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  District Home  |  Officer Directory  |  Newsletters        Monday, March 30, 2015
Welcome to the Southern Wisconsin District Of Optimist International District Updates


Welcome to the 2014-2015
‘Bringing out the Best In Everyone’

Jeff Kuchenbecker

Jeff Kuchenbecher - SWIS Optimists - 2014-15

SWIS District Governor


Welcome to the SWIS District website. Itís my pleasure to be the Governor of the SWIS District for the 2014 Ė 2015 Optimist year. This year our theme is ďBringing Out the Best in EveryoneĒ. I truly believe that everyone benefits from having an Optimist Club in their community.

My goals for this next year are:

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.

1. Letís offer the Optimist experience to six more communities: Southern Wisconsin has a lot of communities that currently donít have an Optimist Club. There are a lot of kids that are not benefiting from the programs and projects an Optimist Club can offer. Building six new clubs means that nearly 3000 more kids can be served. Many of us know friends and family that currently live in these communities. Please share their names with me so that we can start a conversation that might lead to that new club.

2. Letís Get Visible: I want to see all of our clubs become more visible in their communities, by starting a new relationship with a local school or community center. Once that relationship has been made, the District will to help the club by offering a $50 rebate on the first year dues of a school or community center employee that becomes a club member.

3. Letís be Generous: I am looking for 100 Optimists to join me in the Dime-A-Day giving program for the Optimist International Foundation. OIF needs our continued support to keep offering the annual scholarships for our Oratorical, Essay and CCDHH contests. If you give, I will too. I will personally match the $36.50 donation of every new Dime-A-Day giver during this next year. If the response exceeds my goal. That would be perfect. Letís see how big we can make this!! 

Jeff Kuchenbecker
SWIS Governor 2014-2015



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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