In order to help students remain Optimists, Optimist International is offering all Junior Optimists graduating from high school a free membership for any adult or college Optimist Club. The adult Optimist Club will not be billed a $15.00 processing fee OR international dues for a full calendar year. This is a great opportunity for all Optimist Clubs and Junior Optimist Members! Please encourage any graduating Junior Optimists to take advantage of this opportunity by joining either their local Club, or a Club where they will be attending college. If your Club has a graduating Junior Optimist senior who wishes to take advantage of this offer, contact or call 800-500-8130 ext. 226.

GATEway District Convention

Guys in Ties…Girls in Pearls!

The GATEway District is going to celebrate Guys in Ties…Girls in Pearls at the Second Annual GATEway District Convention in Savannah, Georgia at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel, August 25-27, 2017.

Its time for Optimists to come together and celebrate our accomplishments, begin our fourth quarter push, train our new leadership, elect a new governor and have some good old Optimist fun. So guys and girls bring your good times and come ready to strut your stuff! We’re going to party in the “Hostess City of the South”, famous for its hospitality, fine cuisine and southern charm.

Paypal or make checks payable to ”GATEway District Optimist International” and send with registrationform to: Joey Richardson, P. O. Box 133, Summerville, GA 30747. Pre-registration must be postmarkedno later than Friday, August 18, 2017. Cancellation, if necessary, must be made no later than Friday, August 18, 2017. You may reach Joey by email at or telephone: cell 706.506.2028, work 706.857.3414.
Make hotel accommodations directly with the hotel: Marriott Savannah Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31401, telephone: 912.233.7722 (Rate: $126.00). Hotel cutoff date is July 24, 2017. After July 24, 2017 room rate may increase and reservations will depend on availability. Be sure to indicate you are with the GATEway District of Optimist International.

Because bringing out the best in kids is only part of it!