District Oratorical Contest Live on ZOOM

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m.

You are invited to watch the contest live on ZOOM!  Getting registered for this event IS required and only verified users will be able to attend for security purposes. So anyone wanting to watch the contest will have to have a Zoom account.  The free version is all that will be necessary to register.   (Not sure how to get Zoom?  Send us a message using the Contact Us tab. Be sure to include your club name.)

Register in advance for this meeting (REQUIRED):

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


President Adrian Elcock Announces OI Virtual Convention!


**Gov. Mike Boles Announcement!**

Our District will pay the registration fee for all East Missouri District Optimists who want to attend the Virtual OI Convention!  Want to find out how? Send us a request using the Contact Us form and we will share the specifics with you.  Be sure to include your club name when submitting your request.

You Better Stay Home Now

Check out this great video

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 June 17, July 15, and September 16.  All events start at 7:00 p.m. Note the May 20th date has been canceled.


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 NOTE: this may now be changed

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 CANCELED

District Oratorical and CCDHH Contests NOTE: this will be by video conference only 

District Essay Contest Winner presentation  NOTE: in person award canceled

Election of Lt. Gov.-Elects and nominations for Governor-Elect 2020-2021 NOTE: by video conference only

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. NOTE: Gov. Boles would like these filed by July 1

June 2020

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

June 21-22, 2020 OI Regional and World Oratorical Contests at Saint Louis University NOTE: by video conference only

June 28- July 1, 2020 Optimist International Convention is now a virtual convention June 27-28

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