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  District Home  |  Officer Directory  |  Newsletters        Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Welcome to the Southern Wisconsin District Of Optimist International District Updates


Welcome to the 2013-2014
‘For the Future - Invest in Youth’

George Breadon

George Breadon - SWIS Optimists - 2013-14

SWIS District Governor

I have a deep confidence that we can continue to grow, and enhance our SWIS District with a great group of dedicated Lt. Governors, helping me to help you "Bring out the Best in Kids" in your community. I ask that you please get to know your Lt. Governor, especially each club president, to lean on them for advice and guidance. Keep in mind that these individuals have led their local clubs before assuming positions at the District level; they have experience that you can tap into and use to make your club the best it can be in the year ahead.

As each year starts, there are always new goals and objectives. In the coming year, I'd like to stress my theme "For the Future -- Invest in Youth". If we look back, we can see what can be accomplished by doing just that. Examples include a youth member of my own club, Mr. A. J. Cifuentes, who with encouragement and guidance reached the level of JOOI International President. In fact he's the second youth member of our club to achieve that rank. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful young members in our District. Let us keep the momentum going and have each club guide, encourage, and teach these youth leadership skills that will influence their lives in their future. Another example comes from the Student Optimist club at UW Whitewater. They have undertaken yearly service trips to the Caribbean, the Southern US States after hurricanes, and many other areas. They have also given the District many upcoming leaders, who currently serve the district as Chairs of committees. They are especially helpful to me, and other "older" District personnel, in guiding us into the technological age, (which came before many of us were ready). A huge thanks to them.

I'd certainly like to see more club presidents, board members, and general members of clubs attend our 4 quarterly gatherings. We're hoping to make these more "family friendly and fun", and a fact often forgotten is that each club president is a member of the Board of the District. You (presidents) have a voice in helping guide this great organization of Optimist International, and especially our own "Southern Wisconsin--SWIS" District.

During the coming year, I'd like each of us as club members, to try and grow personally as well as within and with our respective clubs. To that end, I'd encourage each club to designate an individual to promote the Personal Growth and Improvement (PGI) program. Information on this can be gotten from the District Chair, Vern Andren, (former Governor) for all clubs.

Secondly, with an emphasis on youth, there are plans to expand the JOOI presence in the SWIS District. I particularly encourage the formation of new JOOI clubs in as many communities as possible. There will be a "Forum" on JOOI at the gathering in Green Lake, our Combined meeting. Come and learn the nuts and bolts of promoting JOOI

Thirdly, I'd also encourage all members to frequently recite and reflect on the "Optimist Creed". The message in there is fundamental to all we do as Optimists, particularly in our ongoing efforts to "Bring out the Best in Kids", and to also be a proud supporter of youth activities in our communities. Remember they are our future. Let's train them the best we can. I'm proud to be your Gov--and I look forward to a great year sharing and building together. 

Thanks a million.
George Breadon
SWIS Governor 2013-2014



By providing hope, and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in children.


To be the premier youth serving organization in Southern Wisconsin:
Bringing Out the Best In Kids ... Right Here, Right Now.


Promise Yourself-

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Written in 1912 by Christian D. Larson, adopted by Optimist International in 1922.

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