“We are stronger when we listen,
And smarter when we share.” Rania Al-Abdullah
Hello Fellow Optimists,

With the intent of helping each of us be stronger and smarter, this quarterly newsletter will be one vehicle that the OIF uses to share pertinent information with you, Club and District Leaders. As Club Foundation Representatives, District Foundation Representatives, District Governors, OI and OIF Board members, each of you has an impact on the success of our Foundation’s fundraising efforts. It is our responsibility to share the information you need with you. We also strive to listen. If you have a great idea or a success story please send it on to us.

The requirements for DFR incentives for this year have been selected based on alignment with OI honor/distinguished requirements and Foundation goals and strategies. For this first quarter we are focusing on LMS training of DFRs, leading by example and getting CFRs assigned in Clubs. Following are the requirements for the first quarter. DFRs meeting the requirements will receive a OIF note card set and pen.

  • By December 31 all DFRs must have completed the DFR module on the OI Learning Management System (LMS). This on-line training is self-guided and will not take you long to complete. However, it holds important information for DFRs to have a successful year.
  • Lead by example – the DFR must have made a personal contribution to the OIF by December 31. As said so eloquently by Albert Schweitzer, “The three most important ways to lead people are: …by example…by example…by example.”
  • 50% of the Clubs in your District must have appointed a CFR by December 31.
As Optimist leaders, many of you may be aware that only about 8% of our members make a contribution to our Foundation. I would like to see that percentage increase exponentially. Our 50th Anniversary Dime A Day pin is very special this year. For a $50 donation, you will receive this beautiful pin featuring Jeff Hanson’s art in the background with our 50th logo in the center. I am asking that all of you share the information with your fellow Optimists and ask them to be part of the support network that helps to provide our Optimist International Youth programs, scholarships and club grants.
Thank you for all you do to..
“Help Optimist Help Kids!”


Yours in Optimism,
Jan Oord Graves, 2020-21 President
Distinguished and Outstanding DFR announcement




We would like to recognize the work of our DFR’s. The hard work and passionate effort of each of them at the District level was outstanding. 
In particular, we would like to recognize, above and beyond effort by those who made Distinguished DFR status for the 2019/20 year. 

Those individuals were:
  • Debra Davis, NYNE               
  • Gary Addison, INDN              
  • Barbara Grizzard, CAPVA          
  • Mary Boglarsky, PC               
  • Ron Benson, COWY                
  • Marcia Aurand, AZ                 
  • Janet Lloyd, IA                    
  • Mike Sherbert, SC      
  • Beverley Oaks, STX               
  • James Rehm, AMS&NW            
  • Monetta Foster, MI          
  • Ron Whitaker, OK               
  • Nancy Boyd, ALMS                
  • Ben DeRemer, PNW                             
  • Rose Marie Samuels, CAR                            
In addition, we would like to recognize the top DFR’s that reached Outstanding Level:

-         Overall Dollar Attainment – Monetta Foster, MI
-         Highest Dollar Per Member – Barbara Grizzard, CAPVA
-         Largest Total Dollar increase over previous year – Rose Marie Samuels, CAR
-         Largest Percentage increase over previous year – Ron Whitaker, OK


Our sincere congratulations to those that reached the Distinguished and Outstanding Level for the year. And our heartfelt thank you to all the DFR’s, donors and volunteers that made 2019/20 very special.
OIF 50th Anniversary Auction
Dates will be February 11 to March 11, so save the dates.

  • Jeff Hanson Original Artwork – “A Day In Holland”
  • A Myrtle Beach Experience – 7 night stay at a beautiful ocean front condo. Package includes entertainment(dinners, show tickets, etc)
  • Helzberg Diamonds Goldstone Ladies Watch with Round Black Museum Dial
  • Executive Director Extravaganza – Golf, Dinner, Hotel and much more for a weekend in St Louis with Benny Ellerbe, OI Executive Director and Craig Boring, OIF Executive Director

These items and many, many more great things. All proceeds to support the OIF efforts to fund the OI Scholarship, World Oratorical and other programs.
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