Join us every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. starting Oct. 14 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.
MAY 5: WOW! CINCO DE MAYO PARTY! Grab your margarita, chips & salsa, & sombrero and party with fellow Optimists and potential Optimists! That's right - bring a friend along!
Register in advance for this meeting (Required):
It only requires folks to register once and is set up to happen every Wednesday until September 30, 2021.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
See you Wednesday evening!
Olivia presented her winning Oratorical via Zoom. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Prior to today's contest, Olivia placed second in the club contest and won the Zone regional contest.
Lydia also presented her Oratorical by means of Zoom. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Morgan presented her winning speech via Zoom, also. She wins a $2,500 scholarship! Morgan will advance to the Middle America Regional Oratorical Contest with the potential to advance to the World Oratorical Championship Contest. Congratulations Morgan!
Here Angelia Bunch, EMO Essay Chair, presents Erin with her plaque for winning this year's Essay Contest. Erin also receives a $2,500 college scholarship!
Congratulations, and thanks to Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Mikey (and videographer mom Sandra) for this enthusiastic version of the Optimist Creed. These are our 3 boys who won our geocaching event, HUNT FOR OPTIMISM IN MOTION! that the Downtown Columbia Optimist Club held recently.
Deadline for club officers to complete LMS has been extended!
This is a friendly reminder that all Optimist leaders must complete training for their respective positions. Club Presidents, Club Secretary/Treasurers, Club Foundation Reps (CFR), and Lt. Governors, this means you! Honor status and up is just waiting for you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the LMS or need help logging in, please email LMS@optimist.org. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. If an email is sent over the weekend, expect a response on Monday.
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. There are numerous webinar videos, explanations of the various programs sponsored by Optimist International, Getting Started with Instagram, and more! You may access the LMS and registration at optimist.org
The cost for most members is only $6 and the wealth of information available is well worth it.
Each Club has 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).
Click on the links below or go to the Resources tab above to download the registration instructions.
CONGRATULATIONS to Region 4 Middle America Vice President-Elect – Lister Florence (Rolla Optimist Club)
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. Liz Christman; assist clubs with Optimist Club Goal Setting Plans
October 1- 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 23-24 1st Quarter District Conference, Comfort Suites, Rolla, MO
January 1 Clubs pay dues to OI
Happy New Year!
February 14 Happy Valentine’s Day
February 15 Clubs Form 990 due to IRS
February 26-27 2nd Quarter Conference will be totally online
February 28 Clubs Winning Essays due to District Essay Chair, Angelia Bunch
Happy St. Patrick's Day
April 1 Clubs pay dues to OI & EMO
April 4 Happy Easter
April 15 Deadline District Essay winner packages to OI
Zone Oratorical date will be announced by District Oratorical Chair Karl Tyminiski
April 30 - May 1 3rd Quarter Conference, Drury Inn and Suites, ARNOLD MO - NOTE THE NEW LOCATION in person or virtual
May 1 District Oratorical and CCDHH Contests
May 1 District Essay Contest Winner presentation
May 1 Election of Lt. Gov.-Elects and nominations for Governor-Elect 2021-2022
May 15 Deadline District Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to OI
May 20 Club Officer Elect Report and OIF Representative due to OI
June 4 Jr. Golf Qualifier Tournament at Ste. Genevieve Golf Club
June 28- July 4 OI Convention in Atlanta
July 1 Clubs pay dues to OI
July TBD OI Regional and World Oratorical Contest at St. Louis University
August 13-15 District Convention, Drury Plaza Hotel, Cape Girardeau, MO
Election Governor-Elect 2021-20212
August 30 Club Annual Registration Report due to MO Secretary of State
Deadline Club President’s Citation information to OI
Deadline Club Pride report to OI