Training Tuesdays

Introducing the “GATEway District Optimists Training Tuesday” Instructional Series 

The GATEway District Leadership Development Committee will offer training sessions on the second Tuesday of each month and on the fourth Tuesday in some months. Some of these sessions will be directed at Club officers, while others will be of interest to all GATEway District Optimists. The presenters will be Members of the District Leadership team including Committee Chairs and Members of the Executive Committee.

As classes are prepared they will be announced here. The recordings of the classes will also be posted along with supporting documents.

March 21, 2023: Using Canva to promote your club
Need help promoting your Optimist Club? Canva can help! With countless design tools available at low to no cost, there are plenty of reasons to love this design tool. Join us on Tuesday, 3/21 at 8 pm as Caitlin Neal explains how you can design high-quality flyers, create presentations, and make posts for social media. No prior design experience is required!

GATEway Optimists is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: Using Canva to Promote Your Optimist ClubTime: Mar 21, 2023 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Caitlin Neal is the Communications Director at the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce in Ellijay, GA. Caitlin is passionate about helping non-profits build their brand and share their mission within their community. Throughout college and into her career, Caitlin has used Canva to generate marketing collateral for various organizations with budgets ranging from $0 to $1 million.

February 28, 2023: All About the Optimist International Convention

Presented by OI VP Gwen Gable

February 14, 2023: 101

Presenter: GATEway District Secretary, Amy Myers

Ever wonder why you get so many emails from the GATEway District and Optimist International? Quite simply, it’s the only way the District and Optimist International can communicate quickly and affordably with most of us. Ever wonder why you don’t get any emails from the GATEway District and Optimist International or your Club Members are not getting emails from you? The probable answer is that you don’t have current contact information available.

Join GATEway District Secretary, Amy Myers as she walks us through the website. Through, you can add Members, update street and email addresses, communication preferences, membership additions and deletions, confirm that your Club is current on dues, and submit your Club Officer Elect and Club Pride reports. You can even find past Members and find out how they’re doing!

January 24, 2023: Optimist Branding

Please join us as the GATEway District Optimists “Training Tuesdays” series continues with a presentation from Brenda Basey and Nick Prillaman, of the GATEway District Marketing and Public Relations Committee, which explains the importance of using Optimist International approved Branding.

According to Forbes Magazine, “A business’ branding is more important than you might think. On the outside, your brand may seem like it only consists of elements such as logos and colors, but your brand is actually the entire identity of your business. Your brand gives your personality. Branding has always been an important part of business, but it is more important now than ever before. With social media, consumers get exposed to new brands everyday.”

Brenda and Nick will walk you through how to find your Club’s Optimist International logos at the OI Leaders website and explain why we use these versions to maintain consistency on an international level.

January 10, 2023: The PGI & PDP Program

The “Training Tuesdays” series continues with a presentation from the Personal Growth Initiative (PGI)/Professional Development Program (PDP) Committee, which explains the benefits and “howto’s” of these programs. PGI/PDP Chair, Charlie Romano will be joined by Committee Members Janice Matthews, Gerald Johnson, and Susan Bussey to explain how Optimist Members can BE A TEAM PLAYER and let the PGI program take you on travels of personal challenges as you check off each of the 10 levels! Each level will take you a little higher as you build up slowly. You will be surprised how quickly you grow in confidence and knowledge. Ever wondered about the History of Optimists, the leadership, and many other questions? You will make new friends and help your club grow as you “grow” through the PGI Program. The PDP program is “Intended to promote professional growth by focusing on marketable skills.”   This informative program will help you to enhance both your professional skills, as well as your skills in spreading the benefits of being an Optimist.

Personal Growth And Involvement View PGI/PDP video presentation

December 13, 2022: The 2022-23 District A&A Program

GATEway District Achievements and Awards (A&A) Chair, Mary Still will kick off the series with updates on this year’s A&A report. A new Optimist year brings new initiatives from the President of Optimist International and the GATEway District Governor. This usually results in some changes to the A&A report. Mary will be explaining the reporting requirements for the 2022-23 Optimist year and answer any questions you may have about the report.

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