As we begin a new Optimist Quarter (January 1-March 31) I want to focus on the importance of MEMBERSHIP. According to Optimist International, each member of an Optimist Club is either directly or indirectly responsible for serving an average of 35 Youth in our communities. Many of us, and our prospective members, have responsibilities to our families, our jobs, our Church and various other professional organizations and somehow we find the time to be good stewards of our time and do the best we can in each of these noble life experiences. What I have found over the years is that busy people get the job done. As Optimists, we are given a rare opportunity to serve our communities and our Youth as an extension of what we are called to do through our religious faith. Regardless of your religious beliefs, we are all called to serve others in our daily lives and accept the opportunity and responsibility that lies before us. TOO BUSY, you say... My answer to that is that GOD gives you all the time you need to do all he has for you to do. Yes, it requires good time management and discipline, but those characteristics are learned by doing…..and by doing more. In this Newsletter we will share a membership idea with you that is easy to do…..but easy not to do. It is the “Friend of Optimists” membership. In our entire District we have only 39 “Friends of Optimists”. I’m sure that while you read this, you can think of several people that you could ask to be a “Friend”. See the details in this Newsletter.
John Laurents, Sr.
Governor, North Carolina West District
To be strong that no one can disturbe your peace of mind
To talk health ,happiness and prosperity to every person you meet
To make all your friends feel that there is some thing in them
To look at the sunny side of every thing and make your optimism come true
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own
To forget the mistake of the past and press on to the greater achievments of future
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile
To give so much time to improvment of yourself that you have no time to criticize others
To be large for worry ,too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimist bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed
To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs
To inspire respect for the law
To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people
To aid and encourage the development of youth
To belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.