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Gov. David Osborne

A Message from Dave Osborne, 2016 - 2017 Indiana South District Governor

One definition of BELIEVE is to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. We began our journey together on October 1 by beginning to IMAGINE. We then began to DREAM. Now I am asking you TO BELIEVE. If we all believe in something, we can act purposefully. How do we do that. We recruit new members to our clubs. By getting new members, we strengthen our club, bring new ideas, bring in new energy and most importantly, serve more KIDS.

We are half way through this Optimist year. This is the year of the Honor Club. Each club should be striving to reach this very important goal. Not just for the honor but more importantly to use it to market your Club. It is much easier to get someone to join your club if they see the Club as being a Club that is vibrant, growing, and active.

I ask you to look all around you and look at the people. Are they a member of your Club? If not, ask them! Do not think about whether they would make a good member. If you do, you may miss someone who could be the 2nd best member of your Club; with you being the 1st. The youth of THE Indiana South District deserve, need, and want to be served by Optimist. It is our job to make that happen!


Governor Dave

31st Dist. Convention
August 11-13, 2017
Holiday Inn Bloomington
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The OPTIMIST difference... it's all in our name!

What differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity is simple -- OPTIMISM. And Optimists take their upbeat approach and work every day to make a difference for themselves and for the people around them. Optimists are people who believe that through positive action in their communities they can create a better tomorrow. 

Our Mission

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.



Promise Yourself...
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

...Optimist International

Purposes of Optimist International

To develop optimism as a philosophy of life;
To promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs;
To inspire respect for law;
To promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people;
To aid and encourage the development of youth;
In the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of man, his community, and the world.

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