate in the Election This Year
April 28, 2016
For the election of 2016-17 International officers, there is only one contested election this year. This is for the Southeast Region Vice President-Elect. Therefore, only Clubs in the Southeast Region need to cast votes. If your Club is part of the Southeast Region, you need to make sure that your Club’s election-specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox on June 1. Please simply add the following email address as an approved sender noreply@directvote.net

Your Club’s dues must be paid in full prior to be being allowed to vote. Elections open online at 9:00 AM (EDT) / 8:00 AM (CDT) on Wednesday, June 1. Delegates from Clubs in the Southeast Region attending the International Convention in Quebec City will be able to vote at a kiosk during regular convention office hours until election balloting closes at Noon (EDT) / 11:00 AM (CDT) on Friday, July 1. If you have questions, contact Tom Carver at (800) 500-8310 ext. 243 or (314) 881-1343, or email tom.carver@optimist.org


Current List of Nominees
Below is the current list of nominees for International office for 2016-17. This list will be updated as nominations are received. Please note that the deadline for self-nominations for President-Elect, At Large Board Director-Elect, and Vice President-Elect is April 1. Qualified candidates who are properly nominated on or before April 1 will also be added to the slate of officers to be placed into nomination for online voting. Nominees are listed alphabetically by last name.

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)

  • International Candidate Qualifications Committee Announces Its Nominees
    March 2, 2016
    The Optimist International Candidate Qualifications Committee has announced that it has nominated the following individuals for International office in 2016-17. Please note that the deadline for self-nominations for President-Elect, At Large Board Director-Elect, and Vice President-Elect is April 1. Qualified candidates who are properly nominated on or before April 1 will also be added to the slate of officers to be placed into nomination for online voting.

    2016-17 International President-Elect:

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

    • Northeast & Great Lakes Region: Robert McFadyen (Kitchener, ON)
    • Southeast Region: Hal Sewell (Senoia, GA)
    • Mid-Atlantic Region: Lou Anna Hardee (Greenville, NC)
    • Middle America Region: Kathy 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)

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