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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
Deadline District Essay winner packages to OI
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 21-22, 2020 OI Regional and World Oratorical Contests at Saint Louis University
June 28- July 1, 2020 Optimist International Convention, Schaumburg, IL
July 1, 2020 Clubs pay dues to OI
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 30, 2020 Deadline Club Pride Report to OI