GATEway District Convention

Guys in Ties…Girls in Pearls!

The GATEway District is going to celebrate Guys in Ties…Girls in Pearls at the Second Annual GATEway District Convention in Savannah, Georgia at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel, August 25-27, 2017.

Its time for Optimists to come together and celebrate our accomplishments, begin our fourth quarter push, train our new leadership, elect a new governor and have some good old Optimist fun. So guys and girls bring your good times and come ready to strut your stuff! We’re going to party in the “Hostess City of the South”, famous for its hospitality, fine cuisine and southern charm.

Paypal or make checks payable to ”GATEway District Optimist International” and send with registrationform to: Joey Richardson, P. O. Box 133, Summerville, GA 30747. Pre-registration must be postmarkedno later than Friday, August 18, 2017. Cancellation, if necessary, must be made no later than Friday, August 18, 2017. You may reach Joey by email at or telephone: cell 706.506.2028, work 706.857.3414.
Make hotel accommodations directly with the hotel: Marriott Savannah Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31401, telephone: 912.233.7722 (Rate: $126.00). Hotel cutoff date is July 24, 2017. After July 24, 2017 room rate may increase and reservations will depend on availability. Be sure to indicate you are with the GATEway District of Optimist International.

Third Quarter District Conference in Alpharetta

It’s going to be a GRAND SLAM as we swing for the bleachers at the GATEway District’s Third Quarter Conference at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta in Alpharetta, Georgia, May 5-7, 2017! Governor Rudy and his team have planned an “Out of the Park” extravaganza. Just look what’s in store for you!
• The District’s annual Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
• The Districts’s Oratorical Contest
• Leadership Development Training Classes
• Election of our Lieutenant Governors for the 2017-2018 year
• Optimist International Foundation’s “President’s March”
• A “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” evening with food, fun, games, karaoke and a whole lot more

So fellow Optimists put on that favorite baseball jersey, slide into those comfortable jeans, don your baseball cap and come prepare to have a grand old time as we celebrate the accomplishments of our young people! Don’t wait! Register now! Let’s step up to the plate in Alpharetta!

To register click here.


Your Optimist Club Can Apply For A Grant

Club Grant

Optimist International Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Club Grant Program. Any Adult Club served by Optimist International Foundation is eligible to apply for a $500 grant to be used for a NEW project of the Club. The Marana-Foothills Optimist Club won a 2016 Club Grant for their MCAT High School Garden Club. Applications must be received in the St. Louis office by March 10. Applications and more information are available here.

Because bringing out the best in kids is only part of it!