Hi, Optimists: Instead of the usual President’s letter for this month’s Clarion, Editor Steve and I agreed to make this a short form of a question/answer style interview. This idea is one shared with OCL by the Kiwanis Club of Columbine whose representatives visited our club recently. A first question concerns my most memorable activity so far during this Optimist Year. Although many experiences stand out, I believe that seeing the excitement and competitive nature of kids at our annual District Brain Bowls, at our own Know Brainer and at the Bowling Tournament were all highlights. Participating as a Brain Bowl reader added urgency, drama, humor and tension to these experiences.
Comparing this year so far to my first stint as Club President, I have focused more this second time on the need to look ahead to upcoming events, planning for people to be involved in activities and thinking of new events to plan for the club. One good example of this latter item is introducing a more socially oriented activity such as having one evening meeting per month as a break from our usual 7 am breakfast meetings.
A constant and continuing issue in this second term is that of attracting new members Optimists. Suggestions to my successor President-elect Douglas Smith (also a second timer) would include continuing to encourage present members to look for every opportunity to invite potential new members at the various Optimist activities. Inviting non-members to our evening social gatherings in particular is an important way to continue seeking such new members.
Finally, an exciting new development is that of setting up some reciprocal visits with other local service organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary. Future Optimist leaders might well continue this trend and look for ways to share ideas and to possibly collaborate in various activities such as our Flag program, as an example.
Hank Fischer, Club President  JUNE 2017
BUG AWARDS Field Elementary Final assembly of 2016-2017
Great kids, great OCL program!
Hank Fischer, President