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Optimist Recognition and Awards

A. Club Recognition

1. "Bringing out the Best" Club
(banner patch then year bar thereafter)

  • Complete at least two service projects a year (submit President's Pride Report)
  • Add at least one member
  • Be current on District and OI dues
  • Recognize a Club member or local community individual

2. Honor Club
(banner patch, year bar with Club President’s name and year; thereafter a year bar with Club President’s name)
  • Complete at least three service projects a year (submit President's Pride Report)
  • Recognize a Club member or local community individual
  • Award Certification Document
  • Grow Club by net plus 1
  • Be current on District and OI dues
3. Distinguished Club
(watch for club President and secretary and/or treasurer, a banner patch with the Club President’s name; thereafter a year bar with club President’s name and watch)

  • Meet Honor Club Criteria plus:
  • Net of 15 OR Charter a New Club
B. District Recognition

1. Distinguished Lt. Governor:
(Desk clock)
  • All Clubs in zone are honor clubs OR
  • Net plus one in membership and charter one new Club
2. Distinguished Governor:
(Governor’s Ring plus a District banner patch with the Governor’s name and year)
  • Grow District by net plus 1 in membership
  • District to build at least one new Club
  • All Clubs are current on District and OI dues (all financial obligations paid by September 30)
  • All reports filed with Optimist International in a timely manner

3. Distinguished District Secretary Treasurer:
("Bringing out the Best in Kids" logo folder with ink pen)

  • Be current on District and OI dues (all financial obligations paid and/or submitted by by September 30)
  • All reports filed with Optimist International in a timely manner
  • Grow District by net plus 1 in membership
  • District to build at least one new Club

4. Governor Pacesetter Award
(pen/pencil set given at convention)
  • Grow District by net +1 in membership
  • District to build at least two new adult Clubs by June 30th.