Volume 12, Issue 4 July / August / September 2009 Page 1 of 8
Dear Fellow Optimists, Bonnie Spindler, Editor
3460 Hickory Hill Road
Thank you, to each member, for all you do to “Provide Hope and Positive Vision to Verona, WI 53593
Bring out the Best in Kids”. Serving as Governor this year has certainly broadened my Phone: 608-833-7244
understanding of how many ways Optimists serve youth in our District. This great email@example.com
experience has brought to light that while each of our SWIS clubs has proven to be unique
in the programs initiated, all are truly focused and united by our creed and mission. The
High Five initiative has brought together many hands.
Our 4th Quarter Convention is a huge opportunity for us to gather and celebrate this Governor’s Message 1
connection, and to zero in on how we can do more as an organization that makes a
difference. I sincerely invite you to come to Monroe on August 7th & 8th for an opportunity, District Leadership,
which I hope you won’t let pass by. 2009-10 Planning 2
International President, Don Sievers and his wife Anita will be our very special guests for OI Foundation, Lt. Gov’s 3
the 08-09 SWIS District Convention. Governor-Elect Jerry Schewe will also take the stage
NCB, CPA, CCC, Tri-Star 4
on Saturday to welcome and introduce his 2009-2010 team at an early evening installation.
This convention has been scheduled to be as respectful of your time as possible, and JOOI, Int Candidate 5
negotiated to fit within the best possible price. A lot is packed into the schedule, but
hopefully you will still be able to enjoy a bit of our Monroe hospitality over the weekend! Football, Golf, Optimist in
Friday and Saturday are Monroe’s traditional downtown Sidewalk Sale dates (Maxwell Action Program 6
Street Days, for those over 50 who might be reading this.) The merchants around and off
our Historic Square will be offering bargain prices on their sidewalk merchandise – or in- Club Highlights, Updates
store specials as weather dictates. Orlando Convention 7-8
Our Optimist conference activities on Saturday are all scheduled at Turner Hall, just off the
Square. For those accompanying but not attending the business sessions, there is a
“Market on the Square” to enjoy as well as our annual “Summer Fair on the Square” which
consists of youth activities, food concessions and the annual Celebrity Pie Eating Contest!
Monroe’s downtown is home to Minhas Craft Brewery, the oldest continuously running
brewery in Wisconsin – with quite an interesting history during prohibition days in our
country. While tours are available all day, convention attendees have the 3:30 – 5:00
timeframe open to view this amazing operation that provides adult beverages worldwide.
You can secure a tour on the registration form, and please know that the tour fee is well
compensated for by the gift package and “benefits” received at the end. Minhas Brewery is
just a block and a half away from Turner Hall.
At five-o’clock on Saturday, a casual hors d’oeuvre reception honoring International
President Don and teammate Anita, hosted by the SWIS District will be held followed by
the installation of our 2009-2010 District Leadership. The reception will include a cash bar,
unless, you have a “new member” glass, which puts a beverage of choice on my personal
4th Qtr, Turner Hall Monroe
tab as a Thank You for bringing in a member that will in turn serve to enrich the lives of 30
8/7 – 8/8
more kids. I hope to see you in Monroe – so that I can give out more glasses and that we
all can learn, celebrate and GROW! Let’s go the Distance! (See next page for directions) st
1 Qtr, Platteville Convention
Barb Nelson, Governor 0809 Center: 10/23-10/24
Optimist Creed: Promise yourself:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Articles for 1st
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. Quarter SWIS
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. Newsletter due by
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. September 4th
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and 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.
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Governor Barb’s Directions:
As a side note, it is important to let all of you know that downtown Monroe is currently under construction. Vehicle and foot traffic is open as rerouted –at worse
case a block off or down the alley from the main path. “Promise yourself to not let anything disturb your piece of mind”. I would ask for your tolerance of
any inconvenience and please do not point out (at least not directly to me) that my hair has more grey highlights since our last gathering at the Kalahari. In real
life, I serve as the Main Street Director, and must take full responsible for this inconvenience since this Streetscape Project is part of the Main Street Initiative of
economic redevelopment. Our water line was 60 years old and needed to be replaced so we went for a total makeover. The downtown will be kind of a mess
during your visit – but Open for Business and very happy to have the SWIS District members here!
