OPTIMIST YEAR 2019 -2020  

Governor's Message

4th Quarter Call Letter


July 3, 2020


Good afternoon WEMO Optimists,

I hope everyone is looking forward to the 4th of July Holiday in some fashion.   For some, this may be the first time you have ventured out in several weeks.  For others, you may be spending the weekend in the cool comfort of your air conditioning.  Whatever you have planned, enjoy!


So the WEMO iMagine year is moving on.  We are into the 4th Quarter and rounding the home stretch. It has been a different year, a learning year, a year of lots of unknowns, but it has been a year to iMagine.  I have had lots of people tell me they are sorry that my year has been so bad or that they feel bad that we didn't get to do something this year.  But you know what, I don't feel like we had a bad year.  Yes, we had to change things up a bit.  Lots of activities that we would have liked to do didn't get done, but lots of things still did.  First and Second Quarters went off without a hitch.  We had great conferences at Lake of the Ozarks and at Sedalia.  We had a visit from OI President Adrian at 2nd Qtr. 

We had a killer lip sync contest with lots of celebrities!!!  And we did the work of the District.


When covid -19 hit, things changed a bit.  So 3rd Qtr wasn't the best ever.  But we can finish the year strong.  We  were able, with the help of technology, to hold the Oratorical Contest via ZOOM.  Who would have thought that was in the plans!  We were able to complete the Essay contest and present all those winners with scholarships.


As the committee was planning for 4th Qtr convention, safety of all our members was our main concern.  With that noted, we changed from a full 2 day convention in Springfield to a one day event at the Benson Center in Clinton, MO.  So let me officially put out the call and invite all members to the Unconventional Convention 2020 in Clinton, MO on Saturday, August 8, 2020.  It will begin at 10am and we should conclude the business sessions by 3pm.


This is a great opportunity for those of you who have never attended a convention to get a small taste of what is included and how the clubs tie into the district and then into Optimist International.  We have worked hard to make this a very reasonably priced convention.  We will be providing lunch also.    


Please click on the Conference & Convention Schedule Page showing 4th Quarter Convention information and link to download the registration form.


Enjoy your holiday WEMO Optimists and get ready to finish the 2019-2020 year with positive attitudes and strong wills.  As one good Optimist has told us all year “Keep Calm and Optimist On”

I have enjoyed this year very much, even with all the ups and downs and serving as the WEMO Governor has been an honor.


Talk to you all next week,

Governor Sandi