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Les Dome
2017 - 2018
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Friday through Sunday, August 10-11-12
Boarders Inn & Suites ~ Grand Island, Nebraska

Full Steam Ahead!
Getting on Track for a Successful Nebraska District Optimist Year!

Convention Registration is now Open

Go to the orange "conference plan" tab  and follow the instructions provided.

August 10-12 
Boarders Inn and Suites in Grand Island
Reserve Rooms NOW --$98.77 Convention Rate expires July 30!

Leadership Training will be held on Friday, August 10

Clubs are encouraged to send Presidents-Elect
and Secretary - Treasurer Designates to learn the tricks of the trade and get some new ideas for energizing clubs and the district!  It's free and fun!

Lt. Governors for each of the 9 zones will meet to plan,
organize and train for their 2018-19 positions!

Training Schedule    [click here]

Don't miss this valuable opportunity with Optimist International
Certified Trainer Tracy Huxley from Ontario, Canada

Great weekend plans for Optimists! 

Leadership Training
Those serving the districts and their clubs as Lt. Governors, Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers for the 2018-2019 year will be involved in training during the day.

Then!  A fun evening in the Grand Island "Railside" area!

There are a variety of shops, restaurants, breweries, bars,
a chocolate shop and other locations to explore and enjoy! 
Maps and descriptions will be provided soon. 
The Grand Theatre has been restored to its origianal historical beauty. 
Tickets are $5.50 and the show starts at 7:15.
And, of course, there are trains!  Full Steam Ahead!
There is ample free parking in the area, but please sign up as there are plans to arrange shuttle service.

Downtown Grand Island - [Dining Map]   [Shopping Map]


Saturday features learning and sharing sessions, fun activities, games and another adventure into the Grand Island Community.  Keep watching for updates as the details become available! 
Convention business includes election and policy changes.
Two candidates are running for Governor-Elect and nominations
will be taken from the floor.  Voting will be done by ballot.

Candidate resumes and policy proposals are provided here:
Mary Lou Andersen   [ click here ]     Linda Wheeler  [click here]

Current District Policies  [click here ]        Proposed changes [click here ]

OI Representative Tracy Huxley will address the group after dinner.

Special Program!
"Comfort Dogs" 

Learn about the program and meet the Golden Retrievers
that are sent in to assist victims after disasters 
such as hurricanes and shootings.  These special animals are trained in Grand Island!

Memorial Service:
please notify Chaplain Marvin Shimmel of those to be honored
Old Timer's Breakfast and Program


What's on your club Profile Page?
Your calendar can be shared with the whole district!
Want to know more?
Have something you'd like to have on the website?
Have an idea you want to share?

Charlene at
 or Ardis at
for help and to learn more!

Communication is a key to success!  Here is another tool!

Optimist International has created new logos for every club!
Here is the link to download the new logo designed for YOUR Club!
Excellent way to promote your club!


Information on: 

Childhood Cancer, Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest,
Junior Golf, Awards and Achievements
and other District Programs are on the Website!

Go the the YELLOW "Youth Programs" Menu

Select "District Programs" and then the Program of Interest
"More Details" provides contact information, forms and other particulars

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Each club has a profile page on this website! Add photos, information and events. It's easy! To find out how click "request information" under the Resources/Information tab on the Home Page!
Come to Columbus
Second Quarter Conference
Communication: Key to Success! Have fun! Learn new skills! Meet New People! Check out the details and come to Columbus February 2 and 3!
Save the Date!
April 13-15, 2018
Third Quarter Conference in North Platte Theme: Members and Membership See details at the Conference Tab
Don't Miss It!
57th Annual Convention
August 10-12, 2018 Grand Island NE Boarders Inn & Suites Theme: Learning and Leading!

Optimist Calendar
 September 2018 

Governor's Message
There are times I feel we should ask ourselves, "are we doing enough for the youth of our communities?" As an officer of the Nebraska District of Optimist International, I feel I have a responsibility to encourage our members to strive to think of ways we can do better in our communities to help our youth get every opportunity to learn and grow, to become adults knowing that collectively our Optimist clubs across the state worked hard at giving them that opportunity. If you are not an Optimist currently, consider joining our wonderful organization. If you are an Optimist then ask yourself, "are we doing enough?"
Les Dome
2017 - 2018
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