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EMO Second Quarter Conference!

Calling all Optimists and Guests!

Are you ready for our next awesome meeting?  It's gonna knock your socks off!

Speaking of socks, grab a new pair or lots of new pairs to donate to a Columbia area homeless shelter.

Jim Boyd from Optimist International will be joining us.  He is a great speaker!  With the voice of a radio announcer, he will keep us hanging on every word!

Just a couple of important items... 

Be sure to reserve your hotel room by TUESDAY, JANUARY 21! You can download and print the Call Letter below for details.

Also please note that early bird conference registration ends February 14!

Let's put on our sleuthing caps for  a fun murder mystery game!  And finally, we'll be encouraged to take selfies!

Register for the Conference Online!

Scroll on down a bit, just below the area for downloading the full Call Letter, and you will see the section for online registration!

Download the full 2nd Quarter Conference Call Letter here

The Call Letter has all of the details for the conference, including hotel phone number and group block number.  You'll also find the schedule for the conference which starts with check in as early as 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/21 and the Executive Committee meeting (everyone is invited) at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Who Done It? game.  Saturday's events start at 8:00 a.m. with the Board of Director's meeting (everyone is invited).

EMO Call Letter 2nd Q Feb 2020 pdf (pdf)


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.  

Joe Hatfield will be speaking on the topic of Tee It Up! Getting Involved with the Jr. Golf Program! on March 4, 2020!


So head on over to our Facebook page by clicking the link at the bottom of this page on 3/4/20 at 7 p.m. to participate in this interactive event!

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


Scholarships and Programs

For a description of some of the programs and scholarship contest opportunities we offer for children, click the download button below.

2019-2020 Scholarships & Programs Flyer (pdf)


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 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