Dave Fries 2013-2014 Governor

  • Member Resources

    The website has been updated and you'll find that you will be able to refer potential members here for more information about the Michigan District. If you are a Member of the Michigan District please note that we have MEMBER ACCESS points that will direct you to the member area.

    Upcoming Events

  • Scholarships

    Optimist International sponsors scholarships as prizes for the winners of the contests listed below. Each contest is entered through your local Optimist Club. This organization does not offer any application-based or need-based scholarships. Some individual Clubs do, but this information is not available at the International Office. All communication should be made with an Optimist Club Member in your area.

  • Sponsorship

    Optimist International sponsors scholarships as prizes for the winners of the contests listed below. Each contest is entered through your local Optimist Club. This organization does not offer any application-based or need-based scholarships. Some individual Clubs do, but this information is not available at the International Office. All communication should be made with an Optimist Club Member in your area.

  • Programs

    From recognition and scholarships to safety and sports, the International Programs have a service project to appeal to any Optimist Club.

    JOOI
    Youth Appreciation
    Oratorical Contest
    Essay Contest
    Youth Safety
    Childhood Cancer Campaign
    Tri-Star Sports
    Junior Golf
    Internet Safety

The JOOI District has had a very successful and fun year. Our JOOI Conference on February 28th was a fulfillment of two major objectives - Communication and Teambuilding. The day was packed with outstanding workshops, facilitators, special guests/speakers, and hands-on activities including:

  • Icebreakers
  • Healthy Living
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Tri-Star Sports
  • CCC Magic Hug Squares
  • Leadership
  • District Officer Expectations
  • Green City (Teamwork & Critical Thinking) Project
  • Officer Elections for 2010-2011

We have also started three new JOOI Clubs:

  • Alpha - Sashabaw Elementary School (sponsor - Mona Shores Optimist Club)
  • Junior - Clarkston Junior High (sponsor - Clarkston Optimist Club)
  • Octagon - Muskegon High School (sponsor - Clarkston Optimist Club)

As you may recall, during our Fall Leadership Conference ,JOOI Best Practices were developed and they are now available for all clubs to embrace. (A copy is attached to this report.) Promoting JOOI is ongoing a we are proud to announce that we will be participating at the Michigan Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference on Sunday, May 16 and Central Michigan University. Our panelist will speak about how they got involved in JOOI, what they love, what they do and how to start a JOOI Club in the schools and communities.

And last, but not least, we are planning a fun event for all JOOI Michigan Clubs this summer. Details are forthcoming and we certainly hope that everyone will attend.

Respectfully submitted,
James Willis
JOOI MI Governor 2009-2010

"With hope and many talents, JOOI brings out the best in kids."