Each District meeting includes a series of workshops hosted by the various District Chairs.  Here is the schedule for the 1st Quarter District Conference in Edmonton, AB during the weekend of 18-19 October 2013.  Locations for each seminar will be announced Saturday morning before lunch.

Saturday, 19 October - 1:15 to 3:00 pm

  • Presidents Workshop - hosted by Leadership Chair Edie McInnes (Required attendance by all Club Presidents)

Saturday, 19 October - 1:15 to 2:05 pm

  • JOOI Clubs - Benefits to sponsoring Clubs
    hosted by Sue Bridgeford and Amanda McCrimmon
  • Youth Projects - Child Injury Prevention
    hosted by the Edmonton Dinner Optimist Club
  • Youth Projects - Optimist Spelling Bee
    hosted by the Leduc Black Gold Optimist Club
  • Oratorical/Essay - Scholarships available
    hosted by Oratorical/Essay Chair Dick Mastel

Saturday, 18 May - 2:10 to 3:00 pm

  • District Web Pages - See What's New - Let's Get Yammered
    hosted by Web Services Chair Gord Welling
  • Childhood Cancer Do you need ideas
    hosted by CCC Chair Dan Petersen
  • New Club Building - Q&A
    hosted by NCB Chair Gary Cross
Download the entire Conference Agenda.

Each District meeting includes a series of workshops hosted by the various District Chairs.  Here is the schedule for the 3rd Quarter District Conference in Billings, BT during the weekend of 17-18 May 2013.  Locations for each seminar will be announced Saturday morning before the lunch break.

Saturday, 18 May - 1:15 to 2:05 pm

  • PGI - hosted by PGI Chair Jeff Barnhart
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign - hosted by CCC Chair Edie McInnes
  • Youth Clubs - hosted by NCB Chair Glen Kreller
  • Building Non-Traditional Optimist Clubs - Past Gov Don Morrison

Saturday, 18 May - 2:10 to 3:00 pm

  • Membership (are you really recruiting) - hosted by Jeff Barnhart
  • NCB (Let new clubs begin) - hosted by NCB Chair Glen Kreller
  • Internet Safety - hosted by Internet Safety Chair Brian Wallace
The official announcement article on what the Optimist Academy is and how Optimist members can take advantage of all the training opportunities.
By:  Optimist Academy Faculty
We finally made it and our doors are ready to open.  Welcome to our brand new Optimist Academy education website.  Starting today (May 15, 2013) we are open for business and waiting for your participation and comments.

Our mission is to provide a one-stop shopping experience for online training.  Instead of having to hunt around different websites, we are trying to act as the central clearing house to meet your training needs.

What kind of training is available

When you visit us, you will be able to find training that is being offered as:

All of our learning offerings will focus on Optimist material ... you won't find any tutorials on building websites or Facebook pages.  What you will find is material about club administration, fund raising, recruiting new members, building new clubs, running optimist youth programs and community service projects ... and any other Optimist topics you recommend.

What if I can't find the tutorial I am looking for?

Not to worry ... we offer a special "contact Us" form so you can ask us to build a tutorial to meet your needs.

I have hosted workshops in the past ...

Some of our members have hosted workshops at District conferences and conventions in the past and may be interested in adding those to our collection of single lesson tutorials.  We invite you to contribute your talent by writing a tutorial for us, or by joining our faculty as a contributing instructor.

What about the "how to build a website" tutorials

We are pleased to also announce the launch of our new Put Your Club Online website which is similar to the Optimist Academy website except that it is focused on providing tutorials, videos and online seminars about build websites and blogs, using social media, and some software reviews.