Online Elections  

   

Slate of Candidates Announced
April 9, 2014
The slate of candidates has been announced for the organization’s first online election that will take place during the month of June.  The candidates are:

President-Elect:  
Melvin Bannister (Columbia, South Carolina)
Dave Bruns (Topeka, Kansas)

Vice Presidents-Elect:
Region 1 Northeast & Great Lakes:  Ann Donkers (Williamstown, Ontario)
Region 2 Southeast:  James Adams (Montgomery, Alabama)
Region 3 Mid-Atlantic:  Barbara Timmons (Rolesville, North Carolina)
Region 4 Middle America:  Robert Floyd (El Dorado Springs, Missouri)
Region 5 Great Plains:  Mark Claussen (Norfolk, Nebraska)
Region 6 Southwest:  Albert Clark (Fort Worth, Texas)
Region 7 West Coast:  Linda Jackson (Boise, Idaho) and Charlie Pease (Lyons, Colorado)
Region 8 St. Lawrence:  Luc Dubois (Sherbrooke, Quebec)

Board of Directors Members (2 to be elected):
Judy Boyd (Urbandale, Iowa)
Don Brose (Clarkston, Michigan)
Sue Creswell (Reading, Pennsylvania)
Adrian Elcock (St. Thomas, Barbados)
Esthermarie Hillman (Tucson, Arizona)


Important Dates & Details

6/2/2014
Voting procedure emailed to every Club President

6/2/2014 8:00:00 AM, CDT
Voting open

6/30/2014 5:00:00 PM, CDT
Voting closed

Results
Will be posted as soon as the final tally is made

 


Online Election – Fact Sheet
February 13, 2014
The 2014-15 offices of International President-Elect, International Vice Presidents-Elect and two International Board of Directors members (3 year term) will be elected by an online voting system this year.  Elections will no longer be held at the International Convention.

All Clubs will be sent instructions on how to cast their votes.  Voting will be done during the month of June.

Each Optimist Club in good standing with Optimist International will be entitled to one vote for each 25 members or major fraction thereof based on the membership recorded in the International Office on April 30.  Clubs organized after that date and prior to the last day of voting will be entitled to one vote for each 25 members or major fraction of 25 charter members recorded in the International Office.

Election of the International President-Elect and Vice Presidents-Elect will be by the highest number of votes cast for each office.  Vice President-Elect elections will be by the Clubs located within the designated Region.  Election of the two Board of Directors members will be by the two highest number of votes cast.

Dates to Remember:

April 1 -- Deadline for submission of self-nominations for all positions.

April 30 -- Club voting strength is determined per OI Bylaws.

June 2 -- Email is sent to every Club President outlining online voting procedure (hard copy mailing, if necessary). Online election voting will open for 30 calendar days, closing at the end of the business day on June 30. 

Results of elections posted on the Optimist website.  All candidates notified of election results.

Clubs should make sure that their 2013-2014 Club President’s email address is correct in the Optimist Membership database to ensure that the Club receives the voting procedures which will be sent in May:

Go to www.optimistleaders.org >> Login with your credentials >> (If you do not know your credentials, click on the “Password Recovery” link).

 


Nomination Information
January 20, 2014
Thank you for your interest in voting for your International officers.  Online voting will be available for Optimist Clubs in the spring.  Stay tuned for details and candidate information.

In the meantime, if you are interested in running for an International Office (International President, one of two Board Directors at Large positions, or International Vice President), there are two ways to be placed on the ballot:

(1) Contact the International Candidate Qualifications Committee.  The Committee is authorized to place at least one nomination for each available office on the ballot.   The CCommittee’s slate will be posted on this page and in all appropriate Optimist media on March 1.  Write a letter of your request and include a copy of your Optimist biography, then contact the Committee by one of the following methods no later than January 29:

In writing:

Optimist International
Attention:  International Candidate Qualifications Committee
4494 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

By email: executiveoffice@optimist.org

By fax: (314) 371-6006

(2) Place yourself in nomination for one of the available International Office positions.  Write a letter of your intent to run for a specific office and send by one of the above methods, no later than the end of business on April 1 (5:00 p.m. CST).  Nominations received after the end of the business on April 1 will not be accepted.

To self-nominate for International President:  Have two Optimist Clubs from two different Regions submit a letter of support.  Each letter must be on Club letterhead and signed by the Club President.   You must have served a full term as District Governor and International Vice President to be placed in nomination.  Your Optimist Club must be in good standing with Optimist International.

To self-nominate for one of two Board Directors at Large positions: Simply file a letter of intent to run as a Board Director at Large.  You must have served a full term as District Governor and your Optimist Club must be in good standing with Optimist International.

To self-nominate for International Vice President:  You may self-nominate for Vice President for your Region only.  Have two Optimist Clubs from two different Districts in your Region submit a letter of support.  Each letter must be on Club letterhead and signed by the Club President. You must have served a full term as District Governor and your Optimist Club must be in good standing with Optimist International.

To see a list of International job descriptions and the Letter of Understanding for each position that will need to be signed, click here.


Online Voting for International Officers
December 4, 2013
Each and every Optimist Club has the right to vote for International officers online beginning in the spring of 2014. To be able to vote for the next Optimist International President, two At Large Board Directors, and your Regional Vice President, your Optimist Club’s International dues and fees must be paid in full by April 30, 2014. 

Please make sure that your current Club President’s email address is correct in the Optimist membership database to ensure your Club receives the voting procedures next spring. Call 800-500-8130 or e-mail membership@optimist.org to verify his or her e-mail address.


All Clubs to Elect International Officers 
November 6, 2013
The election of the International President-Elect, Vice Presidents-Elect and two new Board of Directors members in 2014 will occur online. That means every Club gets to vote!

Please make sure that your 2013-2014 Club President's email address is correct in the Optimist Membership database to ensure your Club receives the voting procedures. Additional information on how the online election will work will be released this spring.

To be able to elect International officers, your Optimist Club's International dues and fees MUST be paid in full by April 30, 2014.

Voting on proposed amendments to the Optimist International Bylaws will continue to occur only at the International Convention.


Online Election of Officers is Coming
October 2, 2013
Your Club's right to vote for the Optimist International President, Board Directors and Vice Presidents just got easier. The delegates to the 2013 International Convention adopted a Bylaws amendment to allow each and every Optimist Club to vote for International officers online in June of 2014.

To be able to vote for the next Optimist International President, two At Large Board Directors and your Regional Vice President, your Optimist Club's International dues and fees MUST be paid in full by April 30, 2014.

Please make sure that your 2013-2014 Club President's email address is correct in the Optimist Membership database to ensure your Club receives the voting procedures next Spring. If you have any questions or would like to update your e-mail, contact membership@optimist.org.


Every Optimist Club Has the Right to Vote
July 16, 2013
Your Club’s right to vote for the Optimist International President, Board Directors and Vice Presidents just got easier. The delegates of the 2013 International Convention adopted a Bylaws amendment to allow each and every Optimist Club to vote for International officers online beginning in the Spring of 2014.

To be able to vote for the next Optimist International President, two At Large Board Directors, and your Regional Vice President, your Optimist Club’s International dues and fees MUST be paid in full by April 30, 2014.

Please make sure that your 2013-2014 Club President’s email address is correct in the Optimist Membership database to ensure your Club receives the voting procedures next Spring.


 

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