Oh, then there is this other little thing - for those coming from the North on Hwy 69. There is a bridge out and consequently a detour from Monticello to Monroe –
though it doesn’t add much mileage or time. Easiest is to follow the detour signs. But, if you do GPS you will be nagged to turn left several times before you
should. It is okay to take County N south if you don’t care to follow the detour signs all the way to County J. Both connect to Hwy 81 that takes you right past the
Super 8. Life can always take you on detours, but that doesn’t mean you change your destination, and might provide a more scenic route to enjoy. Barb
SWIS Leadership Update
Optimists – welcome to the Annual Convention of the SWIS District in the 2008-2009 Optimist Year, the year of “Give Me
‘Five’ For The Kids.” The Annual Convention is an exciting time for all Optimists – at the Convention we prepare for the last
“push” to sprint to the September 30 finish line – build that momentum for next year, and begin training for the new year to
begin October 1. The stronger we finish, the more KIDS we can serve now, and into next year!!!!!
Building on the great comments and success we have had over in the past, we will again have the focus of the leadership
sessions on round table discussions where you can meet new Optimists, share YOUR ideas with your fellow Optimists,
learn from each other, and develop new friendships while renewing old ones.
One item to please keep in mind is that we do intend to have workshops/training both before and after lunch. So please plan
to make a day of it in Monroe – we have a lot to share, a lot to learn, and many important items to discuss.
The details of the member part of the Conference are also still “in the works” – but, we have listened to you, learned from
you, and your Leadership Development Team is putting together a great agenda for training at the Convention. The
Convention offers multiple opportunities to learn more about Optimism, and how our District and Optimist International
The opportunities for training will include a special time for this year’s Team to target a strong finish for the 2008-2009
Optimist Year, and we will also have training for the new Team to take office for the 2009-2010 year – the training for the
2009-2010 Team will be unique to the Convention, and will not be repeated at later training sessions.
Also, as a highlight for all of these sessions, we have the privilege of having Optimist International President Don Sievers
with us for all the training sessions – just think of all the ideas he can share, all the experiences he has had – to be here will
be a great opportunity to learn a lot abut our great organization.
So, for all Optimists, please plan to attend our SWIS Convention in Monroe in August – and remember it is not just for the
Presidents – you all should come to learn, to share, and just have some great fun with new and old Optimist friends………
Jim Kondrasuk, Past Governor. Leadership Development Chair
SWIS Planning 2009 - 2010
Current International President Don Sievers asks you to “Give a High Five for the Kids” while International President-elect
Mark Shriver urges you to “Promise Yourself”. On behalf of SWIS Governor Barb Nelson, I’m asking you to “Share Forward”
finish the current year strong and use that success to propel yourself and your club to higher heights next year.
Governor Barb has started many fabulous programs this year, and I want to build on those programs to create even more
enthusiasm for Optimism. I believe you will enjoy the activities we have planned for 2009-2010.
Chief among those activities are the quarterly conferences. More details will be forthcoming in Monroe, but I urge you to
mark your calendars for these four dates and locations:
October 24 Platteville Convention Center
February 6 UW-Whitewater
May 8 Wisconsin Dells Kalahari
August 14 Pewaukee Radisson Inn
See you in Monroe.
Jerry Schewe, 2008-09 Governor Elect
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Optimist International Foundation
What are some things we do to “Bring Out the Best In Kids”?
What funds our CCDHH Scholarships?
What helps fund our Optimist magazine??
What helps fund our Optimist Club Leaders Training?
What helps keep JOOI rocking?
What allows us to accept 501c3 donations?
What helps to keep the amount of our dues down?
What helps fund our Oratorical and Essay Scholarships?
What helps fund disaster relief and Endowment payouts?
Answer: Your investment in kids through the Foundation helps thousands of kids each year.
I want to take this Opportunity to remind members of the SWIS District that the donations to the Optimist
International Foundation have declined significantly so far this year. We still have time to make up ground
during these next 3 months before the close of another Optimist year. Donations of an unrestricted nature are
badly needed by the Foundation to help complete the necessary operations of the Foundation. In looking at past
President's club donations in the previous year, I notice that there are nine (9) donors this year that have not
contributed anything for fiscal year 2009. Two donors that donated at the Century Circle level last year have not
donated so far this year. At the same time, several members have donated large amounts this Optimist year,
and the Foundation thanks you very much for caring. Judi Smith, the Executive Director of the Optimist
International Foundation has contacted me, and asked me to please follow up with everyone in the SWIS
District, and remind everyone that we still have time to reach the goal of the Foundation, which this Optimist year
is One Million and One Dollar. Once again, if every club donated $36.50, the Dime A Day amount for each
member of the club, the Foundation would more than reach their goal. Please work with your Board of Directors
and consider a donation at the next Conference in Monroe, where I will be asking clubs to present their checks
to the Foundation. In the meantime, if you have a check to donate, you can send the check to me, and I can
process the donation now, and help to ease the stress on the Foundation meeting their obligations. Remember,
donations to the Foundation goes to help the kids through the scholarships that are presented, and if the
Foundation is kept healthy, it may even help to keep the dues down for every member of Optimist International.
