District Committees

The Michigan District has many district committees to support our organization.  We are always looking for volunteers to assist. 
 

Name Chairs Description
ACHIEVEMENT & AWARDS (A&A)
Ryan, Rita
To conduct a fun, fair competition for Clubs that reflects quarterly achievement toward Optimist Organizational goals. Committee Chair should have a disposition for gathering detailed information from computer and Club reports. Use of electronic spreadsheet software is helpful. Quarterly reports should be given in a fun, enthusiastic, game-like format.
ACTIVITIES
Kipke, Lisa
Promote participation in three major area projects. Promote club participation in CPA, Youth Appreciation, Respect for Law.
BULLETIN EDITOR (OPTIVIEWS)
Jarratt, Theresa
To deliver communications to the membership of the District, as information is the lifeblood of any organization. Consider publications for three groups: Members, Club leaders and District leaders. Editor needed to assist in ensuring that the content spelling, format and assist in article content.
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS COMMITTEE
Foster, Monetta
To proactively encourage, qualify and nominate capable Governors and Lieutenant Governors to seek office. The future of the District lies in the ability to attract top-quality officers.
CHILDHOOD CANCER CAMPAIGN (CCC) COMMITTEE
Walker, Jim
To encourage involvement and assistance with children with cancer and their families by facilitating Member and Club participation in the CCC throughout the District.
CLUB FITNESS ADVISORS (Formally Club Services)
Lyon, Elaine
To aid and assist member Clubs, connecting them with resources that can build strength and stability. To identify and assist Clubs in danger of revocation or disbandment.
COMMUNICATION CONTEST FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING (CCDHH)
Mills, Dan
To promote Club participation in the Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and to conduct a District Competition.
CONFERENCE & CONVENTION COMMITTEE
Eisen, Terry
To plan, promote and conduct the District Conferences and the Annual Convention.
ESSAY CONTEST
Regiani, Sherry
To promote Club participation in the Essay Contest. Conduct an annual District Essay Contest.
FINANCE COMMITTEE
Katz, Marc D
To review financial operations the District and give interpretations and opinions of District financial health and status to the Executive Committee. To coordinate annual District audits.
GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Gudmundsen, Paul
This committee suggests policy revisions shall be made annually.
HALL of FAME
Foster, Monetta
This committee receives nominations from clubs for the Hall of Fame candidates.
HISTORIANS
Moss, Lou
Keeping the history of the District
JOOI COMMITTEE
Neal, Tom
To grow the District with more JOOI kids serving kids.
JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMITTEE
Longhway, Thomas
To plan, promote and conduct the District Junior Golf Tournament. To increase participation in local and International OIJGC.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Ingersoll, Nicole
Brose, Don
To plan, promote and conduct the training of Club and District leaders making them more effective leaders. To cultivate and encourage future Optimist leaders.
LONG RANGE PLANNING
Kauffold, Michelle
The Long Range Plan/Strategic Planning Committee will meet quarterly to ensure implementation of the plan.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Barckholtz, Pamela
To cause membership growth in the District by teaching programs, conducting promotions and encouraging recruitment by members and Clubs.
NEW CLUB BUILDING COMMITTEE
Brooks, Linda
To encourage and assist in building new Optimist Clubs within the District.
OI AMBASSADOR
Sucher, Steve
The Convention Ambassador, shall promote the attendance to Optimist International’s Annual Convention.
OI FOUNDATION REPRESENTATIVE
Thames, Cherryl
To seek funds from members, Clubs and businesses for the Optimist International Foundation and Optimist International Foundation of Canada.
ORATORICAL CONTEST
Pryor, Sheryl
To plan, promote and conduct the annual District Oratorical Contest Finals at the Third Quarter Conference. To encourage local contests by member Clubs and assist Lieutenant Governors in the planning for the required Zone Contests.
Parliamentarian
Mueller, Sean
To advise Governor to maintain adherence to and observance of parliamentary procedure at official District and Board of Directors meetings. National Association of Parliamentarians - NEW RESOURCE! In July 2010, Optimist International entered into a partnership with the National Association of Parliamentarians. Widely known as the experts on parliamentary procedure, the association's resources are now available to Optimist Clubs and Districts. To consult the association and take advantage of this resource, visit www.parliamentarians.org.
Past Governor Association
Sucher, Steve
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Personal Growth & Involvement (PGI)
Cosby, Harriett
To promote Optimist International’s Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) program.
Professional Development Program (PDP)
Thompson, Linda
Promote the Professional Development (PDP) program
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Kunse, Joette
To assist in spreading the word of Optimism as a positive-minded youth service organization and to enhance the image of Optimism.
SCRAPBOOK The scrapbook committee collects the district scrapbooks and compiles and gives the awards for the scrapbook.
Spouse/Guest/Youth Activities
Gudmundsen, Jacqueline
To promote the participation by member Clubs in all of the youth-serving and community-serving projects sponsored by Optimist International.
SUPPLY COMMITTEE Shumsky (US) http://www.shumskyideas.com/optimist Ansell's (Canada) http://www.optimistsupply.ca
WEBMASTER
Sucher, Steve
To provide an effective communications tool for the membership of the District, as information is the lifeblood of any organization.