Stories of Optimism

Summit Success in San Diego!
February 13, 2014

On February 1, sixty-seven Optimist Members gathered for a day of training, fellowship and fun. The setting was the third and most well-attended Optimist Leadership Summit to date. Attendees ranged from Members for 5 months to 41 years and from Governor-Elect to regular Club Member. The training truly offered something for everyone!

The training covered a wide variety of topics and included ideas that could easily be implemented across the organization. Attendees were given tips on engaging Members, conducting a good Club meeting and building new Clubs. A presentation on the Optimist programs gave suggestions on how to reach more children and conduct profitable fundraisers for Club activities. Attendees were also trained in marketing, pursuing leadership opportunities and participating in programs available through the Optimist Foundations.

Lunchtime included not only a delicious meal, but the opportunity for networking. Optimists were able to meet Members from outside their local community and District. This allowed attendees to discuss numerous topics, including but not limited to recruiting and retention, fundraising, New Club Building and new project ideas. Members were able to share what works for their Clubs and also learn what is working in other communities.

“This was a great meeting. I’m so glad I came because I learned some things I already knew, but it reinvigorated us about all the things we can do in our Clubs,” said M. Joyce Bakersmith, President of the Optimist Club of Pomona-Breakfast, CA. “Thank you very much for having this. My sandwich was delicious and I had a great time!”

The Leadership Summit in San Diego was a worthwhile experience for everyone in attendance. For more information, please visit



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