Teachers are encouraged to #JoinanOptimistClub

Teachers are encouraged to #JoinanOptimistClub For nine months each year, and sometimes more, teachers inspire children to learn and achieve. To me, it sounds like they are ready-made Optimists. For the second year, Optimist International agrees, and it has extended its popular Recruit-a-teacher membership incentive for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 administrative year. Beginning April 1 and ending June 30, your Optimist Club may add teachers or any school personnel to its roster for only $30!*  What a great deal to connect your Optimist Club to a veritable firehose of service opportunities. According to Optimist International, connecting with teachers

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Knock the “t” Off “Can’t”

Knock the “t” Off “Can’t”   by: Neil Eskelin, Daily Jump Start Recently I took a sheet of paper and divided it into two columns: “Yes People,” and “No People.” Then I thought about individuals I knew and wrote their names in the appropriate column. What a shock it was to see the length of the “No” list. These were the people who heard someone say, “You can’t do that!” and they believed it. Now they were saying, “It can’t be done!” and their negativity was affecting the lives of others. If your friends made such a list right now, under

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations   by: Barry Spilchuk, Source Unknown Pete Rose, the famous baseball player, and I have never met, but he taught me something so valuable that it changed my life. Pete was being interviewed in spring training the year he was about to break Ty Cobb’s all time hits record. One reporter blurted out, “Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How many at-bats do you think you’ll need to get the 78 hits?” Without hesitation, Pete just stared at the reporter and very matter-of-factly said, “78.” The reporter yelled back, “Ah, come on Pete, you don’t

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Gifts on Father’s Day

Gifts on Father’s Day   by: Mary A. Aversano, , Source Unknown On December 5, 1998, my son, Jeffrey was in a serious auto accident. He was left a quadrapalegic. From the moment he left ICU, he has shown incredible strength of character and a spirit that has touched everyone he meets. Part of his strength has been his determination to develop the muscles that do work. His goals? Well, one of them is to hold his little eight month old niece in his arms and the other is to hug his darling four-year-old son. I am proud to say that

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Find social opportunities with an Optimist Club Young Professionals Group

Courtesy Pacific Northwest District Find social opportunities with an Optimist Club Young Professionals Group Attracting new members to participate in a club or organization is always a challenge and many service clubs find attracting younger members to be a special challenge. As our organization has grayed, some might say they have lost their relevance. I beg to differ. Adopting a positive attitude and serving our communities with a focus on the youth is always a relevant pursuit. However, it might be that we need a different messenger. For that reason, among others, Optimist International is now encouraging a new group

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Promise to live the Optimist Creed

Courtesy Pacific Northwest District Promise to live the Optimist Creed  Welcome to the best year of your life. How do we know that it will be the best? Because we know that you are an Optimist and all Optimist Club members make the promise to think only of the best and to expect only the best. Optimist Club members live the Optimist Creed. Those ten tenets inspire all who read them and for those who take the oath to belong to an Optimist Club, they become a way of life – a positive way of life. We encourage you to

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