• Join an Optimist Club Join us to bring out the best in youth, in your community and in yourself
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  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
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District Leadership

Optimist International is divided into geographically-connected regions called Districts. Each District has a Governor, an Optimist volunteer who handles all District administration. To contact a District Governor in your area, click here.


2016-2017 District Governors

Alabama- Mississippi
Pamela Black

Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan
& Northern Wyoming

Gord Currie

Arizona
Nova Sipe

Atlantic Central
Lavera Seymour

California South
Alan Aegerter

Capital-Virginia
Gail Headley

Caribbean
Dave Wilson

Central Ontario
Jesse Rumble

Colorado-Wyoming
Paul Simon

Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota
Terry Gorman

East Missouri
Lister Florence, Jr

Eastern Ontario
Suzanne Poirier

GATEway
Rudy Corn

Illinois
Ruth Del Re

Indiana North
Todd McMillin

Indiana South
David Osborne

Iowa
Denny Phares

Kansas
Marlene Natoli

Kentucky-West Virginia
Gene Blanchet

Louisiana
Lenor Cox

Maryland-South Delaware
Dale Hoffert

Michigan
Monetta Foster

Midwestern Ontario
Larry Haynes

Nebraska
Judith Kluge

New Mexico-West Texas
Ceci Medina

New York - New England
Michael Damiano

North Carolina East
James Hart

North Carolina West
John Laurents, Sr

North Florida
Louis Kincheloe

North Texas
Bron Deal

Ohio
Cherie Gentry

Oklahoma
Curtis Evans

Pacific Central
Phyllis Caughran

Pacific Northwest
Richard Matkin

Pacific Southeast
Terry McWeeney

Pacific Southwest
Dana Lamon

Quebec Center
Pierre-Paul Gemme

Quebec East and Acadie
Bernard Labrecque

Quebec East-North Shore
Martin Maheux

Quebec South
Marcel Lavoie

Quebec West
Roger Grandbois

South Carolina
Virginia Ricker

South Florida
David Arroyo

South Texas
Carol Hodges

Southern Wisconsin
Joshua Zaidel

Southwestern Ontario
Tracy Huxley

TennArk
Donna Gallaway

West Missouri
Gene Shelton

Wisconsin North-Upper Michigan
Susan Carlson