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A Message from this Governor

Oct. 2018

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Hello MDSD District optimist, as you may know this year we have a TEAM of past governor's leading our District -1st quarter David Bowman, 2nd quarter Mark Harris (Bill Stone helping), 3rd quarter Ken Bollinger, 4th quarter Dale Hoffert. This was voted on at the 4th quarter conference/convention last year when governor elect Tom Snyder was unable to step into the role of governor due to health reasons, We wish Tom all the best and hope he make's a full recovery and someday can step up to be governor.
We ,meaning the district leadership have already taken steps to fill the leadership roles for the future and will be looking at the members to help fill future roles in the district (WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN LEADERSHIP ROLES NOT THE SAME PEOPLE OVER AND OVER) so think about stepping up you will find it to be very rewarding.

If you are not already aware this is the 100th centennial of Optimist International, WOW we have been around for 100 years that really says something about OUR organization, this is a time to celebrate what we do in brining out the Best in Kids, our communities and ourselves. You know over the last 100 years optimist international has changed with the times and so we must change as well, the time of saying "That is not how we have done it in the past" is over, that is the past we need to look to the future and think of new ways to help the kids. I am not saying that we don't need the past but we must learn from the past and not be afraid to try NEW ideas NEW ways of doing things and NEW projects for the future. These are troubling times we live in and the youth of our communities need us now more then ever before, so I am asking each and everyone to THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX and find new ways and fresh ideas to make this world a better place for our kids, if we do that then I think we can all sleep a little easier at night knowing we did everything we could to make this a better place for our children.

David Bowman
VP Elect Mid-Atlantic Region 19/20
Distinguished Governor MDSD 14/15
"Bee the One"

Slogan: "iMagine"

District Members As we begin this new and exciting year in our Optimist journey into the next century, I want you to know that as a member of this District, you are as important to each and every member of your Club as you are to our District and Optimist International

Governor's Update

Our International President, Adrian Elcock's theme is iMagine. What is he asking of all of us in this iMagine year? He is asking you to iMagine a whole new organization in which each Club sits at the center of the universe; the center of our Optimist organization. iMagine a community where children will no longer go hungry; where each child will have a bed to sleep in at night; and where each child will be cared for. iMagine yourself as an Optimist playing a big part in making that world possible.

President Adrian and I are asking each of us to become more engaged with our time and

resources in identifying and implementing a new project to be done in your community. Our emphasis will be on Service, Training, Administration and Recognition.

At the very special First Quarter District Conference, I will expand on my goals which include,among other things:
How we will get new members
How to retain our members

By engaging in a project, it brings our membership together, but even more importantly, others will see the passion that you and your fellow Optimists have for the children and the

community and may very well want to feel and share that same passion and Optimism.
That is why our companion declaration in the iMagine year will be iServe! I serve, you serve, we all serve to make this world a better place for our children, our youths and the future.

We will engage in training that benefits all members, recognize the service given by our

members, and run a healthy vibrant and growing organization. Each of us as members must begin to iMagine ourselves as future leaders, and as your governor, I will seek to make our membership an engaging and fulfilling one.


As your Governor, iPledge to help each member, to bring more excitement to service, meaning to training and recognition at each of our quarterly conferences and I want you and the members of your club to be a part of that pledge.

Let us together as a collective of dedicated Optimists re-commit to bringing out the best in our youths, our communities and ourselves.

                                                                   iMagining and creating a better future for all,

                                                               Governor Dale of the MDSD District

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