Who goes over and above for their club, community and the GATEway District!


Greetings GATEway Optimists!
The time has come for nominations to be submitted for
a deserving member of our District to be recommended for
the Big John Ware Optimist of the Year. This should be
someone who goes over and above for their club, community and the GATEway District!
Attached is a nomination form to be completed for the
person you are nominating. A club in good standing can
also make a nomination. These nominations are due to me
by June 30, 2024. You may email them to me
at bpeace4@comcast.net, or you can mail them
to me at 1958 Little Texas Valley Rd, Rome, GA 30165.
Please give this some sincere thought and make your nomination NOW!
Click for details and form: Optimist of the Year Award
The Optimist of the Year will be announced during the 4th Quarter Convention on Saturday, August 6, 2024.
Thank you for all you continue to do for our wonderful District!
Bruce L Peace, Immediate Past Governor
1958 Little Texas Valley Rd
Rome GA 30165
(706) 676-4656




  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.