The DMM District Governor took a chance on sending an editorial to papers across the DMM District. She sent the editorial on Monday Dec 30. The Brookings Registrar published the editorial on Tuesday Dec 31. Watch the local papers across the DMM for the article. It will be interesting to know how many papers publish the editorial and what interest it generates in the community.
By: Sally Damm Norby, governor of Optimist DMM District – Updated: 2 days ago
Addictions, loneliness, suicide and depression affect all economic, social, gender, age and geographical identification markers. Immediate actions that support, empower and develop skills to manage mental health may be found within Optimist. Optimist International (https://www.optimist.org/) has introduced new programs that spark creativity and involve community. Your community can come together in a positive manner using these tools to combat the negative outcomes.
Promoting optimist competencies that cultivate personal growth, self-confidenceand personal and professional skills may be tools that provide opportunities that result in positive outcomes. Since each club, in the Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota District (DMM) is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. Optimist Clubs see a need in their community and react to it.
It will take courage, from all of us. Courage to embrace transformation. Courage to walk away from the routine. Courage to make choices today to secure a better future for youth and community. As governor of the DMM Optimist International (OI) District it is with pleasure that I introduce creative alternatives that may be used as a tool to enhance educational lesson plans, build a resume and develop life skills:
• Optimist Visual Arts Competition: Students age 11 and younger can participate in painting or drawing with the theme “iMagine Being an Optimist.” Competition will take place at both the club and international levels with International winners receiving scholarships of $250, $150 and $100.
• Optimist Photography Competition: Students will submit photos that best exemplify the Optimist Creed. This competition will be based at the club level and will be open to all students who have not yet started post-secondary education.
• Kids Speak Out: This is an old favorite with fresh, new energy. Students age 11 and younger can practice for the Optimist Oratorical competition while clubs can foster a pool of future Oratorical participants. This year’s theme is “iMagine Being an Optimist.”
• iMagine: A Kaleidoscope of the Performing Arts: Create your own performing arts showcase to highlight the talent in your community! Our new guide to help you make your event a success from auditions to encore.
• Optimists Spark Fun in the Park: Work with JOI, College Optimist clubs and other adult Optimists to create a fun day in a local park for children of all ability levels. Our new guide will offer activity ideas, promotion ideas, practical advice and more.
• Optimist International officially sponsors several International Programs: Childhood Health and Wellness, Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and the organization’s scholarship contests (Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Respect for Law and Youth and Government.
People sometimes ask, “Why now?” The answer, because we can’t wait to bring the best out in youth, in ourselves, and in our communities. Find an Optimist club in your area or to start a club in your service area https://www.optimist.org/join.cfm
Become an Optimist.