October 11, 2010
Register early and get one job out of the way!

The 2011 Convention registration form is now available. If you want to get your plans set early, now is your chance. To download a registration form, please click here. If you have your heart set on registering online, that option will be available soon! We'll see you in Baltimore July 3-5!


Form deadline for U.S. Clubs

All U.S. Clubs that have gross receipts of less than $25,000 annually must file a Form 990-N with the US government. For those that have not been filing this form, the form is due by October 15, 2010*. You can file online and the process is quick and easy.

To get started, please click here.

Then look for the "How to File" box about halfway down the screen. Please have your Tax ID number handy.

If you do not file this form by October 15 (this Friday), you will lose your tax-exempt status. Reinstating the status will cost $400. Please file as soon as you can!

*The October 15 deadline is only for Clubs that have failed to file the form for three consecutive years. For Clubs that have been complying, the filing deadline is February 15, 2011. This is for U.S. Clubs only.

For questions, please call Connie Pellock at 800-500-8130, ext. 202, or e-mail connie.pellock@optimist.org
Let's hear about the big fall event!

If you were at this weekend’s Parallel District Conference in Branson, Optimist International hopes you found it to be a “star-studded” event!

If you’re headed to the PDC in Asheville, North Carolina, this coming weekend, don’t forget to take notes and pictures so Optimists back home can see just what it was all about.

Feel free to send great stories and photos to communications@optimist.org. They may be used in future issues of the magazine, newsletters and e-mails.

If these two PDCs don’t fit into your schedule, don’t worry – there are five more after this! To see the schedule and read all about each event, visit www.optimist.org/pdc.

What a deal!

Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile, special deals are available for Optimists heading to the 2011 Convention. For more information, just click here.



Final count: 94 New Clubs!

Optimist International finished the year with 94 New Clubs! Here are the latest Optimist Clubs to join the ranks:




Optimist Club of Historic Preston, Ontario
Middleton Area Optimist Club of Idaho
Berks Lehigh Optimist Bicycling Club of Pennsylvania
Optimist Club of Constant Spring, Jamaica
Every Second Counts Optimist Club of Waterford, Michigan
Lucas County Optimist Club of Iowa
Southeast Polk Optimist Club of Iowa
Club Optimiste Egan Sud 2010, Quebec

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Oracle Optimist Club of Arizona
Carter Optimist Club of Tennessee
Optimist Club of Southwest Omaha, Nebraska
Greene County Optimist Club of Ohio
Optimist Club of Tuskegee University, Alabama
Sam Houston State University Optimist Club, Texas
DX Community Optimist Club of Detroit, Michigan
Allen County Optimist Club of Ohio
Globe University Optimist Club of South Dakota
SWBJAA Optimist Club of Miramar, Florida
Lake Orion Area Optimist Club of Michigan
Optimist Club of Columbus, Mississippi
Southern Wake Optimist Club of North Carolina
Club Optimiste St-Hubert-Payer, Quebec
Optimist Club of Central Clarendon, Jamaica

Congratulations and welcome to all!
Form deadline for U.S. Clubs

All U.S. Clubs that have gross receipts of less than $25,000 annually must file a Form 990-N with the US government. For those that have not been filing this form, the form is due by October 15, 2010*. You can file online and the process is quick and easy.

To get started, please click here.

Then look for the "How to File" box about halfway down the screen. Please have your Tax ID number handy.

JOOI Kids


If you do not file this form by October 15 (this Friday), you will lose your tax-exempt status. Reinstating the status will cost $400. Please file as soon as you can!

*The October 15 deadline is only for Clubs that have failed to file the form for three consecutive years. For Clubs that have been complying, the filing deadline is February 15, 2011. This is for U.S. Clubs only.

For questions, please call Connie Pellock at 800-500-8130, ext. 202, or e-mail connie.pellock@optimist.org