4. Governor Dwight’s Message 5. Governor Elect Lynden’s Message 6. Barbados Regional Conference (Gov’s courtesy Call)
7. Barbados Regional Meeting (Pictures) 5. Optimist Club of Barbados Central 8. Scenic Castleton 9. Cross Roads 10. Optimist Club of North St Andrew 11. Optimist Club of Kingston Central 12. Constant Spring 13-15. Barbados - Bridgetown 16. Optimist Club of Manor Park 17-19. Optimist Club of Barbican Pines 20. Trafalgar Pines 21. Optimist Club of St Thomas 22-23. Central Circle 24. Optimist Club of Falmouth
Governor Message from
“Power of One” Optimists,
would like, on behalf of the Power of One Caribbean District, to express our appreciation, to all club members, for the wonderful work that you continue to do, with and for the children of the region. BIG congratulations to CP Pat and her team, for another successful participation in the annual Relay for Life, and also the Optimist Club of St. Ann’s Bay for their successful and sweeping participation in the annual Relay for Life. St. Ann leg. BIG congratulations also to CP Edna and her team for a successful staging of our annual CCDHH. It is now time to turn your attention to the upcoming annual Convention, slated for August 24-26, 2012, at the ever-popular, Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. Please ensure that your club is represented, as we elect our next Governor-Elect and welcome the new administration, to be led by Governor Lynden Buchanan. In our various optimist endeavours, we need to apply;- Passion: Action: Commitment: & Energy. All clubs now need to work on their President’s Pride report and CPAs. Just a reminder, that CPA this year has gone DIGITAL. Please ensure that
your club is represented at the CPA workshop, to learn more. Our dues report is not looking so good, but we still have a few more weeks to rectify this untenable position. I therefore encourage all clubs to do what is necessary, to achieve full-compliant status. Remember, if your club is an Honour club, you receive US$100, and if you are Distinguished, US$250. Go for it therefore, to reduce next year’s financial obligations. As we converge on Ocho Rios, St. Ann, for our annual convention, I encourage us to network and fellowship, and learn from each other, as we plan our various joint projects, so that we can continue to support each other and strengthen each other, to achieve 100%, and then some. Let us continue to provide hope and a positive vision for the children that we serve. Have a wonderful convention and continue to Reach Out, Join Hands and Help our Children to Soar, Shine and experience the Power of One, as we help, one child at a time. Gov. Dwight B. L. Phillips August, 2012
Governor elect Lynden Buchanan Fellow Optimist
his is it! We have reached the 4th quarter of the Optimist Year. What now? My challenge is summarised in theses few words; “Lets Pull Together”. At the forefront of our minds is this great Optimist Movement with its aim to serve our children and to do our best to improve their welfare. With this in mind I share a remarkable story about migrating geese as told by renowned motivational writer John J. Murphy in his book Pulling Together. “As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone. If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily because we are travelling on the thrust of one another!”
“Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as geese, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, and we will be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.” As we close the POWER of ONE year I believe that we must work as a team to finish as strongly as we can. This will afford us a smooth baton exchange so that our service level can rise to greater heights. There are many opportunities to make a difference for our children and so I urge all Optimists to rise up and make our Optimism come through and affect the lives of our youth across these lovely Caribbean Isles. GE Lynden
Barbados Regional Meeting
OPTIMIST CLUB OF
SCENIC CASTLETONâ€™S LABOUR DAY PROJECT
he club president Barbara and her team spent a part of the day working on the bus stop in Castleton. Members carried sand and water and helped to mix cement to give the bus stop a face lift. It will be painted at a date to be announced.
Optimist Club of
n May 21, 2012, the members of the Optimist Club of Cross Roads visited our past LTG Sonia Martin who is a resident at the Pines Nursing Home at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital. The members had their meeting at the home where we presented her with a gift basket. PLTG Sonia was happy that the club members visited and expressed thanks
President Melba Harris makes presentation to one of the GSAT achievers.
Optimist Club Of
North St. Andrew COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS 4th QUARTER
GSAT Achievers Recognition
n recognition of excellence in education, four (4) students from the Alpha Primary School in Kingston were presented with book vouchers courtesy of Sangster’s Book Stores as well as stationery items at their annual graduation exercise held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at St. George’s College. These students were successful in the GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test) Examinations held in March 2012; achieving grade averages of 94.8% to 96.6% respectively. The Optimist Club of North St. Andrew salutes these high achievers and credits the hard work of their teachers and parents. 10
OPTIMIST CLUB OF
KINGSTON CENTRAL D
uring our third quarter, we ran a Homework/ Reading programme for the children in our church communiy. We started in April after the Easter break and ended on June 28th. Our classes were held twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Our numbers fluctuated from a maximum of ten to a minimum of three. We had six persons who helped with the programme, four members and two others from the church. We provided help with homework assignments received from school as well as tried to improve their reading level by helping them to read from books provided by us. We targetted students, ages 6 to 12, from the primary schools in the area and they were provided with a snack at the end of each session. We also were able to provide Arnold Road Basic School, our project for the year, with four new ceiling fans and electrical equipment which needed repairs e.g. fluorescent bulbs and light switches.One of our Vice Presidents also helped the school out on Labour Day and provided soup for the workers.
