2021 Brain Bowl

Due to Covid, we are doing a modified Brain Bowl. Please check out the Brain Bowl Powerpoint for details: Brain Bowl 2021 Powerpoint

2021 Oratorical

If you would like information on how to put on a virtual Oratorical Contest, please go here for more information: https://www.optimist.org/documents/Online_Oratorical_Guidelines.pdf

Officer Training

Training for Lt. Governors, Club Presidents and Secretary/Treasurers must be completed before the Special Convention. Officers must use Optimist International’s new Learning Management System (LMS) to complete their mandatory training. It is free for officers. Please go here for more information: https://www.optimist.org/member/learning-management.cfm

The following Training videos can be found under the Members tab in the top right corner of the website:

Club Secretary/Treasurer Training
New Club President Training
Veteran Club President Training
Lt. Governor Training

Contact Charlie Neumann, Gunar Neuman or Nicole Powell for questions. 

Colorado/Wyoming Optimist Member Awards

Rookie of the Quarter
Awarded to a member who embraces the OI Creed along with their volunteerism during their first year.

Club Project of the Quarter
Awarded to a club that conducted a project that has “Brought out the Best” for the youth in our communities. This project must be completed within the current year.

Optimist of the Year
Each club can submit one nomination. The nominee can be either an old or new Optimist who has demonstrated an exemplary example of Optimism in the club and community, the award presented by Gov. Tony Carpenter

Deadline: January 30, 2020 2nd QTR
Deadline:  April 19, 2020 3rd QTR
Deadline:  August 10, 2020 CONVENTION

Contact:   Charlie Neumann 303 766-9649   Email: neumann-charlie@comcast.net

Sponsor 3 New Members Award
Receive a $50.00 gift certificate to your favorite restaurant (or other) by sponsoring three new members into your club during the 2019-2020 Optimist Year.  Awards will be presented quarterly.

Contact:  Curt Merrill 303 589-3000   Email: c_merrill@comcast.net
Download the 3 Member Award (FLYER)


District Strategic Growth

The NOW team provides support, printed materials and expertise to all Colorado/Wyoming Optimist clubs in all of the following programs: NOW recruitment for new members, Friend of Optimists (FOO) recruitment, “30 under 30” member recruitment, new club building, membership retention and membership mentor programs. The NOW committee encourages all Optimist club presidents or membership chairs to to schedule a team member to provide membership support. It meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11 A.M.@ the American Legion hall, I-25 & E-Yale Ave.

Abigail Nicholas, Chair

Members: Larry Brown, Ron Benson, Phil Perington, Frank Middleton, Tony Carpenter, Craig Baldwin, Trish Merrill, Curt Merrill, Sam Bartley, Steve Armfeld, Andrew Sanger, Abigail Nicholas & Jeff Gartz.


PGI (Professional Growth & Improvement)

Speaking up

Speaking up

The PGI Program offers 7 basic tenets allowing club members to have an opportunity to become involved in Personal Growth and Involvement, both personally and for their club and district. From the day a member accepts their own PGI Passport the road to Leadership and increased involvement in the mission of Optimists is greatly enhanced. As the member works their way through the 10 levels of accomplishment wonderful things manifest. Validation of involvement in Club activities, Membership Growth and increased camaraderie are but a few benefits of the PGI Program. PGI is based on supporting the standards of being a good Optimist, benefits received when joining an Optimist Club, new leadership challenges, recognition for accomplishments, better understanding of the O.I. Organization, worldwide promotion of our Optimist philosophy and the personal support rendered to Club Presidents on a yearly basis.

Phil Perington, PGI District Chair, perington@msn.com, 303-832-4578.


Respect for Law

Susan and John Swanborg, Respect for Law Chairs, jswanborg@comcast.net


Social Media & Technology

Clubs looking to get a Facebook page or a website can get Accademy Facebook Pagea running start with the help of his program. Nicole Powell can come to your club and show you how to create a Facebook page in under 5 minutes and show you how it works in under 15. She will help as well with other technology and social media questions.

Nicole Powell, Social & Technology Chair, nicolephotography@yahoo.com, 719-313-9497.


Colorado/Wyoming Optimist Club Information

Coming soon!

Find a Club near you: https://www.optimist.org/member/clubdirectory/club.cfm?district=25

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