Welcome to the 2013-2014
‘For the Future - Invest in Youth’
SWIS District Governor
I have a deep confidence that we can continue to grow, and enhance
our SWIS District with a great group of dedicated Lt. Governors,
helping me to help you "Bring out the Best in Kids" in your
community. I ask that you please get to know your Lt. Governor,
especially each club president, to lean on them for advice and
guidance. Keep in mind that these individuals have led their local
clubs before assuming positions at the District level; they have
experience that you can tap into and use to make your club the best
it can be in the year ahead.
As each year starts, there are always new goals and objectives. In
the coming year, I'd like to stress my theme "For the Future --
Invest in Youth". If we look back, we can see what can be
accomplished by doing just that. Examples include a youth member of
my own club, Mr. A. J. Cifuentes, who with encouragement and
guidance reached the level of JOOI International President. In fact
he's the second youth member of our club to achieve that rank. We
are so fortunate to have such wonderful young members in our
District. Let us keep the momentum going and have each club guide,
encourage, and teach these youth leadership skills that will
influence their lives in their future. Another example comes from
the Student Optimist club at UW Whitewater. They have undertaken
yearly service trips to the Caribbean, the Southern US States after
hurricanes, and many other areas. They have also given the District
many upcoming leaders, who currently serve the district as Chairs of
committees. They are especially helpful to me, and other "older"
District personnel, in guiding us into the technological age, (which
came before many of us were ready). A huge thanks to them.
I'd certainly like to see more club presidents, board members, and
general members of clubs attend our 4 quarterly gatherings. We're
hoping to make these more "family friendly and fun", and a fact
often forgotten is that each club president is a member of the Board
of the District. You (presidents) have a voice in helping guide this
great organization of Optimist International, and especially our own
"Southern Wisconsin--SWIS" District.
During the coming year, I'd like each of us as club members, to try
and grow personally as well as within and with our respective clubs.
To that end, I'd encourage each club to designate an individual to
promote the Personal Growth and Improvement (PGI) program.
Information on this can be gotten from the District Chair, Vern
Andren, (former Governor) for all clubs.
Secondly, with an emphasis on youth, there are plans to expand the
JOOI presence in the SWIS District. I particularly encourage the
formation of new JOOI clubs in as many communities as possible.
There will be a "Forum" on JOOI at the gathering in Green Lake, our
Combined meeting. Come and learn the nuts and bolts of promoting
Thirdly, I'd also encourage all members to frequently recite and
reflect on the "Optimist Creed". The message in there is fundamental
to all we do as Optimists, particularly in our ongoing efforts to
"Bring out the Best in Kids", and to also be a proud supporter of
youth activities in our communities. Remember they are our future.
Let's train them the best we can. I'm proud to be your Gov--and I
look forward to a great year sharing and building together.
Thanks a million.
SWIS Governor 2013-2014
OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL MISSION
By providing hope, and
positive vision, Optimists
bring out the best in
SWIS DISTRICT VISION STATEMENT
To be the premier youth
serving organization in
Bringing Out the Best In
Kids ... Right Here, Right
THE OPTIMIST CREED
To be so strong that
nothing can disturb your
peace of mind.
To talk health,
happiness and prosperity
to every person you
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
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
To wear a cheerful
countenance at all times
and give every living
creature you meet a
To give so much time to
the improvement of
yourself that you have
no time to criticize
To be too large for
worry, too noble for
anger, too strong for
fear, and too happy to
permit the presence of
Written in 1912 by Christian
D. Larson, adopted by
Optimist International in
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Last Updated on September 9, 2014