The NOW event is generally a dinner or series of dinners to which potential
members are extended invitations. During the event, the Optimist Club takes
advantage of its captive audience and shows the service it provides to the
local community. While the NOW event generally includes a meal, some speeches
or presentations and an invitation to join the organization, many Clubs
modify the idea to fit their needs. Most importantly, the event should create
an atmosphere in which new Optimists feel “welcome.”
Zone NOW Event
Clubs interested in replicating a Zone-wide NOW event can follow this suggested timeline. Click here to download the timeline.
For information check out the NOW
Brochure or contact the Member Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most dramatic ways to recruit new Members into the organization
is to start a New Club. Check out the New Club section of the website for
information about how to get started.
Coffee Recruitment Program
“Would you like to get a cup of coffee?” is the line many of us use to suggest sharing in a casual conversation. Coffee Recruitment is a program for Optimist leaders to recruit for long term goals by building new relationships. Building a relationship takes time, but the payoff in the end will be a stronger Club and a stronger bond between Optimists.
Click here to download the Coffee Program brochure. It should be printed on one double-sided page and folded in half.
Optimist Mentoring Program
Once an Optimist Club recruits new Members, it’s important to keep
them! New Member education is essential to maintaining or improving Club
The Optimist Mentoring Program was created by Steve Andersen and Wes Ellis
of the Gresham Optimist Club in the Pacific Northwest District. The program
is a comprehensive new Member education tool designed to increase a Club’s
Member retention. To get started, check out the resources below.
Mentoring Program PowerPoint