The Conference in Monroe will be my last function as the Foundation Representative for the SWIS District. I
want to thank everyone for the cooperation that I received for the past four (4) years as your SWIS District
Fred Dorn, SWIS District Foundation Representative 608-824-7265 firstname.lastname@example.org
SWIS Zone Planning, Clubs & Lt. Governor’s 2009 - 1010
_____________ Kevin Austin ____________ Tom Wohlleber Grace Policastro
Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5
Burlington Janesville-Wed Beaver Dam Middleton Darlington
Racine-F Janesville-Brfst Madison -Brfst Portage Monroe
Kenosha Milton East Madison Cross Plains Platteville
Racine-W Whitewater Madison Verona Dodgeville
Racine-T UW White Monona Grove Mazomanie/Hgts Monroe Noon
Mequon/Thiensville Janesville-Noon Madison-NE Lodi Fennimore
Men Falls Cambridge Waunakee Sauk Prairie LaCrosse
Milwaukee Jefferson Sun Prairie Mt. Horeb LaCrosse-Brfst
Waukesha Fort Atkinson Cottage Grove Baraboo Brodhead
West Bend Beloit McFarland Madison West Platteville Noon ?
Mukwonago Lake Mills Fitchburg Sauk Trails Madison
Hartford Stoughton Poynette
Brookfield Delavan Reedsburg
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New Community Growth Clubs District Awards & Achievements
We currently have 1 new community growth club in progress Hello Fellow Optimists
and nearly complete. The Platteville Breakfast Club is Who do you know wants to be an Honor Club?
forming a new Lunch Group Gathering and is hoping to have Well I will tell you how to become an Honor
it chartered by the end of July. We have other new club Club. One of the requirements is to do a CPA
locations throughout the District, but nothing really moving at
(Community Project Award) booklet to be turned
in at district level to show what your club does as
Congratulations to our 2 new Certified Club Builders: a service project (and what club doesn't do a
Past Governors Joanne Ganske and Michael Shields became service project).
the SWIS District’s newest CCB’s in late May. CCB’s are
called in to Districts that are working on forming new clubs If you need help or information on how to get one
and just can’t quite get it all together. The CCB’s help the started contact me at:
Sponsoring Clubs with the Resources available and get them Rick Sill
to the Charter Number of Members desired. 1920 Lathrop Av #106
Racine, WI 53405
If you know of a Community within the SWIS District that 262-308-1772
doesn’t have an Community Growth Optimist Club and think email@example.com
we could form one there, please send us the information.
I will be at 4th quarter conference in Monroe to answer
You can let your Lt. Governor, or any District person know
any questions you have, and I will have a copy of CPA
and we will work with you to serve more children.
books to look at
Have a great summer, see you at the Convention!
Todd McMillin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Sill, CPA Chairperson
Joanne Ganske, email@example.com
Childhood Cancer Campaign
I am proud to say that numerous clubs have already sent in checks on behalf of the combined
SWIS District Optimist CCC donation. As a reminder (or if you haven’t heard), my goal is for every club to come
together in one joint effort to make a contribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital. Many of the rooms
at the new hospital have not been completely furnished so this joint contribution would go a long way in supporting
the children and families of the hospital. If your club has not already made a donation, I ask you to consider this in
your budget. While many clubs have given a higher dollar value, I initially asked for a contribution from each club
of $100. If every club participated, this would be a tremendous donation to the hospital. The main focus of the
CCC program is to accentuate different areas of service on which members can focus: Support to children
diagnosed and receiving treatment for cancer; Support to families and care partners of children with cancer; and
Support to health care and service providers. A donation would cover every aspect of this tremendous goal.
Please call me at (608) 577-9083 or email me at LitscJW@gmail.com if you are interested in making a donation.
