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Joshua Zaidel
SWIS Governor 2016-2017
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Greetings Fellow Optimists,

 The 2016-17 Optimist Year is finally off and running! It seemed like it was so far away, and now the time has come, our team has the ball, and it is our turn to keep the momentum going. We are coming off two fabulous years of positive pushes in Optimist International - hats off to Past International Presidents Ken Garner and David Bruns for their leadership and foresight.

2016-17 is the year of the "Honor Club." We are returning to the basics that helped us grow for decades. We do not grow for the sake of growth, but rather to enhance our ability to serve more youth, provide Optimism to more communities, and develop personally as we serve others and have fun! That is the real beauty and strength of Optimist International. I ask every Optimist to work toward Honor Club status. This is a tried and true way to help your Club stay strong and continue to serve our youth and out communities. Together We Can!

The Honor Club criteria is a road map to success for any Club. It will take commitment on everyone's part for our Clubs to attain Honor Club. When our Clubs achieve Honor Club status, the organization stays strong and vibrant, and able to serve others. Together We Can!

So, let's all make a commitment to ourselves, our Clubs and Optimist International. Let's make the "Year of the Honor Club" a great one! Just think - if 30 Clubs in each District become Honor Club, the Optimist International organization will touch the lives of over 50,000 youth that were not served before. The Clubs will be stronger, and the organization as a whole will have grown because we shared our time and talents to help others. Together We Can!

 As Seth Godin says: "'If you don't start, you can't fail.' It sounds ridiculous when you say it that way. But of course, it is ridiculous. It's (quite possibly) the reason you're stalling. On the other hand, there's no doubt that, 'If you don't start, you will fail.' Not starting and failing head to precisely the same outcome, with different names."

 Together We Can!

 Jim Kondrasuk

2016-17 International President



SWIS Optimists:

Welcome to the SWIS District website. It is an honor to be selected as Governor for the SWIS District for the 2016 - 2017 Optimist year.  In keeping with the Optimist International theme, Optimists bring out the best in kids, in their communities and in themselves.

I am humbled to be your Governor for the 16-17 optimist year! I am very excited for my opportunity to help move our district and the clubs in Southern Wisconsin forward to a great future. We have wonderful optimists throughout the district doing great things in their community. My theme for the year is: Turning Walls Into Bridges. We have many walls within our organizations, and they are hindering out ability to serve even more youth. These barriers include age gaps in our membership, diversity of our members, ability of our small clubs to make big differences in their communities, and many more. Let’s work together this year to make our CLUBS, our ZONES, and this DISTRICT as strong as it ever has been. Together we can… turn walls intro bridges.


Josh Zaidel
SWIS Governor 2016 - 2017


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