On Saturday, November 14, 2020 nine members of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist International Club of San Diego, California helped “Green the Environment” in an activity that was accomplished safely and yet with shared comradery. The Junior Optimists joined San Diego County Park Rangers in the planting of trees in the County’s Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. The Club members split up into two groups and with Park Rangers each group spent the morning planting trees along the Preserve’s trails. Even through the masks, the smiles of accomplishment of their contribution to the planet and its inhabitants, can be felt, even if not seen. Creative ways to participate in constructive community service activities are being found by the Junior Optimists even in these most challenging times.
Hello,Thanks to those who could join for our Zoom meeting yesterday. We got a lot decided, info shared and had some laughs!
This is where we’re at: *we discovered those who do not have a paid Zoom account can’t do some of the basic security that we are asking. 🙁 SO if you do not have a paid account and want to still help — pick your day and time and let us know. Someone with a paid account will create the meeting and log in with you and give you co-host capability. The list of Zoom Helpers is attached. *we have a few meetings set up (see below). But now we need you to fill in your times and zones. Thinking two each to start. I have sent the below list to Stephanie already so we could start letting people know about them. Ideally by May 1? Then we’ll see if more is needed. ALSO please decide if you are doing a beginner (people will come on and ‘practice’) OR how to host a meeting (club presidents, etc). You may get both in all sessions but figured it’ll be easier to try to set the parameters. *we’ve decided to not have an agenda per se – though we do recommend you be prepared to talk about: what is an authenticated attendee (needs a Zoom account); how chat works; what is host duties; share screen, polls, break out rooms, white board (all only available to the host) and resources. Attached is a resource document – it has some general info about Zoom; basic and advanced security (basic will be used for these meetings); some YouTube videos with general ’stuff’ and a few infographics. Be prepared to answer a variety of questions. And remember – Google is your friend!
To make life a bit easier, here is the security info you’ll need to create these meetings: BASICS for security: Turn on:password waiting roomregistration• with custom question “What is the name of your Optimist Club?”• added to standard questions “State/Province” to gather metrics• changed it from automatically approved to “manually approved”• turned on Notification to send host email when someone registers (so I can be speedy at approvingEmail Settings (under registration) Edited;• Added; “This session is to help Optimists learn how to set up a meeting using the Zoom platform. In addition, we will look at the different host controls and how to and when to use them. If you’re simply looking for how to attend a Zoom meeting as a participant, there is another series coming soon just for that purpose. Zoom you soon!” (NOTE: Please change if you’re hosting a beginner session)**This can be saved as a template so you don’t have to do it every time!
Date Day Time Host Type Registration Link
4/21/20 Tuesday 8:00 PM Eastern Tracy Huxley Beginners https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sfu2hpz0rG9KwuWdgbuWYwcmWics0tDhq
4/22/20 Wednesday 12:00 PM Eastern Bonnie Jean Sherbert Beginners https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvfumuqTgvGdeePSOsHVG-VwDuFXbve7Fk
4/23/20 Thursday 6:00 PM Eastern Tracy Huxley How to Host A Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkduChqD8tHdbwF5dPoJREPlCJKDcPHCCI
4/25/20 Saturday 10:00 AM Eastern Bonnie Jean Sherbert Beginners https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudOmrrD8vGdbNsZm8xCv2TdTLMUrwFEnU
4/26/20 Sunday 2:00 PM Eastern Becky Mahoney (Tracy) Beginners https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcOqgqzkrHNcXOCRefntkv9R5adlzzry
4/27/20 Monday 5:00 PM CDT Diane Siefkes Beginners https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfuqqpjkqGd2JuDLlJom15RdqQ1NUjUsu
4/29/20 Wednesday 6:00 PM MST Diane Siefkes Beginners https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYude-oqTMtHdbsnqBTBrsstwXqqtrJo5Ti
Whew! This is a lot, thanks for hanging in there! Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone of us if you have any questions. And once again, thank you for your willingness to step into the void. You are really making a difference!
Diane #iMagine #PromiseYourself
The essay winner for our district is Isabella Buckley from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She is 17 years old and was sponsored by the El Cajon Club!
Lynn Reiter Woodhead, Past Governor
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|Special Webinar: Zoom for Optimism
Using Zoom to facilitate Optimist Club business in the new world of Social Distancing. After watching the Zoom tutorials and learning how to use Zoom, let’s take some time to practice some key skills and talk about how to apply our knowledge of the technology to our Optimist Club business. Learn how you can use this technology to stay in touch with your membership, drive communication and conduct club business while encouraging social distancing and healthy choices.
