1. Regular Adult clubs are eligible. Junior Optimist Clubs, college clubs, and any clubs under a pilot project are not eligible.

2. The club must have a minimum net +3 membership for the 2022 – 2023 year.

3. Clubs must be current on OI and District dues on September 30, 2023, excluding new member fees charged by OI for the 4th quarter.

4. Club Pride Report for 2022-2023 must have been submitted by September 30, 2023 deadline.

5. The club must have submitted its COER Report for the 2023-2024 Year.


  1. Clubs will be ranked based on the percentage of increase in membership during the 4th quarter.

2. Ranking will be based on the T Shot Report provided by OI on Leaders Online. The baseline will be established using the T Shot Report dated July 1, 2023.

3. The top three clubs will receive cash prizes.

4. New members added must be on the roster through January 1, 2024.

5. Prize payout will be awarded at the 2nd quarter 2024 conference.

  • A pool of $2250 has been set aside for this program. The top three clubs in the percentage of new members for the quarter will be allocated prizes based on the order of finishing. If there are no ties the distribution will be:
  • First Place $1000
  • Second Place $750 • Third place $500
  • In the event of a tie, the following will be used to determine the winner:
  • The tiebreaker will be the retention percentage reported by OI in Leaders Online for the 2022-2023 year. The club with the highest retention level will be awarded the prize.
  • In the event a tie still exists after the above in any prize category, the cash award for the level and the next level below will be combined and the clubs in the tie will share the prize.
The member who brings in the most members during the 4th Quarter will be recognized as our 2022-2023 Membership Shining Light at the annual awards banquet at the 2nd Quarter Conference Awards Program. The district will pay for the winner’s district registration to the 2nd Quarter Conference.

Photography Contest for Students

Photographers for the contest should be students at any
age up through high school and prior to post-secondary
education. Students are asked to submit photos that
illustrate/exemplify one of the ten verses/lines of “The
Optimist Creed”. This contest’s purpose is to expose young
people to “The Optimist Creed” and our philosophy of
Optimism and to assist them with developing an interest
in the area of photography.

The GATEway District will hold the district contest at our August convention, with attendees voting for the district winners .  Clubs please try to have your contests finished prior to schools letting out for the summer, ( while still in contact with students).

*The rules give a lot of latitude to how clubs can hold their contest and what prizes they want to award .  Our district is allotting the same amount of prize money as last year: $125 for first place , $75 for 2nd , and $50 for 3rd  .

Clubs can contact Alan Flint, Activities Chair, with any questions:

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