August 2020
Meet our Oratorical Winner!

Congratulations to Jaylon Muchison, our 2020 Optimist International Oratorical World Champion! Because Jaylon is lives near the Optimist International headquarters, we were able to welcome him and his family for a socially distanced award presentation. 

As winner of the international competition, Jaylon will receive a $15,000 scholarship, in addition to $5,000 as winner of the Regional competition and $2,500 for winning the Illinois District contest. He is a resident of Swansea, Illinois, and will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He plans to major in both acting and communications. Watch his winning speech here.
Congratulations to the these Regional Champions:

OI's COVID-19 Guidance for District Conventions

Optimist International By-Laws require Districts to hold an Annual Convention between August 1 and September 30 each year, unless they petition for a Special Convention. With varying local regulations and confusion over safe practices for social gatherings, Optimist International provides the following guidance for 2020 District Conventions.

  • Virtual Conventions meet the By-Law requirements, and electronic voting is allowed. Districts will determine voting methodology.
  • In-person Conventions must abide by all local government and health department regulations.
  • Regardless of local regulations, Optimist International requires masks be worn at all times, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Regardless of local regulations, Optimist International requires six-foot physical distancing for people not from the same household. Meeting rooms should be set up with this in mind, and it is recommended hospitality sessions be held outdoors when possible.
  • Districts that wish to postpone District Conventions until after October 1 must petition the Optimist Board of Directors and provide the required notification to the District membership 20 days in advance of the new date when a special convention is approved.  
  • Safety of our members is the highest priority. Common sense should always prevail amid changing local conditions.  
iMagine New Presidential Incentives

We unveiled new Presidential Incentives in June. These 9 new programs include recognition for being a foundation influencer, participating in new service activities, and the re-iMagining Support incentive for Clubs that have developed projects related to COVID-19, or adapted existing projects to address COVID-19.

View these incentives at
Fly Your Optimist Flag

Optimist International is introducing a new way to celebrate the start of the Optimist Year. On October 1, Optimist Clubs around the world are encouraged to work with a local government organization to fly the Optimist Flag at a municipal building or similar facility.

If you don't have a flag, use one of our official suppliers to order.
It’s not too early to get ready for Atlanta

Did you love Virtual Convention? Do you miss your Optimist friends? Join us in Atlanta for the 103rd Optimist International Convention, June 30-July 3, 2021. Registration will open in October, however, get a head start by reserving your hotel room now. The group code is G-OPTI.
Honor Clubs are stronger Clubs

Believe it or not, the end of the Optimist year is almost here. This is a good time for all Clubs to set their sights on the end-of-year goal of becoming an Honor Club. Becoming an Honor Club helps your Club to remain strong, which will allow you to offer more services to children in your community. This distinction shows that you, as Club Officers, left your Club in a better place than when you took it over. 

August Webinar: How to Start Your PGI Journey

This Optimist-tailored program allows Members to Make a Difference in themselves and their Clubs. The Professional Growth and Involvement Program is designed for Members to foster personal growth and to meet organizational goals. This webinar will help to promote, explain and encourage members to participate in the attainment of various levels of accomplish in the PGI Program. We will talk about how to start in the Personal Growth and Involvement Program, how to complete progressive levels and what to do next. 

7 p.m., Central Time, August 17. Register here.
Online Officer Registration

Optimist Clubs can register their 2020-21 officers online. A current officer must login to and click on “Reports”. Scroll down, and on the right side of the screen, you will see “Club Officer Elect Report,” and click on “Report”. You will be able to select the names of the Club Members who will be filling the leadership roles during the Optimist 2020-21 year. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Charlotte Baker at Member Services at .
Golf will go on

The Optimist Junior Golf Tour will continue October 17-18, at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colorado. Optimist International’s Social Distancing Guidelines will be in effect for this event. Visit our Optimist Junior Golf page for more information and to register. 
Officers-Elect can get a headstart on Training

Our new Learning Management System offers training for Club Presidents Elect, Secretaries and Treasurers Elect and Lieutenant Governors. In addition, non-officer Members can enroll in training for $6 per year. 

Register at
Support the Foundation to be an Honor Club

Would your Club like to be an Honor Club? The only way this can happen is if your Club nominates a Club Foundation Representative and donates to the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation. 
Last year alone, the CCOF remitted $71,000 in scholarships to young Canadians, in addition to offering grants for community or health-related Club projects and providing receipts for tax purposes to donors of the Outsourcing projects. 

Help the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation in going the extra mile for children and youth. Make a club donation.

For more information, visit
Optimists Make Coffee Better

In this age of social distancing, the Optimist Coffee Cafe helps to bring us together. Sign up for one of these free, casual online conversations with other Optimists. Pour yourself some coffee, tea, lemonade, water or whatever you like and join us!

Global Spotlight

Optimist International has arrived in two new countries. Can you guess what they are?

Official Optimist International Suppliers

United States and the Caribbean:
Ansell's Awards and Specialties

Members outside of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean may order from either vendor.
Contact the International Board of Directors 

If you have comments, concerns or suggestions for the International Board of Directors, please send to