June – Optimism... Message of Resiliency
Our hearts are all saddened for the people of Ukraine - over 10,000,000 people are being driven from their homes.
Our hearts are saddened for the families of those lives lost in the recent shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. 
Families and communities all over our world are torn apart. Our hearts are saddened, outraged, and confused.
We want to reach out; we want to help. How can we possibly make a difference in today's challenging world? I wish those answers would be easy ones. No words can comprehend or heal these losses. So, we send our prayers and our thoughts for comfort.
What I do know, In spite of all the heartache, is there is still a lot of goodness in this world. We are a resilient people, and as Optimists - we love changing lives and we are continuing to do so, every day.
·      West Missouri Optimists developing a plan to help fill a ship destined for
Ukraine with medicine;
·      Prior Lake Junior Optimist club raised $13,000 for Ukraine relief;
·      Blood drives, food drives in both Buffalo and Uvalde;
·      Ramadan Iftar party- hosted by the Hand in Hand Club of the Optimist with
children presenting prizes, stories and sweets;
·      Optimist Club of St. Louis granting a total of $82,500.00 to nine local
organizations within the St. Louis community who are working towards
improving the lives of the youth and community;
·      Clothing, school supplies and fundraising in communities destroyed by
recent tornadoes;
·      Youth & Teacher appreciation programs all over our globe-Just to name a
We are genuinely healing the world through optimism, each of us going one degree more in service to others. Whether it’s handing out a certificate or donating big dollars….it’s about being present for those that need us most.
Optimism - it's our platform to make people feel hopeful, happy and life changing. I encourage you all to join hands in unison across our globe and remain present in your community.  Work directly with community partners, leaders & experts in law enforcement, education, and mental health - in collaboration to improve your communities.
Optimists, we are resilient people who help children and communities cope in the face of challenges every day.  It is a gift that will keep on giving, assisting others in overcoming challenges throughout life, and opening up to accepting new opportunities.  This is our commitment and our mission. To provide hope and a positive vision, OPTIMISTS bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.
Love your kids, your family, friends & neighbors. Love each other everyday!
I’m incredibly proud of each of our members! You are changing lives worldwide – one baby step at time.    Thank you for Being an Optimist!
 #OptimistInternational #BeAnOptimist #212OneDegreeMore
Important Days coming up:
First Gentleman, Ken and I wish you an amazing June, and we THANK YOU for BEING AN OPTIMIST!
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