Happy Optimist New Year!

Congratulations to 2017-18 International President Nick Prillaman and his leadership team for a successful year. Good luck to the current International President Rebecca Butler Mona and her 2018-19 leaders in their upcoming Centennial year. Click the above video message for a welcome from President Rebecca and a quick overview of what to expect for the 2018-19 Optimist Year!

Follow Rebecca's year as International President on her official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Our Centennial - Let's Celebrate

Help our organization celebrate our 100th year of Bringing Out the Best: every Club, every Member, every community! For resources, incentives, and more information about our Centennial: www.optimist.org/centennial

Each Optimist has a story to tell - it could be how you got involved, why you are still an Optimist, or an inspirational moment you had at an Optimist event. We want to hear your story! Submit an Optimist Story here . Video and written stories will be shared throughout the year on social media.

Is your District hosting an Optimist 100 Conference? Majority of Districts will be holding these conferences in conjunction with their first quarter conferences. These half-day conferences will have training sessions designed to engage Members, expand leadership skills and highlight our international goals for the upcoming Centennial year. For more information, contact the Optimist International Leadership Development Department at leadership@optimist.org
Join Us in Louisville!

Meet your Optimist friends in Louisville, Kentucky next summer for the Annual Optimist International Convention / Centennial Celebration, Sunday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 3! Registration will be available soon. Visit here to book your hotel. For questions or more information about the annual convention, contact convention@optimist.org .

Centennial "Fast Start" Awards include an opportunity for Districts and Clubs to receive a discounted convention registration. Districts with two new Clubs and +15 Members and Clubs with one new Club and +5 Members by March 31, 2019 can earn $100 registration for EVERY Member!
Junior Optimist International

Visit www.junioroptimist.org and click on the joiNUS button for a step-by-step guide to starting a Junior Optimist Club and recruiting Members! For more information about Junior Optimist International or if you have questions about starting a Junior Optimist Club, contact junioroptimist@optimist.org.
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 September Global Spotlight, click   here .
2018-19 Scholarship Contests

Optimist International sponsors three scholarship contests for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education: the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), the Essay Contest and the Oratorical Contest. The contests are conducted at the Club level, then Zone and Regional (if necessary) and at the District level. District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations and awarded by Optimist International.

Essay topic for the 2018-19 school year: "When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?"

CCDHH/Oratorical topic for the 2018-19 school year: “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”

For more information, planning guides, and contestant applications, visit www.optimist.org/scholarships
Membership Recruitment Calendar

The 2018-19 International Membership Committee is encouraging all Optimist Clubs to participate in “targeted recruitment” each month of this Optimist year. While all Members are valuable; this calendar will hopefully encourage Clubs to look for new Members in areas that they may not have thought of.

For October, invite f ormer Optimist Members to join your Club! This group is also helped by an incentive lasting the entire 2018-19 Optimist year, where former Optimist Members can rejoin a Club for only $30 in international dues for their first year!

Club Officers can easily access information for deleted Members on their Optimist Leaders page! Just go to “Reports”, “Mailing List”, and then select “Deleted-only” under the “Member Status” heading. Send an email to membership@optimist.org if you need help accessing this information.
Upcoming Webinars

A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish
Monday, October 8 at 7PM (CT)
You have thought of a plan and month after month you tell yourself, I need to get this done, but nothing happens and the months slip by. That’s where goal setting comes into play. Whether this is for Optimist use or for personal use, setting goals helps you accomplish more in the time frame that you want to get it done. Success will be yours when your goals are met. Join this Webinar to make your Optimist year successful. To register, click here .

100 Years Stronger: The Centennial Mission
Monday, November 12 at 7PM (CT)
What an exciting time to be a part of our amazing organization! Optimists have been serving their communities and bettering the lives of children for 100 years. Celebrating this milestone is not just a benefit from an international perspective. Join the webinar to learn what celebrating the Centennial means to you as a Member, a Club, and how it will make each of us stronger. To register, click here

For questions about webinars, contact the Leadership Development Department at leadership@optimist.org.
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   board@optimist.org
Optimist International Foundation

The Optimist International Foundation is seeking nominations for an upcoming opening on the Foundation Board of Directors. The four-year term for the Board Member will begin October 1, 2019. Nominations will be accepted on the Foundation’s website until December 31, 2018. 

The open Board position is for a Member at large. Members interested in nominating themselves or others may visit the Foundation website to submit an application. Please review the candidate qualifications before submitting a nomination. 

For more information, call (800) 500-8130 or visit www.oifoundation.org .  
Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

Apply to the improved Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation Club Grant Program to have the chance to receive grants up to $1000 for one of your Club’s community project. All projects must be received by March 31, 2019.

For more information, contact ( 514) 593-4401 or visit our website: ccof-foec.org