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Third Quarter District Conference in Alpharetta

It’s going to be a GRAND SLAM as we swing for the bleachers at the GATEway District’s Third Quarter Conference at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta in Alpharetta, Georgia, May 5-7, 2017! Governor Rudy and his team have planned an “Out of the Park” extravaganza. Just look what’s in store for you!
• The District’s annual Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
• The Districts’s Oratorical Contest
• Leadership Development Training Classes
• Election of our Lieutenant Governors for the 2017-2018 year
• Optimist International Foundation’s “President’s March”
• A “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” evening with food, fun, games, karaoke and a whole lot more

So fellow Optimists put on that favorite baseball jersey, slide into those comfortable jeans, don your baseball cap and come prepare to have a grand old time as we celebrate the accomplishments of our young people! Don’t wait! Register now! Let’s step up to the plate in Alpharetta!

To register click here.


2nd Quarter 2017 District Conference

Put on your top hats – it’s time for some razzle dazzle at the GATEway District’s Second Quarter Conference at the historic Read House Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, February 10-12, 2017

Dont’ miss this extravaganza! There’s going to be a lot of glitz and glam as Governor Rudy and his team bring us more fun and games, great training and the inspiration to serve more youth and communities.

Past Governor Tony and his team will dazzle us at the annual District Awards Program

  • A “Glitz and Glam” Party/Dance (Come formal or in your Sunday best)
  • Leadership Development will inform us by providing training on how to run a successful club meeting, club marketing, growth, and introduce another new personal enrichment program.
  • GATEway will induct a new Hall of Fame member

So mark your calendars, dust off the old tuxedo or your Sunday best, go shopping for that new frock and come to Chattanooga to strut your stuff!

Paypal or make checks payable to”GATEway District Optimist Internatioinal and send with registration form to: Joey Richardson, P. O. Box 133, Summerville, GA 30747. Pre-registration must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 27, 2017. Cancellation, if necessary, must be made no later than Monday,February 6, 2017.You may reach Joey by email at or telephone: cell 706.505.2028, work 706.857.3414.

To register online, go to

Make hotel accommodations directly with the hotel: Read House, 827 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, telephone: 423.266.4121 (Rate: $119.00). Hotel cut-off date is January 11, 2017. After January 11, 2017 room rate may may increase and reservations will depend on availability. Be sure to indicate you are with the GATEway District of Optimist International.