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JOOI Convention

July 6-8, 2015
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Schedule of Events

JOOI Convention Schedule
Registration Information
REGISTER ONLINE!- Registration is only $199 for adults and Members and includes two lunches and three dinners.

JOOI Convention Registration Form
JOOI Convention Code of Conduct Form
JOOI Convention Medical Consent Form
JOOI Convention Chaperone Rules

International JOOI Candidate Information

International JOOI President Candidate Information
International JOOI Board Member Candidate Information
International JOOI Candidate Application

Theme Days
Please join the JOOI Board and Committee at convention by dressing in the below new theme days!

July 6 - "Rep Your District"
July 7 - "Purple & Gold"
July 8 - "Favorite Sports Team"

Book Your Reservations Now!
The sleeping room rates are $109 per night (plus taxes & fees)-$128.08 inclusive for up to two people and $125 (plus taxes & fees)-$146.44 inclusive for three or four people in a room. Sleeping rooms with king beds are limited to a maximum of three people per room. Upgrades are available. To book your reservation and for more information on room types and upgrades available, including photos, click here or call (800) 445-8667 or (504) 584-3959. When calling, remember to mention the dates, group name “Junior Optimist Octagon International” and group code OIAJ. As long as there are sleeping rooms available, the deadline to make your reservation is June 17, 2015.

Please note: if you check-out prior to your reserved check-out date, the hotel will add a $90 early checkout fee (plus taxes & fees) to your account. To avoid an early checkout fee, advise the hotel at or before you check-in of any change in planned length of stay. Room rates include complimentary internet.

Airport Transportation
Airport Shuttle is the official ground transportation provider for the New Orleans International Airport and includes a fleet of clean-burning, propane-fueled vans and minibuses. Airport Shuttle is offering a discounted round-trip rate of $35 to Optimists. To receive the discounted rate, use the following link:

2015 JOOI Convention Official Discounted Airport Shuttle

JOOI Convention T-shirts
Convention attendees will have the opportunity to purchase an official JOOI Convention T-shirt via the registration form or during the online registration process. Cost is $15 US/CN and are available in adult sizes only. Add $1.50 for XX-Large. Add $3 for XXX-Large.

Cuisine in New Orleans isn’t the only thing spicing up the city. TripAdvisor 2010 Traveler’s Choice® Destination Awards ranked New Orleans as the top destination in the world for night life. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America’s Top 5 Restaurant Cities.

New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from the hotel.

Nowhere else does it occur more effortlessly or more joyously. Jazz, America's only original art form, was born here while Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot that is New Orleans.

In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers.

Promotional Posters

JOOI Convention Promotional Poster 1
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JOOI Convention Promotional Poster 3
GETC 2015
Governors-Elect from all Districts of JOOI are invited to the inaugural Governor-Elect Training Conference on July 9, 2015 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. This intensive and highly-rewarding Conference will prepare JOOI Governors for the 'ins' and ‘outs’ of planning, executing and leading a successful year.
* Please note that the Conference will follow directly after the JOOI International Convention from July 6-8.
* Registration opens on May 1.

Sponsored with kind consideration by the Optimist International Foundation, there is no registration fee for attending this event. Governors-Elect will receive a shared room for the night of July 9 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and all meals on July 9 will be included.

Governors-Elect are advised to make travel arrangements for departure out of New Orleans for July 10 so as to not compete with the Conference schedule.

Attire for the entire day will be business formal. Jeans or T-shirts are not allowed.

GETC 2015 Agenda
GETC 2015 Registration Form

If you have any questions, please send them to youthclubs@optimist.org or call (800) 500-8130, ext. 218.

2015 JOOI Convention Details

July 6-8, 2015

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

2014 JOOI Convention Photos

JOOI Club Members from United States,
Canada, Anguilla and Jamaica met in
sunny San Diego, California for the
International JOOI Convention. Everyone
had a wonderful time with group activities, workshops, guest speakers, campaigns and elections for their new International Board of Directors. JOOI Members also explored Coronado Beach where they participated in a Beach Clean-Up service project. The convention ended with the President’s Banquet followed by the President’s Dance.