• Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
  • 97th Optimist International Convention New Orleans | July 9-11, 2015
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Scholarship Contests Helping youth achieve their dreams of higher education
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
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Online Elections

International Officer Election Results
July 1, 2015
The online election of International officers is complete. The following Optimists were elected by the Clubs participating in the voting:

2015-16 International President-Elect:

  • Jim Kondrasuk of Monona, Wisconsin
Three year term to the International Board of Directors:
  • Rebecca Butler-Mona of West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Adrian M. Elcock of St. Thomas, Barbados
2015-16 International Vice Presidents-Elect:
  • Northeast & Great Lakes Region Vice President-Elect: George Clarke of Barrie, Ontario
  • Southeast Region Vice President-Elect: Daniel Rich of St. Johns, Florida
  • Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President-Elect: Lawrence Kelley of Lenoir, North Carolina
  • Middle America Region Vice President-Elect: Charles “Chuck” Davis of Columbus, Ohio
  • Great Plains Region Vice President-Elect Susan Fix of New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Southwest Region Vice President-Elect Venus Sandford of Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • West Coast Region Vice President-Elect: Bill French of Hillsboro, Oregon
  • St. Lawrence Region Vice President-Elect: Jean Paquet of Desjardins, Quebec
A total of 460 Optimist Clubs voted in the election, which represents 22% of the Clubs eligible to vote.


Online Election of International Officers is Coming Soon
April 13, 2015
Your Club's right to vote for the Optimist International President, Board Directors and Vice Presidents has never been easier.

To be able to vote for the next Optimist International President, two At Large Board Directors, and your Regional Vice President, your Optimist Club MUST be up to date with all Optimist International dues and fees. Voting will take place during the month of June. Voting for individuals will not take place at Convention.

Please make sure that your 2014-15 Club President's email address is correct in the Optimist Membership database to ensure your Club receives the voting procedures, which will be sent in May.

Go to www.optimistleaders.org and login with your credentials. If you do not know your credentials, click on the "Password Recovery" link. Select yourself and confirm that your email is correct or enter in the correct address.


Slate of Candidates Announced
April 2, 2015
The slate of candidates has been announced for the organization’s online election of International officers which will take place during the month of June. The candidates are:

2015-16 International President-Elect:

  • James W. “Jim” Kondrasuk (Monona, Wisconsin)
  • Nick Prillaman (Atlanta, Georgia)
    • 2015-16 International Vice Presidents-Elect:

    • Northeast & Great Lakes Region Vice President-Elect: George Clarke (Barrie, Ontario)
    • Southeast Region Vice President-Elect: Daniel Rich (St. Johns, Florida)
    • Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President-Elect: Lawrence Kelley ( Lenoir, North Carolina)
    • Middle America Region Vice President-Elect: Charles “Chuck” Davis (Columbus, Ohio)
    • Great Plains Region Vice President-Elect: Susan Fix (New Ulm, Minnesota)
    • Southwest Region Vice President-Elect: Venus Sanford (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
    • West Coast Region Vice President-Elect: Bill French (Hillsboro, Oregon)
    • St. Lawrence Region Vice President-Elect: Jean Paquet (Desjardins, Quebec)
    • Three year term to the International Board of Directors (2 to be elected):

    • Rebecca Butler Mona (West Des Moines, Iowa)
    • Adrian M. Elcock (St. Thomas, Barbados)
    • Gil Ortiz (Pflugerville, Texas)

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