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Optimist Club of the Year

Congratulations to the Optimist Club of Collin County for being named the 2014-15 Optimist Club of the Year!

The Optimist Club of Collin County conducted many successful community service projects such as the CASA of Collin County Kids Golf Classic, Lovepacs food pantry packaging & delivery, the CASA of Collin County Christmas Toy Drive, a clothing & school supply drive benefiting the Carrollton Spanish Baptist Church Mission, the CASA of Collin County Voice for Children Gala, and a Frisco Roughriders concession fundraiser. The Club’s leaders and Members attended Optimist International Leadership Summits, the Optimist International Convention, participated in the PGI program and completed Optimist International Foundation training. Several Club growth initiatives were executed including a “text a prospect” challenge that resulted in more than 30 new Club Members, a N.O.W. party in conjunction with the Club’s first anniversary, and a banquet honoring Charter Members. The Club sponsored the Optimist Club of Panama, the first-ever Optimist Club in that country. And, Members are currently working on new Club projects in Puebla, Mexico and Morgantown, West Virginia. In total, the Club added 70 new Optimists during the 2014-15 year.

Congratulations to the Bay City Noon Optimist Club for being named the 2013-14 Optimist Club of the Year!

The Bay City Noon Optimist Club conducted many successful community service projects, such as the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission monthly birthday party, Adopt-A-Highway, children's movie/food drive, and "Covering the Basics," a donation program started by the Club to fund raise for the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. The Club participates in many Member Development Programs, such as PGI, and sends multiple Members to International Conventions, Leadership Summits, and District Conventions. The Bay City Noon Optimist Club has planned many successful N.O.W. meetings resulting in five new Members last year, and sponsored the Midland Optimist Club on December 17, 2013.

The Optimist Club of the Year award is presented annually to the most outstanding Club in each Region based upon the following criteria:

  Maximum Points
Service projects sponsored by the Club  30 points
Member Development Programs a year (i.e. PGI Program, Optimist International Conventions and Summit, etc.) 25 points
Club Growth and Increased Community Awareness Campaigns (i.e. NOW Program, Marketing Campaign, etc.) 25 points
Increased Volunteer Member Base 10 points
New Community Efforts                 10 points

Points in each category will be awarded by independent judges based upon community outreach, impact on children and Members, new and innovative ideas, and benefits to the individual Club Members.

Interested Clubs are invited to submit information as outlined on the judging form. Clubs can submit any materials they chose as the items relate to the specified criteria.

Recipients of the “Optimist Club of the Year” will receive one paid convention registration, a banner patch, an award and the opportunity to compete for the Overall Optimist Club of the Year.

Overall Optimist Club of the Year

The Overall Optimist Club of the Year is the highest achievement an Optimist Club can attain in the Optimist organization. The eight “Optimist Clubs of the Year” will be judged and ranked by multiple judges. The recipient of this prestigious award will be chosen regardless of number of Members, or Region and will be known as the “Best Overall Club” in Optimist International.

Community outreach and impact on children and Members from projects throughout the year will be considered as part of the judging, using same criteria as Optimist Club of the Year.

The Club named the Overall Optimist Club of the Year will receive one round-trip airline ticket to the Optimist International Convention, a banner patch, an award and an article in The Optimist magazine and on the Optimist website.