Watch Notes from Nick!

Notes from Nick are weekly video messages from 2017-18 International President Nick Prillaman. Every Wednesday, a new Notes From Nick will be uploaded to our YouTube channel , social media accounts, and website
Optimist International Oratorical World Championships 

The Optimist International Oratorical World Championships is this Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 at Saint Louis University Center of Global Citizenship in St. Louis, Missouri. Speaking order for Regions will be determined and announced on Wednesday, June 27.

Stream the event and view the schedule at .
International Elections

The results are in - congratulations to our newly elected International officers! Thank you to all candidates and Clubs for participating in the 2018 International Officer Elections.

Adrian Elcock, 2019-20 International President

Sandy Cyphers & Sandy Larivee, 2018-2021 Board of Directors

2019-2020 International Vice Presidents:
Region 1 Northeast & Great Lakes – Teri Davis, NYNE
Region 2 Southeast – Russell Thomas, GATE
Region 3 Mid-Atlantic – David Bowman, MDSD
Region 4 Middle America – Dwight Pollard, EMO
Region 5 Great Plains – Lyle Merriam, AMS&NW
Region 6 Southwest – Don Crall, OK
Region 7 West Coast – Mike Padilla, PSE
Region 8 St. Lawrence – Nathalie Boulet, QW
Optimists in Action Month

Thank you to all Optimist Members and Clubs for participating in Optimists in Action month! Send in your Club’s project details and photos to Optimist International to be featured in a future issue of The Optimist magazine! Stories can be sent via email to Mark your calendars for May 2019 for Optimists in Action month!
Graduating Seniors Incentive
Optimist International is continuing with the incentive of a free one-year membership for all graduating Junior Optimist Members that join an adult or college Club! This is a great opportunity to network and continue with their Optimist roots. Contact  for more information.
2018 Ottawa Convention

Thank you to those that have registered for the 100th Optimist International Convention in Ottawa! We will see you in just a few short weeks. If you have not registered yet, there is still time. Click here for the registration form, up-to-date schedule of events, proposed bylaws amendments, what to see and do in Ottawa, look who is registered, sign up for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Boat rides and Canal cruises, among other details.
For information on the 2018 Junior Optimist Convention, visit !
Service Project
The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is a multi-service organization supporting at-risk youth throughout Ottawa. Since 1960, YSB has been honored to work with young people aged 12 to 24 to help them meet their physical, emotional and psychological needs. YSB is sincerely grateful to be receiving the support of the delegates of the 100th Annual Optimist International Convention in Ottawa. Your support will directly benefit young people in our programs. Delegates are encouraged to donate new casual/sport socks (unisex) or new pillowcases (standard size, any color) and drop them off at the YSB booth located in the Community Involvement Expo at the convention at the Shaw Centre in Canada Hall 2 on the 3rd Level.
Live from Ottawa
All the action at the 2018 International Convention will be streamed live. The Board of Directors meeting, the Opening Ceremonies, and the Business sessions will be streaming live on the Optimist channel at .
Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to distribute registration packets on Saturday, July 7, Sunday, July 8 and Monday, July 9. To volunteer, contact Anne McBride at or (520) 205-2445.

Participate in the fun by serving as a table host or hostess at the “From Sea to Sea to Sea” Appreciation Luncheon. Danielle Dupont is looking for registered Members and guests who would like to volunteer their time. For more information, please contact Danielle at or (819) 923-1293.

Help show the public what being an Optimist Member is all about and sign up to help in the Community Involvement Expo (formerly known as the House of Optimism). Dan O’Connell and Michelle Turner are looking for people to help staff tables, make announcements, among other things – you will have fun doing it. Clubs can also display projects. Reach out to for more information.

Do you have free time to help in other areas? Contact .

Roommate Wanted?
If you would like to share expenses with another Optimist Member, send us an email and we will put you in touch with each other. Contact .
Club Officer-Elect Form

The deadline to submit Club Officer-Elect Reports was May 20 for 2018-19 officers, but forms can still be accepted. The form can be accessed here. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Charlotte Baker in the Member Services Department at . Canadian forms can be sent to Morenike Fakorede at
Global Spotlight
The Optimist International Global Spotlight was created to provide another means of communication between Optimist International and the Optimist Club Presidents outside of the United States and Canada. The newsletter is sent monthly. 

To view the May Global Spotlight, click   here .
Official Optimist International Suppliers

United States and the Caribbean:
Ansell's Awards and Specialties
Contact the International Board of Directors 

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

The results are in - congratulations to the Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo and the Junior Optimist Club of Farmington Steam Academy ! Both Clubs will receive a $1,500 Club Grant. Clubs will be awarded at the Ottawa convention. Thank you to all Clubs for participating and voting in the 2018 Reel Optimism Video Contest. 
Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

The Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation is proud to have contributed to the success of the Club Optimiste de Saint-Arsène’s fundraiser. By offering the Club seed money, we helped them raise more money to cover transportation fees to the university hospital for families of the community.

Do you wish to Spread Relief in your community, just as the Saint Arsène Optimist Club? Apply to the Spread Relief program before June 30 and we may invest up to $3,000 in seed money to your childhood health or wellness related project. For more information, visit our website or attend to our workshop in Ottawa on Sunday, July 8.