• Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • 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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Certified Club Builders
Certified Club Builders are trained Optimist volunteers who are available to work in target communities not currently served by Optimist Clubs. Through direct marketing techniques, these volunteers work in connection with District leadership to determine targeted sites and assist in training volunteer key builders. They are also actively involved in the New Club process.

A Certified Club Builder is an Optimist who has a successful track record in forming New Clubs. They possess an extensive knowledge of Optimist International’s history, policies, programs and culture. They must be available to travel and spend consecutive days working in the field. In addition to leading New Club efforts within a community, Certified Club Builders must be able to train and instruct other key builders about how to successfully build New Clubs.

Training
Certified Club Builders receive extensive training in every aspect of the New Club process. CCBs are taught a proven sales model that enables them to prospect and recruit potential members. They study successful Club models and the New Club follow-up program. Each CCB develops a training style that enables them to effectively communicate with other volunteer builders at the Club and District levels. They learn skills that will help them develop, organize and manage a team successfully. In addition, CCBs receive training for building JOOI Clubs. During the training process, CCBs have the opportunity to practice and refine their newly learned skills by leading New Club efforts currently in progress at the selected training site.

Procedures
When a Certified Club Builder travels within his or her own District, the cost associated with this program is incurred by the Optimist International New Club Building Department. For travel outside of the District, the New Club Building Department covers the cost to send the CCB out to a specific location and any meals incurred. The District is responsible for covering lodging and ground transportation.

A request for the services of the Certified Club Builder is made through the New Club Building Department at the International Office. The individual making the request will then work in conjunction with the Optimist International staff to schedule the Certified Club Builder to work within the particular District.

To request a Certified Club Builder, fill out the CCB Request Form below and return to the New Club Building Department at the International Office.

Forms
CCB Grant Proposal Form
For CCBs assisting in communities within their District, a grant proposal should be filed with the New Club Building Department.

CCB Request Form
If you would like a CCB to come assist you on your New Club project, fill out this form and return it to the New Club Building Department.

CCB Evaluation Form
Evaluate your experience with your CCB. Was it everything you expected and more? Fill out this form and send it back to the New Club Building Department.

CCB Follow-Up Form
Evaluate your experience as a CCB in the field. Do you feel your time spent working in the field was effective? Please fill out this form and send it back to the New Club Building Department.

Resource Materials
Do you have what you need to start a Club?


Rules for New Clubs


Electronic New Club Kit
Why wait for a kit to ship?


Contact the New Club Department
Do you want to start a New Club?

Current Certified Club Builders
The following is a list of Certified Club Builders organized by District.

Arizona
Esthermarie Hillman
Ken Johnson
Jim Smith
John Townsend

Arkansas
Chris Black

Atlantic Central
Sue Creswell

California South
Elaine Lucca

Capital-Virginia
Les Cox

Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota
Jim Dupre
Jack Dyvig
Gloria Kloster

East Missouri
Loretta Kelly
Don Sievers

East Ontario
Gilles Belanger

Georgia
Deanna Morrow

Indiana South
Ron Fuhrman
Paula Reyling

Iowa
E. Ted Baker
Craig Kelley

Kansas
Peggy Ingle

Kentucky-West Virginia
Wayne Dunn

Michigan
Richard Bloom

Nebraska
Mark Claussen
Ardis Moody
Al Penner
Cindy Von Fange
Bob Wriedt

North Carolina East
Sandy Cyphers

North Carolina West
Bill Fowler
Ginny Fowler
Richard Highland
Ron Lackey
Stewart Mallard

North Florida
Lois Philbrick

North Texas
Ken Garner
Patsy Garner
Larry O'Connor
Danny Rodgers

Oklahoma
Tommy Crall, Jr.

Pacific Northwest
Linda Jackson
Edward Murphy, Jr.

Pacific Southwest
James Morack
Jim Oliver
Mark E. Weinsoff

Quebec Center
Daniel Fortin
Claire Labreche

Quebec East and Acadie
Ginette Simoneau

Quebec East-North Shore
Andre Aubin
Marie-Josee Dallaire
Michel Dupuis
Jean Paquet

Quebec West
Deane Dussault
Robert Perron
Pierrette Ricard
Yvon Ricard
JC St-Onge

Southwestern Ontario
Ron Huxley
Sandra Larivee

Tennessee
Essie Johnson

West Missouri
Dennis Desmond
Mary Ann Gilpin

Wisconsin North-Upper Michigan
Jann Van Dreser




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