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Welcome to the Indiana North District – Optimist International

Welcome to the Indiana North District website, redesigned to assist our members and to provide information to non-members.  This website complements two additional means of communicating with our membership.  These new efforts include the  Governor’s Newsletter (to be sent monthly to membership) and our new Facebook page (In North Optimist).   Members and guests are urged to visit our Facebook page, while the newsletters will be archived on this website as they are distributed to membership.    

Unfortunately, the district lost three clubs this past year: Winona Lake, Crown Point and Columbia City.  Currently, the Indiana North District has forty-three (43) local clubs, with 1748 members (as of 29 September 2013) in a district that is comprised of the northern half of Indiana, north of Interstate 74  from the Ohio border to the Illinois border.  Efforts in building membership will focus on establishing clubs in cities without clubs, developing college clubs, and increasing the number of youth clubs in both middle and high schools.  .

‘IT IS THE JOURNEY” is my theme for this year.  Friends and I have used this idea for our annual road trips during the summer.  Driving is the goal of these trips, regardless of the unimportant destinations. For us, it is the individual portions of each trip that is important.  I believe the same idea can be used as clubs go through their years. Each single activity or event is the important thing for the club; getting to the end of the year should not be the goal of any club.  Make the most of each portion of the year and celebrate the individual accomplishments.  Lets focus on these parts of our journey:  Youth Appreciation, Tri Star Basketball Contest, Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest, Respect for Law, Prevention of Non-Violence, and Internet Safety.  Every club is unique, and the Facebook page, this site. and the Governor’s Newsletter will provide opportunities to promote club activities and events to the entire district.

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,600 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.  Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.

Thomas C. Stone
2013 – 2014 Governor
Indiana North District

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