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White Paper Summit

July 3, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio

A White Paper Summit was held at the 95th Optimist International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. The summit was an opportunity to hear from several of the most successful and unique Clubs in our organization as they shared their strategies and insights on remaining successful in serving the needs of children in their communities.

The event involved a presentation by each Club's representative, in addition to a moderated discussion period. An example of a question that was answered was "what is a successful Club?" The panelists shared how their Clubs have built upon years of experience to harness their Optimism to more significantly impact their communities.

Clubs and Representatives in Attendance

Club District Representative Position
Santa Claus, IN Indiana South Ron Fuhrman Past Governor
Hopewell, VA Capital-Virginia John Loshkeff Past Governor
Centerville-Noon, OH Ohio Joe Madden Past Governor
Stephenville, TX North Texas Doug McLemore Past Club President
Tucson Pueblo, AZ Arizona Esthermarie Hillman Past International Vice President
West Branch, MI Michigan Richard Bloom Past International Vice President
Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand, SC South Carolina John Grover Club President
Arlington, TX North Texas Zina Lawrence Club Membership Secretary
Norwich, ON Midwestern Ontario Laura Barker Past Club President

Annual Fundraising/Income Estimates

  • Santa Claus -- $30,000
  • Hopewell -- $45,000
  • Centerville -- $60,000-$80,000
  • Stephenville -- $55,000
  • Tucson Pueblo -- $65,000-$100,000
  • West Branch -- $18,000-$20,000
  • Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand -- $22,000
  • Arlington -- $300,000
  • Norwich -- $20,000


The nine presenting Optimist Clubs at the White Paper Summit shared certain characteristics.

  • 8 of 9 produce regular newsletters
  • 4 of 9 run a NOW or growth program
  • 6 of 9 plan something fun at each meeting
  • 5 of 9 hold a fine session at each meeting
  • 7 of 9 bring in guest speakers to their meetings
  • 5 of 9 actively participate in the PGI program
  • 3 of 9 have some form of a retention program in place
  • 4 of 9 have some form of a mentorship program in place
  • 8 of 9 have never had a repeat President
  • 1 of 9 own their own property
  • 1 of 9 is classified as a 501C3

Meeting Schedules

  • 1 of 9 meet once a month
  • 2 of 9 meet twice a month
  • 5 of 9 meet weekly
  • 2 of 9 meet in the morning
  • 3 of 9 meet in the afternoon
  • 4 of 9 meet in the evening

Club White Paper Reports

These Clubs submitted the following information about their Clubs:

Arlington, TX

Barbados Bridgetown

Centerville-Noon, OH

Colorado Springs-Academy, CO

Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand, SC

Santa Claus, IN

Sawnee-Cumming, GA

Stephenville, TX