As we continue to add new members at our club level, many of the District Clubs will qualify for additional recognition ... provided that you make the effort to meet the requirements.
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Several years ago, Optimist International adopted a standard Club and District Recognition Program to recognize those clubs that contributed to the growth of Optimism in their local communities.

Clubs only receive a Club recognition if they meet the minimum requirements and the Club executive make sure that all the "paperwork" is submitted by specific due dates.  This tutorial will explain the three "Club Recognition Awards" and how to meet those requirements.

Club Recognition

All Club Recognition awards are designed to recognize those clubs that have contributed to their local communities by running OI Youth Programs and/or community service projects, add new members, be current on dues, and recognize a club member or local community individual.
"Bringing Out the Best" Club
Clubs will receive a banner patch (first time award is bestowed to the club) and a year bar thereafter, if during the Optimist year the club:
  • Completes at least two service projects (submit a President's Pride Report)
  • Adds at least one new member
  • Be current on District and OI dues
  • Recognize a Club member or local community individual

Honor Club
Clubs will receive a banner patch (first time award is bestowed to the club) and a year bar with the Club President's name, if during the Optimist year the club:
  • Completes at least three service projects (submit a President's Pride Report)
  • Adds enough new members so that Club growth is Net +1 (on September 30th, your club's active membership is one member higher than the active membership for October 1st of the previous calendar year).
  • Be current on District and OI dues
  • Recognize a Club member or local community individual

Distinguished Club
Clubs will a banner patch (first time award is bestowed to the club), a year bar with the Club President's name, a watch for the Club President, and a citation for the Club President, Secretary and Treasurer, if during the Optimist year the club:
  • Meets the Honor Club criteria, plus
  • Has Net +15 in Club membership growth, or charters a new Optimist club.

Submit a President's Pride Report

There are two ways to submit a President's Pride Report for the 2012-13 Optimist Year:
  • Complete the PDF version of the report and fax it to Optimist International no later than 30 September 2013.  Canadian clubs should mail or email a copy to the Canadian Service Bureau, OR
  • Complete the Online President's Pride Report from optimistleaders.org (only the Club President or Secretary can submit the online version).

Recognize a Club Member or Local Community Individual

To meet this requirement, the Club President must submit a signed "Award Certification Document".  Canadian Clubs must submit to the Canadian Service Centre, U.S. Clubs must submit to Optimist International Headquarters.  This form must be submitted so it is received by September 30th, 2013 so leave yourself enough time for the mail to deliver it.

Clubs have the choice of:
  • Recognizing a Club member with an award, or
  • Recognizing a local community individual with an award.

If your Club does not have a club level award, it can choose to recognize a Club member by requesting a "President's Citation" from Optimist International.  This request must be submitted by the Club President so that is received by the Optimist International office no later than August 31st, 2013.  Canadian Clubs should also ensure that a copy of the request form is mailed to the Canadian Service Centre so that it is received by August 31st, 2013.

Do Not Assume

It is always better to be sure than to be disappointed ...
Never Assume that your Reports or Requests have been received by the Optimist International office or Canadian Service Centre ... you should always call to confirm:
  • that the item you submitted was received and that no additional information is required, or
  • that your club has met the requirements for the Club Award (for example, how many charter members are required for a new club to meet the Distinguished Club requirements).
Clubs can contact:
  • Canadian Clubs - call (514) 593-4401 or (800) 363-7151
  • U.S. Clubs - call (314) 371-6000 or (800) 500-8130



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