Dear NC East Optimists,
I am honored to represent our District in the coming year! Thank you for placing your trust in me to serve as your Governor this year.
What a strange and uneasy year we have experienced so far in 2020! We have all been more isolated than probably any other time in our lives and we have missed the fellowship with each other in our clubs and in our District meetings. We are not certain when we can resume our normal routines,
but we will head into the new year with optimistic thoughts and plans and hope for the best!
Although our future may not look so rosy, due to Optimist membership dwindling down each year and now with COVID19 quarantines and policies – but I sincerely believe that there is no better time in our history to begin to rebuild our District, our clubs and our great Optimist organization than Right Now!
I am asking each of you to help us all to become a powerful team of Optimists who are thinking only of the best, working only for the best and expecting only the best. Let’s all “Choose Optimism” and remember to go the “extra mile” to make things better for ourselves and our communities!
NC East District
Optimist International President Mark Weinsoff is on a mission to convert Optimist International from a Service Club Organization to an Optimist Organization that focuses on service to youth. That is why he is asking all Optimist Clubs to Choose Optimism in every gathering. Optimist Clubs provide the five essential elements of well-being and should focus on delivering these things:
In this way, we will fulfill our mission:
by providing hope and positive vision Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
Applied Optimism; three things you can do every day to increase happiness.
Positive Intent: Before getting out of bed in the morning think of something you will do that day to make a positive difference in the world.
Mindfulness: Take time every day to meditate. Even two minutes of focus breathing has health benefit and will refresh your mind. Take time to do this in the middle of the day.
Gratitude: Before going to bed list three things in a gratitude journal you experienced that day for which you are grateful. Focusing on positive moments increases our awareness of positive events and reduces our focus of negative events.
For 2020-2021, Choose Optimism is our defining message. Throughout the year we will also share ideas about how and why Optimists choose to be upbeat with our quarterly themes:
It is our belief that these themes will spark creativity, encourage engagement, and foster enthusiasm for all Optimist Club members.
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