When: 7 p.m., U.S. Central time, Monday, March 30Where: Zoom
Click here to register.
Get a leg up on this training, by clicking here for official Zoom video tutorials.
And that’s not all…
Coronavirus has also impacted our ability to hold Oratorical contests. We have provided guidance on how to hold an online Oratorical contest. In addition, President Adrian Elcock announced this week that we would not be holding the Optimist Oratorical World Championship in St. Louis, and are working to produce a fully online competition.
Our April 20 webinar will be devoted to training to hold an online Oratorical contest via Zoom. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, then the March 30 webinar will be a good introduction. Both events will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions.
Upcoming Webinar ScheduleAll Webinars are held on Monday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. U.S. Central Time. French materials are available. Save the date! Registration links will be forthcoming. Webinars will be archived here for viewing later: www.optimist.org/member/LeadershipWebinars.cfm.
In light of recent world events, we are extending the deadline for submitting the Club Officer-Elect Report (COER) to September 1, 2020. Submitting. this report is still a requirement to achieve Honor Club. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
À la lumière des récents événements mondiaux, nous reportons au 1er septembre 2020 la date butoir pour la remise du Rapport d’élection des dirigeants de club. La remise de ce rapport demeure l’une des exigences à satisfaire pour obtenir le statut de Club d’honneur. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous avez des questions.
Sr. Director of Leadership Development & Club Support
|My Fellow Optimists,
There is a Barbadian saying that goes “These days are funny nights”! I am not sure if the origin is Barbadian but it is something that I grew up hearing.
It is a saying that we use when things are so askew that we do not know if it is day or night. That’s how I felt over the last three weeks while leading this organization in the environment of unprecedented changes to our global landscape because of the novel coronavirus- COVID19.
Working closely with our Board and our Staff we recognized early that the virus had the potential to significantly disrupt our operations and a decision was taken by the Board to immediately put our members on notice and prepare our staff and headquarters to continue serving our membership.
Over the last few weeks, you would have received numerous communications from our Headquarters providing guidance to our members on their personal health and safety, meeting protocols, and projects and programs. Our intent was clear…COVID 19 is something that had the potential to impact us all in a very negative way and we needed to be focused and deliberate in how we prepared for it to ensure the safety and well-being of our members, our staff, and the communities that we serve.
With no end in immediate sight, and with world leaders declaring National Emergencies in their respective countries, it became clear that our organization had to take additional steps to protect the organization and its members and staff. As your International President, I and the Board of Directors, have made the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 International Convention in Chicagoland. We have further decided that other large gathering activities sponsored by Optimist International would have to be cancelled or reimagined. As such, the Board has decided that we will also cancel the Junior Optimist International Convention and our Junior Golf Championships in Miami, Florida. We will also not host our Optimist Oratorical World Championships in St. Louis but, if practical, we will execute it as a fully online competition.
Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our Membership, Staff, the communities we serve, and those who participate in Optimist International events. All of us are susceptible to becoming infected; however, many of our members fall into the most vulnerable or high-risk categories as defined by the Global Health Experts. As an organization dedicated to health, we do not want to put any of our members, staff or friends in harm’s way. With our membership and competitors distributed throughout the world, we also face many uncertainties regarding travel restrictions and violation of laws.
To say that I am not devastated would be an understatement. This has been an extremely difficult period in my Presidency witnessing first-hand how our organization has been affected by this Global Pandemic called COVID-19. However, I am buoyed by the amazing support that I have received through prayer, our Board, our Staff, and our members. We have tried our best to replace uncertainty with certainty; to remove the pall of darkness and replace it with clarity of focus; and to remove pessimism and replace it with unbridled optimism.
It is Optimism that requires me to implore you to remove the veil of darkness and replace it with an armor of light. To see opportunity when others see threats. To reimagine our wonderful organization and prepare you to find new ways to carry out the work we have been called upon to do. We are not canceling Optimism. We are canceling some events to keep our Optimist Family safe. Optimism cannot be defeated. We are iMagining new ways to bring you imaginative and exciting programs during this time.
We are Optimists! Remain active in your communities. This is a time for Optimists to shine. It’s a time to re-iMagine how we serve our communities and those who reside in them. We might have to cancel our gatherings but we do not have to put a hold on our good deeds. It’s time to put our minds, hearts and souls together and find ways to bring optimism and service to our neighbors.
Yours in Optimism,
Adrian M. Elcock