March 29, 2010

Membership is a community effort

Optimist Clubs are just finishing the second quarter of the administrative year.  There is always a lot of jockeying for position at this time of year because whether you believe the year is "half started" or "half over," reality begins to set in.  If you are a club leader, you might ask yourself, will I be able to accomplish everything that you wanted to do in the time that remains? 

Some clubs and leaders might want to adjust their goals.  Others might want to set new ones. Please remember though, as part of an Optimist Club, your goals, your dreams, your mission is shared by others.  There is not a finite ending date.  Our communities will always need our energy.  Our kids will always need our programs.

Another thing that  never changes is the need for new, vibrant people to join us in our endeavors.  We must find caring adults to help us carry out our projects, identify new activities and help us reach more children in a positive way.  Today, I am in Poulsbo, Washington helping their small club become a larger one.  We are touching the community with a walk 'n talk - we walk in to business, talk about Optimist Clubs, talk about community needs, and ask them to get involved. 

We hope to add members.  We hope to build awareness.  By reaching out to people with direct one-to-one contact, we share our positive attitudes with others.  Try it today. It is a good reminder of how nice your community is and how willing merchants and others are to be involved.
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