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Winter 2014 • 9 8 • The Optimist

Optimist International Foundation (OIF) is “helping Optimists help kids” by starting the year off with freworks. The Club Grant Program provides 20 matching grants of $500 to Optimist Clubs for new projects.

In the 2012 - 2013 year, 426 Optimists helped over 43,500 children and raised $19,650, in addition to the $10,000 given by the Foundation. The Optimist Club of Hubbard, Ohio supplied winter coats for frst grade students and the Dignifed Residents of Chula Vista Optimist Club in California prepared communication boards for students with autism. Members of the Olathe Evening Optimists, Inc. of Kansas taught students language development skills through writing and the Optimist Club of Jennings, Inc. in Louisiana educated high school students on driver awareness. Sixteen additional Clubs received grants to start new projects that impacted their community.

Any Adult Club served by OIF is eligible to apply as long as they meet the following guidelines:

• The project must be new to the Club.

• The project must start and fnish between April 2014 and March 2015.

• Grants to Clubs will be matching grants, with Clubs expected to show plans for matching the money and reporting the results. Clubs will complete follow-up reports. • Grants are only for one year. • Club dues must be current.

• Clubs might consider using the Pass Through Program to obtain donations from local businesses and foundations.

Important Dates to Remember:

January 2

Applications available online and by request.

March 7

Applications must have been received in the St. Louis offce, 4494 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Do not send applications to the Foundation’s P.O. Box.

May 16

Winners are notifed and asked to identify someone to receive a check at the International Convention.

#1 Training, training... and more training!

• Th i s i s an oppor t un i t y f or Di s t r i c t and Cl ub Of f i cer s t o a t t end l eader sh i p semi na r s , wh i ch a r e a l l i nc l uded i n the cos t o f r eg i s t r a t i on . Workshops wi l l be conduc t ed on a va r i e t y o f t op i cs t o educa t e you on many a r eas o f i n t er es t wi th i n the organ i za t i on and pr ov i de the chance f or per sona l deve l opmen t .

#2 Optimist camaraderie

• Th i s yea r ’ s In t er na t i ona l Conven t i on wi l l o f f er a gr ea t oppor t un i t y t o ne twork and mee t hundr eds o f dea r f r i ends who a l l sha r e the same v i s i on , mak i ng th i s wor l d a be t t er p l ace f or ch i l dr en by “br i ng i ng ou t the bes t i n k i ds . ”

#3 It’s Vegas!

• The 3 - day con f er ence schedu l e a l l ows t ime f or you t o come ea r l y or s t ay a f t er t o exper i ence the abundan t en t er t a i nmen t th i s exc i t i ng c i t y has t o o f f er !

#4 Prepare

• Cl ub o f f i cer s bene f i t by l ea r n i ng how t o pr epa r e budge t s , appo i n t commi t t ees and f i l e r epor t s on t ime . Lea r n mor e abou t the l i t t l e th i ngs tha t wi l l he l p make the yea r a success f u l one f or your Cl ub or Di s t r i c t .

#5 Expand your horizons

• Re f r esh your Op t imi s t supp l i es and l ea r n new f undr a i s i ng and pr o j ec t i deas ! Th i s wi l l g i ve you the chance t o br a i ns t orm and pr ac t i ce t eamwork wi th your f e l l ow Op t imi s t s . You a r e sur e t o hea r a wi de va r i e t y o f new and un i que i deas t o sha r e wi th your Cl ub .

TOP 5 REASONS

to attend the 2014 Las Vegas

Convention

If you have any questions or concerns about the International Convention, contact the Meeting Services department at 800-500-8130 or convention@optimist.org.

Serve more children

- With a Foundation Grant -

The beginning of the 2013-2014 Optimist year marks a new grant cycle. Any eligible Optimist Club that has a new project or event should apply by visiting OIF’s website at www.oifoundation.org/programs.

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