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Optimist International Convention Canceled

Additional Information

Optimist International President Adrian Elcock has announced the cancellation of the Optimist International Convention and Junior Optimist International Convention that were planned for this summer in Chicago.  This is, of course, due to the Covid-19 virus and keeping everyone safe is of primary importance.

He has also indicated that the World Oratorical Contest will not be held in person in St. Louis this summer.  He stated that the contest may be held in a re-iMagined form.

Further, the Optimist Junior Golf Championships will not be held in Miami this summer as originally scheduled.  Additionally, he has suggested that all Optimist gatherings be canceled.

Please see his remarks on YouTube at  

President Elcock urges everyone to maintain an optimist attitude!


EMO District Junior Golf Tournament Canceled

Additional Information

Since the Junior Golf Championships originally scheduled to be held at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami this July have been canceled, EMO District Governor Mike Boles and District Junior Golf Chair Joe Hatfield have decided to cancel our District Junior Golf Tournament.  This is in conformance with Optimist International President Adrian Elcock's suggestion.

We remain optimistic that the tournament will return next year.

3rd Quarter Conference Has Been Canceled

Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to cancel our 3rd Quarter District Conference due to Coronavirus concerns.  The Oratorical Contest will be held in a modified manner as allowed by the Optimist International rules.  Lieutenant Governor elections should happen at each Zone meeting, which may be held electronically via Zoom or Skype or a similar manner.  The Zone meetings should be held prior to May 2.

New Facebook Live Speaker Series!

Appealing & Timely Topics

 The concept is that about once a month we will have a key member of our EMO District go "Live" on the East Missouri Facebook page. They will lead a discussion on specified topics with the goal of informing and providing a Q & A platform that will help our members.  

Dates for future Facebook Live Speakers are May 20, June 17, July 15, and September 16.  All events start at 7:00 p.m.


East Missouri District of Optimist International

EMO 2019-2020 Calendar

 October 2019

 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 2019

November 28, 2019 Happy Thanksgiving 

December 2019

Happy Holidays 

January 2020

January 1, 2020 Clubs pay dues to OI

Happy New Year! 

February 2020

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 2020 

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 

Deadline District Essay winner packages to OI 

May 2020

May 1-2, 2020 3rd Quarter District Conference, Drury Inn & Suites Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 

District Oratorical and CCDHH Contests 

District Essay Contest Winner presentation 

Election of Lt. Gov.-Elects and nominations for Governor-Elect 2020-2021 

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 

June 2020

June 3, 2020  District Jr. Golf Tournament at Ste. Genevieve Golf Club, Ste. Genevieve, MO

June 21-22, 2020 OI Regional and World Oratorical Contests at Saint Louis University 

June 28- July 1, 2020 Optimist International Convention, Schaumburg, IL 

July 2020

July 1, 2020 Clubs pay dues to OI

August 2020

August 14-16, 2020 District Convention, Drury Hotel Cape Girardeau Conference Center, Cape Girardeau, MO 

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 2020

September 30, 2020 Deadline Club Pride Report to OI