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Rebecca Butler Mona 2018-2019 International President
I’m deeply honored and truly thrilled to be teaming with you during our
2018-19 Optimist International Centennial Year! It is so exciting for us to have
the opportunity to serve during this unique and important milestone of our 100th anniversary. We have the chance to celebrate our history, while we also convey our enthusiasm for our future. I believe that who we are and what we do as Optimists are needed now more than ever.
Our Centennial Theme is “Bringing Out the Best into the Next Century” – recognizing that this is not only about celebrating our past 100 years of service, but even more importantly, it’s about the positive impact our Optimist Clubs continue to have today and going forward. We have 4 simple goals for our year together:
Growth: Expand the impact of Optimist International through growth in members and clubs
Engagement / Training: Strengthen Optimist Clubs and members through effective involvement and leadership development
Marketing: Raise the profile of Optimist International and Optimist Clubs both internally and externally
Financial Strength: Ensure sound financial budget management (expenses and revenue) and reduce reliance on club / member dues to support priorities.
My personal theme for the year is “Promise Yourself” – and I hope that resonates with each of us not only with our Optimist Creed, but with the commitment we each make to bring our own personal best to everything we do– to make things better for our clubs, our communities and the young people we serve.
Optimistically, Rebecca Butler – Mona, International President 2018-2019