District Governor on COVID-19 Virus

Good day Optimists.  Understanding the concerns regarding the Coronavirus, our team is currently working with Optimist International and our state government on a path forward for current and future events, however as for now we all need to place precautionary and preventative measures in place for our scholarship contests. I am also attaching the email from Optimist International.   Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

Thank you so much for your patience 
GATEway District Governor 
Michael Brown
Oratorical Contests and COVID-19
Hello Optimist District Governors, 
Hope you are doing well and your District is on track for a great year.  As we hear of daily closing and rulings on events and meetings due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, we sincerely hope the virus does not affect your 3rd Quarter Conference.
Please know that rules do allow for some modifications to Oratorical competitions. Per Oratorical rules, “if necessary” you may choose to allow contestants to compete via online streaming. If your District needs to cancel or reschedule the 3rd Quarter Conference, Optimist International will be flexible with the May 15 deadline to submit District winners.  
For more information about coronavirus, including precautions and advisories consult: 
Consult state, provincial, regional or local health agencies for specific information about your location.
For complete information about the Optimist Oratorical program, including District planning information, click here
Let us know if we can help in any way. If you have any questions, contact us at 800-500-8130, or email programs@optimist.org

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