Welcome to the Colorado/Wyoming Optimist District

Welcome to the CO/WY Optimist District Website!

Check out what’s going on in our District:

RIP Past District Governor (1996-1997) & OI Vice President (2008-2009)
Sam Keiffer III

Sam & Mary Keiffer

July 7, 1942 ~ April 2, 2021

Born in:  Saint Louis, Missouri Resided in:  Pueblo, Colorado 

Samuel J. Keiffer, III, 78, passed away April 2, 2021.  Survived by wife of 55 years, Mary E. Keiffer; children, S. James IV (Jayme) Keiffer, Robert F. (Jessika) Keiffer and Debra A. (James) Muller; grandchildren, Alicia, Aniston, Christopher, Elora, Ilya, Kalena, Kynda, Savin and Ulayna; four sisters; and two brothers.  Preceded in death by father, Samuel J. Keiffer, Jr.; mother,  Rosemary M. Keiffer; two sisters; and one brother.  Sam was born July 7, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. and retired from Minnequa Bank in 2002 as a Vice President after 29 years of service.  He served in the Air Force from 1960 to 1964, member of Optimist International since 1968, serving as district Lt. Governor four times and District Governor from 1996-1997.  Member of the Optimist Foundation Board of Directors for four years, served on the Parkview Hospital Foundation Board of Directors for 12 years, board member of the Pueblo County United Way for six years, treasurer of the Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen for 18 years and for 14 years, taught Junior Achievement to 3rd and 4th grade classes.  Sam loved to travel, was an avid railroad enthusiast and supported many youth programs through his dedication in Optimist International and other organizations. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3130 Morris Ave.  Memorials may be made to Optimist International Foundation at OIFoundation.org or 4494 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.  Online condolences,  www.MontgomerySteward.com

Governor Terri Presents Firefly Autism with a check from the 2nd Quarter Conference


2021 Brain Bowl Results:


2020-2021 Colorado/Wyoming District shirts are available for purchase:

Please contact Michael Chavez for ordering details.
2020-2021 Optimist District Shirt Order Sheet


2020-2021 Governor Terri’s Year:

Governor Terri’s Puzzle logo is an arrow moving forward and is made up of five puzzle pieces. Each puzzle piece is needed to make a successful Optimist year.

  • Optimist International is always available to support us and the website has a wealth of information
  • Colorado/Wyoming District has ongoing support:
    • Governor’s
    • Colorado/Wyoming Optimist website
    • Colorado/Wyoming Facebook Page
    • Quarterly Conferences
  • Junior Optimist Clubs are a crucial part as they are making a difference in their communities and are the future leaders to continue the Optimist Legacy
  • Optimist Club Members are the ones bringing out the best in our youth, our community and ourselves
  • Community – It is the community that is why we exist

I am looking forward to Putting the Pieces Together as we Choose Optimism!

Yours in Optimism,
Governor Terri Kearney

2020-2021 CO/WY District Governor Terri Kearney
2020-2021 CO/WY District Governor Terri Kearney

COVID-19 Response

We will continue to monitor the guidance of our local and national leaders and obey the guidelines issued in our respective jurisdictions.

Optimists have proven to be resilient during this crisis. Many clubs are continuing to meet virtually. One of the most popular ways to do that is through ZOOM Meetings.

If you are unfamiliar with how to join a ZOOM meeting, below are two easy to follow instruction videos to help get you started:


How to join a Zoom audio/video meeting:



How to host a Zoom audio/video meeting:



2nd Quarter Conference

Click here for details on the 2nd Quarter Conference:


Oratorical Contest

You can find the winners of the 2020 Virtual Oratorical Contest here: https://www.optimist.org/member/scholarships4.cfm

District Dues

The District will waive 1st Quarter dues for all clubs who are current on their District dues.

This crisis will pass and when it does we will resume all of the great Optimistic activities that serve Our Youth, Our Communities and Ourselves.

In the meantime, please take care and practice safe hygiene!


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