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Governor’s Message

2017-2018 WINUM District – Governor Tony Yaggie

I would again like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your service to our Youth in the WINUM District of Optimist International. Your diligent work with the Youth in your communities has left a high regard for the values we follow in our Optimist Creed. You should be proud of what you and your club have accomplished; the time you have spent improving someone else’s life will reward you many times over at the end of the day.

I have completed the process of drafting a 2017-2018 Action Plan for our WINUM District. This plan will incorporate our vision for the future; once again I’m asking each of you who are reading this message to share with me what you would like to see for the future of the WINUM District. I’m looking for your suggestions on how you would like to see our WINUM District develop Leadership for future growth utilizing our experiences with thought, research, reflection and discussion: The Action Plan goals for moving the WINUM District forward to build and improve on past successes.

WINUM District Action Plan highlights training and a “net gain of 3” or more members in each Optimist Club in our WINUM District. Our training and net gain of plus 3 will be continuous throughout 2017-2018. Beginning with our LT. Governors and Presidents, our training will take place in centrally located cities in Wisconsin covering the East and West coasts along with the Central portion of our State and Clubs. We then will focus our training to include Secretaries, Treasurers and Board of Directors. Also, present and new members need to have access to communication from the District and their local Clubs.

Our training will need to create an environment of empowerment throughout the WINUM District of Optimist International. Our training will need to provide knowledge and support with a development of top down to enable and continue to strengthen the WINUM District of Optimist International. Our training will need to look to the future, growing and maintaining the WINUM District of Optimist International, as a strong and healthy organization and attain “net gain of plus 3”. Our training will need to incorporate the Marketing and Communication benefits that can be realized through the exposure and cost benefits of social media. This training will be afforded to each Optimist Member who attends our conferences. Each phase of our training will blend strategies and initiatives with safe guards in place to insure that our momentum is sustained. Our training will need to include Junior Optimist International Clubs where Youth Volunteer Members are involved in a wide variety of community service activities. Our training will need to include JOOI Clubs keeping the youth in our communities involved in their communities and grow these young Optimist Members to future Optimist Leaders.

We will need to maintain strong WINUM District Leadership, we will need to have a full understanding of our Action Plan and be totally committed to its implementation.

We will also need to adhere to the message provided by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friendships;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the World a bet better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”


Tony Yaggie

Governor WINUM District Optimist International