Governor’s Thought of the Week

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Governor’s Welcome

Welcome to the Iowa Optimist District website.

Optimist International, founded in 1919, is made up of about 2,500 clubs in 49 Districts. Our motto is “Friend of Youth.” We believe by providing hope and positive vision, Optimist Club members bring out the best in children.

It is truly an honor and pleasure to serve as Governor for the Great Iowa District for the 2015-2016 Program Year.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to lead our District as clubs throughout Iowa undertake service and fund raising activities/projects to enhance the lives of youth in their respective communities.

My District Theme is “Opportunity Knocks“.   This theme is depicted in the above 2015-2016 District logo.  All human beings have an innate need for their lives to have meaningful purposes.  Joining an Optimist Club and becoming actively involved in its youth-serving service and fund raising projects/activities provide the opportunity to satisfy this need.   Opportunity is knocking on the door.

I want to share one of my favorite quotes:

“I shall pass through this world but once.  Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”.   – Stephen Grellet


Picture and Signature