Our 3rd Quarter Conference will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, May 5-6, 2023. Members may reserve guest rooms at the discounted rate of $99 + tax (up to two people in room at this rate). Rate includes breakfast for up to 2 and free parking. Members attending conference but not staying at the Hilton will also have free parking. The deadline for this discounted rate is April 14, 2023.
You can book by phone at the main hotel number 314.426.5500 and ask for East MO Optimist block. The online hotel guest room reservation link is East Missouri Optimist Club.
The following documents are the Registration Form, the Conference Agenda, and a flyer about our new Lottery Ticket Tree raffle.
We are offering different options for registering and paying for the conference.
1. You may print the registration from and mail it in.
2. Scroll on down and you'll find the place to register online.
Then, no matter which way you register, you have the following options to pay:
Venmo @EMOofOI; send in a check; or credit card/PayPal (scroll down for this button).
Be inspired by the Optimism radiating from the Oratorical contestants!
Cheryl Brenn, Optimist International Executive Director, spoke highlighting the comradery we enjoy as Optimist members and how that is important as we execute our service projects. Mary Hatfield led a discussion regarding the importance of proper branding for our clubs. We also provided the Veterans Food Pantry with requested baby diapers and toiletries.
Jean Naeger announced the following Achievements & Awards winners for 1st Quarter:
Bronze Level = 250 – 499pts (per Qtr): Fayette and Columbia Downtown
Silver Level = 500 – 749pts (per Qtr): Kids First and St. Louis
Gold Level = 750 – 999pts (per Qtr): Washington
Platinum Level = 1000+pts (per Qtr): Twin City Area Optimist Club; Rolla; Jackson Noon
The Twin City, Rolla, and Jackson Noon clubs each get 2 free registrations for non-officers to our 3rd Quarter Conference!
Additionally, a drawing was held and the Washington and St. Louis clubs each won another free registration to our next conference!
Aaron Bean spoke with us Friday evening. He captivated us with his retelling of a dangerous, stormy, night time, at sea rescue. He was part of a Coast Guard team sent to rescue crew members from a stranded ship. It was evident that he was cool under immense pressure and he compartmentalized death to focus on survival. His story became the book "On the Edge of Survival"
Mr. Bean was later diagnosed with PTSD and was paired with his gentle service dog, Ellie. He obtained Ellie through Retrieving Freedom.
Phyllis Neff, Governor-Elect, conducted a leadership class for these Optimist members.
Joe Hatfield, Jr. Golf Chair, spoke with last year's Jr. Golf Tournament winner Matthew Politte, who was able to join from college via Zoom. Matthew said he really enjoyed competing in our golf event and that it did help prepare him for playing in college.
Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people. Our primary focuses are training dogs to serve the needs of Veterans and children with Autism. We breed and train chosen dogs that exhibit specific traits necessary to perform tasks to help these individuals, and we believe in matching the dog to the recipient.
Our training program isn’t designed to train each dog to follow a certain program. Instead, dogs are trained to meet the needs of their specific recipient. The dogs go through more than two years of training to meet our strict standards for a successful placement.
Our inaugural 50/50 contest donor names were added to the wheel and shuffled.
The wheel was spun and a random name was selected!
Coming direct to your inboxes! We are evolving and new methods of sharing information are on the way! Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your contacts so you will easily see various emails and newsletters from our district leadership! Yes, every member will be receiving things such as call letters for our conferences!
Welcoming the New Year
CONGRATULATIONS to Region 4 Middle America Vice President – Elect Mike Boles from EMO's own Arnold-Imperial Optimist Club!
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.
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.
October 1- Clubs pay dues to OI and EMO
Clubs send your required club chair registrations
October 28-29 1st Quarter District Conference, Courtyard by Marriott, Columbia
January 1 Clubs pay dues to OI
Happy New Year!
February __ Deadline Clubs send Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to Zone Chairs
February 14 Happy Valentine’s Day
February 15 Clubs Form 990 due to IRS
February 24-25 2nd Quarter District Conference, Hilton STL Airport, St. Louis
February ___ Clubs Winning Essays due to District Essay Chair
Happy St. Patrick's Day
April 1 Clubs pay dues to OI & EMO
April __ Deadline District Essay winner packages to OI
Deadline Zone Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to District Chairs
May 5-6 3rd Quarter District Conference, Hilton STL Airport, St. Louis
District Oratorical and CCDHH Contests
District Essay Contest Winner presentation
Election of Lt. Gov.-Elects and nominations for Governor-Elect 2023-2024
May 15 Deadline District Oratorical and CCDHH winner packages to OI
May 20 Club Officer Elect Report and OIF Representative due to OI
June 9 EMO Jr. Golf Qualifying Tournament
July 1 Clubs pay dues to OI
July 2-5 OI Convention, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA
July TBD OI Regional and World Oratorical Contest at St. Louis University
August 18-20 EMO District Convention, Hilton STL Airport, St. Louis
Election Governor-Elect 2023-2024
Club Scrapbook Contest
August 31 Club Annual Registration Report due to MO Secretary of State
Deadline Club President’s Citation information to OI
September 30 Deadline Club Pride report to OI