October 23-24, Comfort Suites, Rolla
Ready, set, attend!
1. Call Comfort Suites 573-368-4300 by OCT. 1 to reserve your room
2. Register for the conference by OCT. 1 for early bird fee of only $60. Send check or register online (scroll down)
Please note that all suggested Covid-19 guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing, individually packaged food, etc. will be observed. Hotel guests will receive complimentary continental breakfast (no hot food or proteins).
Join us every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. starting August 19 for casual conversation usually centered around a topic, but not limited to that topic. Since this is a live Zoom meeting, you will be able to chime right in. Take some time to chat with your fellow Optimists, share ideas, and even brag about events and service projects.
Register in advance for this meeting (Required):
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
See you Wednesday evenings!
President-Elect Patsy Garner spoke a few words of encouragement for both EMO Governor-Designate Liz Christman (at the podium) and for our District as a whole!
Here Tracy Huxley is addressing those assembled just prior to installing the District officers. Current EMO Governor, Mike Boles, is at the podium
The event was hosted by Mary Thurmond Hatfield, EMO Immediate Past Governor. Attendees included Michael B. Boles, current EMO Governor, Barrett Glascock, EMO Past Governor, Dan Rothe, EMO Pat Governor, Eric N. Pahl, EMO Past Governor, Helen B. Niemira, EMO Past Governor, Lister Florence, EMO Past governor and Middle America Region Vice President-Elect, John Strickland, EMO Past Governor, Tracy Huxley. Regiona Vice President, and OI President-Elect Patsy Garner!
Attendees included not only those physically present, but also Lister Florence, Past EMO Governor and future Mid America Regional VP, Rick McKernan, Phyllis Neff, John Strickland, Jennifer Bagwell from the OI office staff, and many others!
You Can Now Use the LMS, Plus Free Access for Club Officers
Dear Optimist International Leader,
The launch of the new Learning Management System was a big step forward for Optimist International to improve the way we provide training materials to Clubs. In the weeks since the launch, we have shared your comments with President Adrian Elcock. He wants you to know that we appreciate your positive response. Based on your feedback we have re-iMagined our roll-out plan.
Many Clubs shared that they would prefer individual accounts rather than a shared Club account. We are now giving each Club four FREE licenses to the system. These licenses are reserved for the Club President, Club President-Elect, Club Secretary Treasurer, and Club Foundation Representative (this will be updated every year for the new person in each role). When your Club signs up for the new license, we will remove permission for the current generic Club account.
In addition, we are pleased to announce we will also offer all Optimist members a chance to purchase a license for $6 USD per year per member. If your Club would like to pay for members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With everyone having the opportunity to be in the system, we will be able to track each member’s progress as they complete courses. Past officers will have the option to renew their account each year for the same fee.
Please see the attached documents with instructions on how to log in for the free membership and how members can register. Please note that promo codes are located at the bottom.
Click on the links below or go to the Resources tab above to download the registration instructions.
If you were not able to attend the OI Virtual Convention - well now you can! Registration is open until September 30. Just click on the button below.
Note that the complimentary registration for EMO District members has ended.
CONGRATULATIONS to Region 4 Middle America Vice President-Elect – Lister Florence (Rolla Optimist Club)
Check out this great video
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.
Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.
Lt. Gov. plan your Zone meetings for the year and send dates to Gov. Michael Boles; assist clubs with Optimist Club Goal Setting Plans
October 1, 2019-Clubs pay dues to OI and EMO Clubs send your required club chair registrations to OI & OIF
REEL Optimism dates to be determined by OI
October 25-26, 2019 1 st Quarter District Conference, Drury Inn Suites, Arnold, MO.
District ‘Trunk or Treat” to kick off.
November 28, 2019 Happy Thanksgiving
January 1, 2020 Clubs pay dues to OI
Happy New Year!
February 7, 2020 Deadline Clubs send Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to Zone Chair
February 14, 2020 Happy Valentine’s Day
February 15, 2020 Clubs Form 990 due to IRS
February 21-22, 2020 2nd Quarter Conference, Drury Inn Plaza Hotel Columbia East, Columbia, MO.
February 28, 2020 Clubs Winning Essays due to District Essay Chair, Angelia Bunch
April 1, 2020 Clubs pay dues to OI & EMO
April 12, 2020 Happy Easter
April 13, 2020 Deadline Zone Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to District Chairs Karl Tyminski and Lauren Dell NOTE: this may now be changed
Deadline District Essay winner packages to OI
May 1-2, 2020 3rd Quarter District Conference, Drury Inn & Suites Forest Park, St. Louis, MO CANCELED
District Oratorical and CCDHH Contests NOTE: this will be by video conference only
District Essay Contest Winner presentation NOTE: in person award canceled
Election of Lt. Gov.-Elects and nominations for Governor-Elect 2020-2021 NOTE: by video conference only
May 15, 2020 Deadline District Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to OI
May 20, 2020 Club Officer Elect Report and OIF Representative due to OI. NOTE: Gov. Boles would like these filed by July 1
June 3, 2020 District Jr. Golf Tournament at Ste. Genevieve Golf Club, Ste. Genevieve, MO CANCELED
June 21-22, 2020 OI Regional and World Oratorical Contests at Saint Louis University NOTE: Rescheduled to July 16-17 by video conference only
June 28- July 1, 2020 Optimist International Convention is now a virtual convention June 27-28
July 1, 2020 Clubs pay dues to OI
August 14-16, 2020 District Convention, Drury Hotel Cape Girardeau Conference Center, Cape Girardeau, MO mostly CANCELLED Only club officer-elects & Lt. Govs. will attend for training in Arnold. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors will meet virtually. See additional information at the start of this page.
Election Governor-Elect 2020-2021
Club Scrapbook Contest
August 31, 2020 Club Annual Registration Report due to MO Secretary of State
Deadline Club President’s Citation information to OI
September 30, 2020 Deadline Club Pride Report to OI