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Quick slideshow that can be used when visiting groups interested in starting a new club.

Quick slideshow that can be used when visiting groups interested in starting a new club.

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  • 1. OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL “Help Us Bring Out the Best in Kids”
  • 2. OVERVIEW • WHO WE ARE • CLUB OPERATIONS • CLUB PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS • ADDITIONAL BENEFITS • OPTIMIST CREED • GETTING STARTED • QUESTIONS?…CONTACT US
  • 3. WHO WE ARE • Optimist International is an international service organization that has focused on “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. • Mission Statement – By providing hope and a positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. • Vision Statement – Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
  • 4. FUN FACTS ABOUT US… • There are over 3,000 autonomous Optimist Clubs worldwide. This includes Optimist Clubs in: – England, France, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and many other countries! • There are over 95,000 Optimist Members worldwide. • Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects per year, serving over 6 million children. • Optimists spend $78 million on their communities annually.
  • 5. HOWEACHCLUBOPERATES • Each Optimist Club is AUTONOMOUS, and operates independently. • Each Club elects their own Officers and Board of Directors to oversee Club Activities. • Each Club also picks and chooses the programs and activities that most benefit the children in the community. – Ask yourself what are the needs of the children in the community? What are the youth issues facing your city/town?
  • 6. EXAMPLES OF OPTIMIST PROJECTS ANDPROGRAMS • Childhood Cancer Campaign • Support Youth Programs like Scouting, Guiding, Bike Safety, Sports • Deliver Internet Safety Training • Optimist International Junior Golf Championship • Scholarships and Oratorical Contests • FOCUS ON SUPPORTING YOUTH NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY – MEMBERS DECIDE WHAT WE SUPPORT
  • 7. SPECIFIC PROJECT PROFILE HEALTH & WELFARE Project Name: Camp Jordan Sponsoring Club Name: Richmond West Central Optimist Club Location: Mechanicsville, Virginia Target: Children with diabetes Purpose of Project: To provide children with diabetes a place to interact with one another. Project: The Club holds fundraisers to donate money and supplies to Camp Jordan and provide scholarships for children who do not have the financial means to attend the camp. The Club Members also assist the camp representatives with opening day check-in and camp games and activities. Results: For more than 35 years, the Richmond West Central Optimist Club has contributed to maintaining the quality of service and education for the campers at Camp Jordan. Their contributions are now approaching the $1,000,000 mark!
  • 8. SPECIFIC PROJECT PROFILE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT Project Name: L'art sur casiers (Works of Art on Lockers) Sponsoring Club Name: Club Optimiste de Lorraine Location: Quebec, Canada Target: Elementary school children Purpose of Project: To help beautify a school while educating children. Project: Optimist Members talked to the school principal and decided to give the school a slight makeover by using the students’ lockers as canvases. Optimist Members provided materials and worked with each class, assigning different environmental issues to portray on the lockers. Results: 343 students from the elementary school participated in painting the lockers, and 600 people attended the unveiling ceremony. Commemorative plaques with all the participants’ names were given and displayed in the school.
  • 9. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATEDWITHOPTIMIST CLUBS • OI Foundation Pass-Through – Canadian Clubs have the ability to pass funds raised through the Foundation so that they can issue tax receipts for donations. • Liability Insurance – Each Optimist Club is covered under an 11 million dollar umbrella liability insurance policy; therefore, members of your Club are covered in the unlikely event of litigations while you are conducting community service projects and sponsored activities. – This policy covers all active Optimist Members as well as their spouses at Optimist activities.
  • 10. THE OPTIMIST CREED Promise Yourself- To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
  • 11. STILL INTERESTED?…HOWCAN YOU HELPUS GET STARTED! • We will need a minimum of 15 Charter Members in order to establish an Optimist Club in our community. • Application Form – Join Us • Bring in a Friend to our next information night … when ?? • We would like to charter a new club by Nov 19th , 2009..
  • 12. TIPS FORGETTING STARTED • 1. Needs Assessment – Identify a purpose and focus for establishing an Optimist Club. – Start by researching the Internet or talking to other members of the community and identify youth-related opportunities. – Determine what your Optimist Club can do to help meet these community needs. • 2. Recruitment – Develop a “hit list” of key people you think would make great Optimists. – Approach these people and talk to them about who we are and what we do. Be ready to answer the question “What is an Optimist Club?”
  • 13. TIPS FORGETTING STARTED • 3. Meetings – Once you have a handful of people interested, invite them to attend a meeting. • These meetings should be informational but fun! • Set a constant location, date, and time. Routine is good! • Have an agenda prepared and always set goals for the next meeting. • 4. Advertise, Advertise, Advertise! – Talk to your local newspaper and see if they will feature your Club in an article, or advertise your meeting in the newspaper’s calendar of events. – Prepare a Press Release. – Hang up flyers, hand out brochures, etc…
  • 14. THANKS FORYOURTIME! • PLEASE CONTACT OI STAFF AND MEMBERS FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS REGARDING STARTING AN OPTIMIST CLUB IN YOUR COMMUNITY. • YOU CAN ALSO REQUEST THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL THROUGH THE OI NEW CLUB BUILDING DEPARTMENT: – BROCHURES/MEMBER APPLICATIONS – PRESS RELEASES – FLYER TEMPLATES – COLLEGE CLUB POSTCARDS – PROJECT PROFILES 800.500.8130 www.optimist.org

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