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30 Days of Optimism Raffle

You can be the winner of $300 or more in the first GATEway District “30 Days of Optimism” Raffle!

The 30 Days of Optimism Raffle is the first major fund raiser ever run for the GATEway Optimists. Tickets are $30.00 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Each day from April 1, 2018 thru April 30, 2018 a lucky ticket holder becomes the winner of a $300 cash prize. Every ticket provides the holder with 30 chances to win, and there are no rules against being able to win multiple times. With several chances to win you are in the raffle at $1/day!
For the month of April, 2018 go to Georgia Lottery Results and go to the Georgia Cash3 Evening 6:59 drawing each day. If your number matches the number drawn that day, at that drawing time, you are a winner! Also, you may go to our website where you will find the previous days’ winning numbers.

Purchase your tickets today!

Please download and read the complete raffle rules, click:  GATEway Fund Raiser Rules
For an informational flyer, click:  GATEway Fund Raiser Flyer
For instructions on how to purchase a raffle ticket, see below, or click: GATEway Fund Raiser How to Purchase


How to Purchase a Raffle Ticket

  1. Go to our website
  2. On the menu bar find and click on RAFFLE TICKET PURCHASE”
  3. Read instructions on this page and on the bottom of the page enter your 3 digit number then click on Submit
  4. On the next page your number is displayed in the box.  Click Add to Cart
  5. If a message appears “You cannot add that amount of “Ticket # 358” to the cart because there is not enough stock (0 remaining)” Return to #2 and choose another number.
  6. If your number is accepted you will get a message “Ticket #358 has been added to your cart”
  7. If you wish to purchase additional tickets, select Raffle Ticket Purchase
  8. When you are ready to complete your transaction, click on View Cart.
  9. The contents of your cart are displayed and if correct, click on Proceed to Checkout
  10. Fill in the blanks for name, address, phone and email address. Then select your payment method. Under “Company”, enter the club name or club number that you are supporting. When complete, click on Place Order
  11. You will receive an email confirming your order. When the payment is complete (either by PayPal or when your check is received by the Treasurer), you will receive an email notifying you that the transaction is “Complete”. Included in that email is a link to download a copy of your raffle ticket.

Thank you for purchasing a ticket!






2017 “Big John” Ware Optimist of the Year

We are proud to introduce the 2017 “Big John” Ware Optimist of the Year Mr. Howard Shames.

A member of the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club, Howard is a dynamo of energy and ideas. An Optimist for a little over three years, He has utilized his experience as a former corporate CEO to help his club as well as others increase their efficiency and effectiveness in carrying out their internal operations as well as improve and expand their service programs.

As District Public Relations Committee Chair and a member of the Marketing Committee, Howard’s keen understanding of business and marketing strategies lead to the development of the “Club Marketing Kit”. This simple, innovative approach to club marketing is helping to revolutionize how Optimist clubs market themselves and expand the Optimist brand. This kit is being considered for distribution to clubs throughout the Optimist organization.

Howard is also the architect of the very successful “Let’s Defeat Childhood Cancer” IHOP program. He developed and initiated this program, bringing together his club and the local IHOP franchise in Cumming to run a month-long campaign that raised over $3,400 in donations for Optimist International’s Childhood Cancer Campaign. Howard is now training and assisting other clubs in developing similar programs in their communities. The success of the program has the IHOP Corporation considering the possibility of partnering with Optimist International to do a similar program with all their franchisees.

This program is also being expanded to include a ”Children are Our Future” campaign to raise funds for Optimist International’s scholarship programs (Oratorical, Essay and Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing). Howard, working with the Optimist International staff and several GATEway District Clubs plans to launch a pilot program in the Fall of 2017.   

To assist the GATEway District in developing a strategic plan for its future growth, Howard conceived and implemented “The Governor’s Advisory Council”. Made up of the Governor, Governor-Elect, two immediate Past Governors, and four members at large Howard is facilitating this group in developing an effective and sustainable plan for the District’s future growth and development.

Along with his District duties Howard presently serves at the International level as the Chair of the Fundraising Sponsorships Committee. This committee is charged with seeking out and securing funding and sponsorships for all of Optimist International’s programs such as Junior Golf, World Oratorical Championships, etc. The Committee is also working with the Optimist International staff and Districts to develop strategies for implementing fund raising programs at the Club level through Club/corporate partnerships.  Howard is a shining example of what an Optimist of the Year should be!