Weekly Update for May 14, 2007

FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBER
The Optimist International Foundation election results are in. Optimist Gary Addison of Muncie, Indiana, will serve on the Optimist International Foundation Board of Directors beginning October 1, 2007.


The Foundation thanks all those who cast a ballot for participating in the election process!

A NEW PROGRAMS RESOURCE
Has your Club been looking for a new activity to work with the youth in your community? Package programs are designed to make running a new program easy.

Package programs include all the materials your Club will need to run a program. You will find job responsibilities broken down by position, a project timeline, sample letters and press releases to send before and after the event. The materials are intended to be used as suggestions and should be modified to fit your Club.

This new resource can be found on the Optimist website at www.optimist.org. There are packages available for running an Essay Contest, a Youth Safety poster contest and a raffle fundraiser. Get started with a new program today!

CLUB OFFICER-ELECT REPORTS ARE DUE
If your Club has not yet turned in its Club Officer-Elect Report, now is the time to submit the officer names for 2007-2008. Reports are due to Optimist International by May 20. The organization needs the names of the President, Secretary and Treasurer to ensure that these officers have what they need when they start their year on October 1, 2007.

The Club Officer-Elect Report can be filled out online by the current Club President, Secretary or Treasurer by going to www.optimistleaders.org and logging on. After your Club’s information appears on the screen, click on Reports on the right side of the page and look for the Club Officer-Elect Report. Forms can also be printed off, filled out manually and then mailed or faxed to the International Office. This form can be found on the Optimist website by going to www.optimist.org, looking under “Members” and clicking on “Forms and Publications.” On the next screen, look under “Member and Club Administration” for the form.

For information, please e-mail membership@optimist.org or call (800) 500-8130.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Sir Francis Bacon