John Litscher, CCC Chair (608) 577-9083
It’s hard to believe it but we are already in the last quarter of our Optimist year. There are still many important
tasks to accomplish. We need to complete those important summer youth projects that are still in the plan. We
need to get those new members needed to cement our honor club status. We need to bring in those new clubs in
the building process so those new communities can benefit from our Optimism. And, we are ready to begin the all
important transition to a new Optimist year. In transition time it is important to assess our projects and fund raisers
over the last year. How can we make them more successful? What are the lessons to be learned from the last 9
months? What can we add next year to increase our service? Yes, it will be a very busy 3 months for all of us and
please don’t forget youth sports in next year’s plans. We had a great year in 2008/2009 to build on and we look
forward to an even better year in 2009/2010. I’ll announce key details on district competitions in August.
Have a great summer everyone!
Joe Mundwiler, SWIS Tri-Star Chair Mundwilerconsulting@wi.rr.com
211 Muirfield Circle Home: 262-392-2355
North Prairie WI 53153 Cell 414-416-6551
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At the May Conference the JOOI Representatives elected the District Governor for
2009 – 2010 following interesting campaigning.
AJ Cifuentes, an S.O.S. Monroe High School member was elected. He has many forward
thinking goals for his tenure. A tribute was paid to Holli White.
Plans were also made for the District Convention in Monroe August 7th and 8th. It will take the form of a Pow-
Wow and camp out on Friday followed by education workshops on Saturday. Anyone who has knowledge or
contact with a JOOI club please encourage them to register and come. It should be a very entertaining and
informative. (See planning and invite, which was sent to ALL JOOI Clubs on 7/13/09).
Please come to Monroe on Friday, August 7th through Saturday, August 8th for the final gathering in the
2009 JOOI Optimist year. The format will be somewhat different and unique with the goals of promoting
the fellowship of Southern Wisconsin JOOI members and through a few key workshops learn to bring
the JOOI clubs forward in memberships and enriched community service. Current and future club
officers will receive necessary leadership training to start your club off well for the New Year.
The convention will kick off at 6pm on Friday 7th at Breadon’s -- 2021 11th St., Monroe WI. 53566. Pool
party, games, and light supper. Saturday 8th begins at 8am at Turner Hall, within walking distance, and
will conclude at 2pm. All meals included. No cost, just get here. Where else could you get a better deal
for a summer vacation for a good group of teens? Clubs who sponsor a JOOI Club please see this is
brought to the attention of your advisor and have them contact me.
Any questions can be answered by calling me at: (608) 328-4817.
Thank you, Gabrielle Breadon, JOOI Chairperson
James W "Jim" Kondrasuk –
2009 Optimist International Board Candidate
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids!
Our Optimist Mission statement, as represented by these powerful words, is one of the primary reasons that I
would look forward to the opportunity to serve on the International Board of Directors, by your support and your
vote in the upcoming election at the Optimist International Convention in Florida. I think I can contribute, and
help make a difference. I have had numerous experiences, which can help me work for the betterment of our
great organization through and with the Board and our staff.
My vision for Optimist International: continue to be, and to expand our role as, THE premier youth-serving
organization in the world. We also need to seek new and relevant ways to serve the youth of today with the
tremendous challenges before them and us. We cannot simply rely on the old ways of doing things - those
days are gone. To this end we need to explore all avenues open to us, including but not limited to new
club/membership models, new programs, use of the internet, new partnerships with new organizations and
expanded partnerships with current ones.
I would ask for, and would appreciate your support and vote in the election for a Director-At-Large position. If
you do plan to be at the Convention in Kissimmee, Thank You for being there, it shows your concern,
dedication and your commitment to Optimist International. If you cannot attend the Convention, thank you for
being a dedicated Optimist Leader, and please continue to do so. We need you! In any event, we have to
address many crucial and critical items before us today. CONGRATULATIONS JIM. He was elected to
the position of the OI Board in Orlando at the convention July 8 – 11th.
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2009 Football Sweepstakes Fundraiser
The 2009 Football Sweepstakes sales are underway. All clubs that wanted tickets are supplied with their
allotment. Time is running short on getting those tickets sold and returned to me. A few clubs have returned a
batch of sold tickets with money, however, there are 300 sold as of June 23, so we have 4660 left to sell. I will
have to have the tickets and money returned to me by the 20th of August this year. I am asking the clubs that
have 250, 300, 400, 450 tickets in their possession to start getting sold tickets and money back to me on a timely
basis as sold, so the process of entering the keystrokes will be spread out over time. Please make an effort
during the next couple of weeks to get as many tickets sold as possible. This year we cannot accept any tickets
after the 20th of August.
