Friday, April 8, 2016

Going for #1

It has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog... thought I would just share the new edition of the Plus One Sunny Side Newsletter (April 3). Here is the lead story. Click for more.

Going for #1… Plus 1 strategy to be ramped up NOW
Montego Bay, Jamaica:


OVERNOR PATRICK is today sounding the clarinet for all Caribbean Optimists as we enter the third quarter of the 2015-2016 Plus One year.
“This is the time to consolidate. This is crunch time, people. We must pick up the pace, do what we have to do and get those projects done, make our clubs healthy, bring in those new pairs of hands ready to serve” appeals Governor Patrick.
“If we are going to make our District #1 again”, he says. “Now is the time for the surge in growth, in projects, in Optimism. Q3 is the most critical quarter and we have to get it right NOW! Then we can cruise into Q4 working on the reports to support our success”.
The third quarter is exciting from so many angles. Among the scheduled district activities are the finals of the scholarship contests – Oratorical and Kids Speak Out are scheduled for Saturday April 30 at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston while the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) is scheduled for the end of May. April is Autism Month, May is Child month and in June the focus shifts to Cancer.
But Governor Patrick is also reminding club presidents and Lieutenant Governors that now is the time to get their officers-elect in place. “The future leadership of the District must be decided before we go into the Q3 conference and leadership summit set for Barbados, May 27- 29 so our clubs and zones ought to be holding elections as we speak”.
Going for #1 again means getting all the ducks not just lined up, but in during this Q3. “I am assured that as a District, we will do what we must so we can all be in the Hall of Fame this 2015-2016 Optimist year”, declares a confident Governor Patrick.
Applying the Plus One Strategy
Under the Plus One formula the following is expected: Each Caribbean Optimist brings in a new member, that’s doubling the pairs of hands available to serve our youth; each member taking one step upward in the personal growth and involvement (PGI) programme, that’s strengthening our understanding and commitment to the Optimist movement; each Optimist club joining with another club to build a new club, that’s broadening our support base for sustainability; each member mentoring a child or young person, that is one less youth getting loss in the wilderness of despair.
Going for #1 also means ensuring that all membership fees are fully paid up (in the club, to the district and OI) before the end of each quarter, and that all reports are submitted in a timely manner.
Caribbean Optimists… Going for #1 in Q3… Bringing out the Best… Plus One!