• 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
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  • Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences Leadership training to bring out the best in your Club
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Honoring Our Heroes1 Oratorical World Championships2 Youth Clubs (JOOI)3 Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences4 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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