If your club is holding more tickets than you think you can sell, please contact me to see if another club can use
them. Please do not mention that this is a football raffle. This is not a raffle in any sense of the word. This should
always be spoken of as a sweepstakes. If your club could use more tickets, please give me ample time to find
some tickets out there for you, rather than want them tomorrow and I don't have any to give to you. Let's have lots
of fun with this sweepstakes this year, and let's see if we can get all 4960 tickets sold. That would really put the
SWIS District selling clubs in a beautiful financial picture. As we always say," it's for the kids".
Fred Dorn, Sweepstakes Chair
Optimist in Action Optimists Junior Golf Tournament
To All the clubs who performed a An Optimist International Qualifying tournament was held at
service project during the month Riverside Golf Course in Janesville on June 15th, 2009. The 43
golfers represented 21 cities in Wisconsin. Most were from the
of May, congratulations for
southern half of Wisconsin.
stepping up to the plate. The
events you do in your There were eight divisions by sex and age. The winners were:
communities only foster good re age 16-18 boys – Ben Smaby of Onalaska; age 16 – 18 girls –
pore with the people you are Jada Bennington of Beloit; age 14-115 boys – Ben Skogen of
soliciting for funds and Onalaska; age 14-15 girls – Taylor Utzig of Janesville; age 12-13
membership. All you do in your boys – Johnny Decker of Verona; age 12-13 girls – Hunter Schultz
communities will be returned in of Verona; age 10-11 boys – Brady Thomas of Middleton and the
the future when you have other age 10-11 Girls – Alexis Thomas of Middleton.
activities. Thanks for all you do.
First place winners in this Southern Wisconsin Optimist District
Jon Rufenacht, Optimist in Action qualifying Tournament are eligible to participate in the Optimist
Chair firstname.lastname@example.org International Junior Golf Championships held at PGA National
Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, and Florida July 23 – August
2nd, 2009. The Southern Wisconsin Optimist District will pay the
registration fees for both the winners in the 16-18 age division to
participate in the Championships.
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is one of the
largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Each
SWIS CLUBS: If you had a year, more then 650 golfers participate in the tournament. Former
golfer in the tournament, champions of the “Optimists” include Beth Bauer, Jonathan Byrd,
please invite them and their Bubba Dickerson, Brittany Lincicome, Jeff Overton, and Jennifer
parents to your club to show Rosales. Several other well-known professional golfers have
participated in the Optimist-sponsored championships such as:
support for the young golfer. Amy Alcott, John Daly, Ernie Ells, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III,
Everyone is a winner for Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa,
participating in this annual Nick Price, David Toms and Tiger Woods.
Larry Loveland, SWIS Jr. Golf Chair
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Delavan Darien Annual Skateboard Competition
At the last convention some people showed some interest in a skateboard competition. In Delavan we hold
one every year and have a great time doing it. We have competitors from all over. While talking to my primary
organizer for our event, we thought it would be a great idea to get other clubs involved to hold their own event
with the same format (scoring, sponsorship, and venders) as we do to keep it uniform. Every club involved
would hold a competition during the year and the finale would be held at a different location every year.
Skateboarders are dedicated so they will show up as they travel sometimes state to state. This will give them
a summer circuit to run with the big money at the finale based on a point system (yet to be developed). The
groundwork has been laid, just looking for other clubs that would be interested in starting a summer circuit
next year. Please let me know so we can start helping you for next year and planning the schedule and
helping you with the forms, permits, sponsors and vendors.
Yours in Optimism
Kevin Austin, President Delavan-Darien Optimist Club
email@example.com (262) 325-7210
Middleton Optimist Club,
Things went well, as usual. The sun came out, the kids
showed up, the fish were biting, the burgers were hot, the
soda was cold, the Cottonwoods held back.
We ran out of rods (300) by 10:30. About 50 kids brought
their own gear. We recycled another 20 (or so) rods from
people that brought them back. So, I'd say we had about
370 kids total. I know we served all of the 400 hamburgers
that we had on hand (courtesy of the Club Tavern).
All in all it was a good day.
