Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's Awards Season

In the field of music, theatre, film and television they have their Grammys, Oscars, etc. Well, Optimist International also has its Special Awards and the announcements for the 2011-2012 year are indeed out.
President Jack and his One hundred percent and then some team have a lot to celebrate. Congratulations to all the winners! You have continued the rich tradition of growing the movement and creating more opportunities for bringing out the best in children all across the world.
Of course, the Caribbean District is never left out of the winners circle. Special congratulations to Governor Dwight and his Power of One Team. are the special celebrants from the Caribbean District:

Distinguished and Outstanding Lieutenant Governor
Jo-Ann Jordan (Zone 12)
Jo-Ann is among the 65 Distinguished Lieutenant Governors for 2011-2012, twenty one of whom have been designated Outstanding Lieutenant Governors. In the context of the Caribbean District she is the only Lt.G being recognized at this level. 
Congrats to Jo-Ann, Zone 12, and her own club, Optimist Club of Barbados-Bridgetown, for this well deserved recognition. The clubs in Zone 12 are Barbados-South, Barbados-Bridgetown, Barbados-Central, Progressive Barbados, and Pride of Barbados (formed in 2012). Jo-Ann was president of her club in 2009-2010 and currently serves as Governor's Assistant with responsibility for Membership and Growth.

Distinguished Clubs
Central Clarendon
Central Circle-St. Andrew
Barbados Bridgetown
St. Ann’s Bay
Barbican Pines

Honor Clubs
Kingston-Harbour View
Manor Park
Sunset Liguanea
Barbados Central
Barbados South

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Caribbean Optimists head to Sint Maarten for Q3 Conference

OK, so the official call is out... Caribbean Optimists are definitely saddling up for an exciting Third Quarter District Conference set for the beautiful Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort on the paradise island of Sint Maarten from May 4 - 8, 2013.
The Dutch Caribbean territory is one of the most exciting vacation destinations worldwide and Caribbean Optimists are known to be a most dynamic vibes generating group within the Optimist International. Add to that the attendance of charismatic and hugely popular OI president JC St. Onge and you have a perfect combination for a most enthralling third quarter conference at which the Power of One Awards ceremony will also unfold. 
Conference Co-Chair, PIVP Shirley Jarrett at a recent gathering in Kingston said she and her team are putting together what should be a first class conference with all the opportunities for excellent training, beyond-the-ordinary fellowship, and exhilarating fun.

Here are some important items of information sent by DST Latoya to help with planning:
The main conference days will be Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6 with tours scheduled for the 7th. Travel dates are May 4 and 8. 

Early Early Bird USD55.00 up to March 18
Early Bird USD60.00 March 19 - April 12
Regular USD65.00 April 13 - May 1

HOTEL RATES (per person/per night; all inclusive with services and taxes):
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort (Conference Hotel) - USD170.00 (single); USD105.00 (double); USD95.00 (triple)

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort-  USD180.00 (single); USD115.00 (double); USD105.00 (triple). Maho is 20-25 minutes from the conference hotel.