Endorsed Organizations

Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
Marcos Nava
Community Organizations – Staff Advisor
Membership Impact Department
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
P.O. Box 15207
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Ph: (972) 580-2284

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
Rose Santini
Director of National Programs/Southeast Region
5556 Hwy. 200
Hazen, ND 58545
Ph: (701) 748-5946

Ronald McDonald House Charities
110 North Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 630-623-7048
E-mail: info@rmhc.org

United Service Organizations (USO)
Lisa Ferrari
USO Relationship Manager, Clubs and Organizations
2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22201
Ph: (703) 740-4938

Publicize Your Club's Partnership with an Endorsed Organization
Optimist International has developed a basic news release that Clubs can use in connection with their partnership with an Endorsed Organization. Below are sample news releases that Clubs can use to promote their activities. Please note that the .doc version enables users to type their information into fields*, while the .pdf files are for viewing only.

Endorsed Organization (.docx)

Endorsed Organization (.pdf)

*If your Optimist Club or District wishes to use its own letterhead, you can remove the Optimist International logo in the document by opening up the Word document, going to "View," then "Toolbars" and selecting "Forms." When the "Forms" toolbar appears, click on the padlock, then click on the Optimist logo and delete it. For those using Microsoft Office 2007, click on the Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner, go to "Word options" and then select the box next to "Show the Developer tab in the Ribbon" and click "OK." Above the document, click the "Developer" tab and then click on the "Protect Document" drop-down menu. Click on "Restrict Formatting and Editing." At the bottom of the new window to the right, click the "Stop Protection" button.