Randy Schmidt, Middleton Optimist
LINKS to the SWIS Directories (in order): District Officers;
District Chairs; SWIS Club Officers
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Waunakee Optimist Club, Celebrate The UW Med Flight expected to “Fly
WaunaFest in Late July In for Breakfast”
The Waunakee Optimist Club invites all SWIS District The Med Flight helicopter and crew will touch down at
Optimist members to come to Waunakee the last week end the Baraboo-Dells Airport this Sunday, June 21st and
in July to help celebrate WaunaFest. The Waunakee share a delicious meal of pancakes, eggs and
Optimist Club will have a food booth in the food tent at sausage with the Baraboo Optimists at their annual
Centennial Park, where we will be serving Corn on the Cob, Father’s Day Fly-In, Drive-In breakfast.
Deep Fried Cheese Sticks, World Famous Cream Puffs,
French Fries, Onion Rings and Corn Dogs. There will be a The Optimists will be serving breakfast from 7 am until
Flea Market on Saturday, and lots of music in the beer tent noon at a hanger at the airport. Adult eat for $8,
all weekend. That date is July 24, 25 and 26. Please stop children under 10 for $4. The UW Med Flight
by and say hello. Don't miss the big parade on Sunday. helicopter is one of the many aircraft and antique cars
expected to be on display.
Fred Dorn, Waunakee Optimist Member
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to the public”
said Mike Althen, president of the Baraboo Optimist
Club. “The Med Flight crew will be there to explain
Darlington Optimist Club their air ambulance services. Aviation and antique
Donate to DARE auto enthusiasts with also have their vehicles on
display. And our all-you-can eat pancakes meal is a
The City of Darlington Police Department, in conjunction with great treat for the family.”
the Darlington Community School District, hosted its 19
annual DARE Graduation at the Elementary-Middle School All proceeds from this annual event support the
on May 13 . A total of 46 fifth grade students participated in Optimists’ work with children in the community. The
the program, which is aimed at combating violence, bullying, club is a proud supporter of the Baraboo High School
alcohol abuse and drug abuse. For the 19th straight year, the “Link Crew”, the Boys & Girls Club, and several other
Darlington Optimist Club financially contributed to the youth programs.
program thus making it possible to acquire workbooks and
provide a graduation ceremony. Tom Daly, Optimist club For more information, call Joan Kenney
representative, presented DARE Instructor Jason King with a @608.963.3238
check for $350.00 with the graduates present. Joan Kenney, Baraboo President Elect
Tom Daly, Darlington Sec/Treasurer
ORLANDO CONVENTION, JULY 8th – 11th UPDATE
Danny Rogers (Fort Worth, TX) was voted International President-elect; Dave Bruns (Topeka, KS) and Jim Kondrasuk (Monona, WI)
were elected to the OI Board for 2009-2012; and Gloria Kloster (Brookings, SD) was voted International Vice President-elect for the Great
There were twelve total proposed amendments to the bylaws, with most of them passed without much discussion.
1. College club members defined PASSED
2. Annual audit deadline extended by 15 days PASSED
3. Member pilot club program extended to 2012 PASSED
4. Youth club membership defined PASSED
5. International dues increased to $59.62 PASSED
6. 4% OI budget surplus rule suspended to 2013 WITHDRAWN
7. Waiver of World Bank tier structure for Jamaica and Suriname to 2013 PASSED
8. OI Board policies addendum to OI bylaws FAILED
9. Two candidates required for each elective office FAILED
10. Restrict involvement of Candidate Qualifications committee for election of Board members at-large FAILED
11. Require committee chairs to report to the Board, instead of the President, and give the Board
discretion on what information from such reports is released FAILED
12. Restrict involvement of the OI President in the day-to-day operation of OI, as amended PASSED
There was much discussion on the state of OI’s finances. Many items have already been deleted from the budget, President Sievers kept
spending at required levels only, and the amendment to Proposal 12 should curtail the ability of future Presidents to spend beyond the
limits of the budget.
Honor Club requirements are changing slightly. As of October 1, a club needs to:
1. Show a net increase of 5 members for clubs with 1-74 members and a net increase of 1 member for clubs over 75 members
2. Pay all District and International dues by September 30, 2010
3. Complete three service projects, verified by the District Secretary/Treasurer, and submit a minimum of one CPA entry for
either Community Service or Fundraising to the District Activities Chair by September 30, 2010
4. Submit the officer-elect report by May 20, 2010 and the President’s Pride Report by September 30, 2010
5. Club president or board member attends at least 50% of the district meetings
The 2010 Convention is July 7-10 in downtown Denver; 2011 in Baltimore, 2012 in Milwaukee; and 2013 in Cincinnati.