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Winter 2014 • 7 6 • The Optimist
This year’s convention will take place at Las Vegas’ best hotel, Caesars Palace. From the moment you walk through the doors of Caesars Palace, you will understand why this iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel sets the standard for opulent details, impeccable service and lavish Las Vegas accommodations. Special touches make the difference between an ordinary visit to Vegas and a spectacular experience— and it’s all yours at Caesars Palace. There are 15 restaurants to choose from including Restaurant Guy Savoy, the only place in the United States to experience the cuisine of one of France’s most revered and award-winning chefs. There is the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, known for hosting world-renowned singers and performers. For more information on this venue, visit www.caesarspalace.com.
~ Mark your calendar!
July 10-12 are the dates for this year’s convention. You can either register online or download the form at www. optimist.org/convention, fll it out by hand and mail it to the Optimist International offce. Save money by registering by the “early-bird” deadline, which is May 1. All other pre-registrations must be postmarked or faxed no later than May 31 and received at the International offce by June 9 to ensure proper processing.
~ Send the form with payment to:
Optimist International Convention 4494 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108
~ Please Note:
• Registrations cannot be processed by telephone. • Registrations paid by credit card, fax to 314-735 -4121. • Please do not mail the original registration form if you have already submitted one by fax. • After June 9, registration and payment will be accepted on-site. However, some meal event tickets may be soldout by then.
• If you would like any assistance with registering or have any questions, please call 800-500-8130.
Tuesday, July 8
• Vice President-elect/ Governor-elect Training
Wednesday, July 9
• District Foundation Training
• Registration /Credentials Open
Thursday, July 10
• House of Optimism (Exhibits)
This is the place to be if you are looking to pick up a new Club project or fundraising idea, feel the fellowship or browse the goodies at the supply company exhibit. The House of Optimism has it all!
• First Timers’ Orientation
You may not be sure what to expect at an International Convention and that’s okay! Just stop by the First Timers’ Orientation. International President Ron Huxley and Convention Committee Chair Mike Allen will personally welcome you to your frst International Convention. You will get acquainted with the training, workshops available, voting and the role of the sergeant-at-arms. You do not have to be a frst time attendee to take part in this session; it is open to everybody!
• District Chairs/ Club Leaders Training
Would you like to get the year started of f on the right foot? Be sure your District and Club is prepared by attending the dynamic training at the International Convention. Thursday from 1-5pm, there will be training available for incoming Lieutenant Governors, District Chairs, Secretary-Treasurers and Club Presidents.
• Opening Ceremonies
This is truly a ‘can’t miss’ event for all Optimists. The Parade of Flags is wonderful to watch and International President Ron Huxley will be there encouraging you to embrace your MO!
Friday, July 10
• Old Timers’/ Fellowship Breakfast
Everyone is welcome! There is no better way to start your day than with a hearty breakfast and a lot of laughs. Join the Past International Presidents, some of the organization’s most revered legends, and enjoy live entertainment.
• President’s Banquet and Ball (Old Vegas Theme)
Attire: Black and White; Business or Better Travel back to the swinging days of Vegas in the 50s and 60s! Be part of the glitz and glamour of the Rat Pack era as we celebrate 96 years of Otptimism with International President Ron Huxley and First Lady Debbie. Wear your fnest black and white attire; any combination will do. The sky’s the limit and President Ron is betting on Optimists to make this a night to remember. There may be prizes given to those who choose to dress like a member of the Rat Pack or other famous icons found in Vegas “back in the day.”
Be sure to purchase coupons in advance and look forward to a fun night of dinner, entertainment and dancing. You will exchange your coupons for table numbers at registration starting at 10am on Thursday, July 9. It is strictly frst come, frst served. If you have a group wanting to sit together, it is recommended one person collect the tickets and exchange them all at once.
Saturday, July 12
• President-Elect’s Breakfast
All Club Presidents-elect and Lieutenant Governors-elect are invited to a breakfast with 2014-2015 International President Ken Garner. Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend.
• Magic of Optimism Appreciation Luncheon
This luncheon is a must as it honors spouses and guests who continue to support Optimism in every way. This year’s theme is “Magic of
Optimism.” Buy your ticket today and enjoy the atmosphere, meal and entertainment. Don’t miss this opportunity to say thanks to others who have given so much! Business attire please.
Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12
• Business Sessions
These sessions are arguably the most informative aspect of the entire Optimist Convention. Here is your chance to have your voice heard by voting on issues that will shape the future of Optimism. The Business Sessions are also the best time to fnd out what is going on throughout the organization. The Closing Session will feature 2014-2015 International President Ken Garner, as he unveils his plans and goals.
• Back-to-School Workshops
These highly acclaimed training sessions alone are worth the trip. Learn from the organization’s best trainers and gain insights that will certainly help you and your Club.
July 10-12, 2014— We’re going to Vegas!
Optimist International 96th Annual Convention
Network • Learn • Collaborate • Explore • Train • Exhibits • Speakers • Fun
For more information on how to register, visit www.optimist.org/convention.