Barbados - Bridgetown
HOW TO RECRUIT A BUSY PERSON by Darshani Workman, Secretary “I don’t have the time” “I’m too busy” “I would really like to but…” “I don’t want to make another commitment” Typical responses when attempting to recruit a new member, no? Yes!!! But it makes me wonder... It makes me wonder, should I sympathise and accept with understanding or should I revisit my approach? It makes me wonder at my busy colleague who had her entire day planned when she received a call from her child. The child had forgotten his class assignment at home. She immediately reprioritised – delivered forgotten assignment, lambasted child (?), executed original plan – all accomplished seamlessly within her busy schedule. It makes me wonder, would a busy person find a way to take on additional responsibilities if he was presented with the right opportunity like my colleague? It makes me wonder how regardless of our station in life, each of us is gifted with one thing equally every day i.e. 24 hours. Are we using our 24 hours to actively make a difference in the lives of others? It makes me wonder, should I adjust the script for busy people? I decided I needed to because my wondering made me realise that everyone, student or otherwise, is already busy. So I returned to the drawing table and decided that in my updated how to recruit a busy person version, I would need to be cognizant of these things: 1. PIQUE THEIR INTERESTS – I HAVE TO CARE! Plan and rehearse the pitch first. Ensure that the message is compelling enough to grasp the person’s interest. Believe the message and deliver with passion and enthusiasm. I should not offer an opportunity that I don’t believe in myself – first, I have to care. 2. BE KNOWLEDGEABLE Understand the organisation and know what is happening. If I don’t know what I am talking about and cannot provide answers to basic questions, everyone’s time is wasted. (Note to self: watch a $6 Tuesday movie instead). If I care enough, homework should be enjoyable and maybe even fun. 3. MAKE MESSAGE BRIEF, SIMPLE AND DIRECT Time is precious; remember the person is already busy. If he continuously glances at his watch, operates hand held device or looks everywhere except at me, chances are, I’ve lost his interest already. 4. WHO WOULD BENEFIT Identify clearly how the community would benefit from the person’s time and be certain to delineate the benefits that the potential volunteer would receive from learning a new skill, gaining valuable experience and from utilising a once lesser used talent. 5. SELL UMBRELLAS WHEN IT RAINS, NOT ICEC-REAM Listen keenly to what exactly interests the person and adjust the pitch to suit. A person who wishes to help the community but prefers to work indirectly with the children can serve in an administrative capacity. Get help here now and indoctrinate them with “hands on approach” later...kidding... 6. CHOOSE A TIME THAT IS CONVENIENT Arrange a time that is mutually convenient to discuss the proposal. Whether it is a formal meeting or a casual walk to accompany the person to his car, remember that timing is everything and it is important to choose a time when he is receptive. 7. REHEARSE Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse my pitch some more. So, I am on a quest to recruit a new member...wish me luck!! 13
Keeping our Optimism alive!!! By Richard Winckler, President
considered the following; how is it that service organizations became great? A place where autonomous clubs shined so greatly that it had a domino effect on the organization at different levels. How can an organization embrace the new member and at the same time maintain the enthusiasm of the seasoned? In the end it came down to… the people in the organization… “US”. What are we prepared to give and for how long we will give it! The bond between the organization and “US” is called the relationship and like any good, long lasting and thriving relationship it takes a multiplicity of adjectives to keep the fruit fresh. I want to look at a few that I feel are the core of the relationship between club and member. Passion, Dedication and Commitment are critical to a successful organization because together they add up to priority. Here is a question for us! How bad do we want to help the children, to serve, to be an example or to just be an inspiration? Here are some definitions for these three words - Passion, Dedication and Commitment - which I want to us to stimulate our confidence levels in this movement called Optimism. Passion • - Intense emotion - intense or overpowering emotion such as love, joy, hatred, or anger. • - Outburst of emotion - a sudden outburst of an emotion such as rage, hatred, or jealousy • - Object of enthusiasm - the object of somebody’s intense interest or enthusiasm Key words here like intense, overpowering, outburst of emotion, interest and enthusiasm are words that only indicate the level of involvement is so high that it takes over the individual for the emotional pleasure that the act will bring. Are we passionate enough about our own Optimism? Can we be more enthusiastic about serving? What feeling did it bring us and can we get it back? Let us become more passionate about Optimism! Dedication • Devotion - the quality of being devoted or committed to something Devoted is such a strong word for me because it brings concepts like marriage or children and for some of us employment. We don’t just give up on these things because they depend on us as much as we can depend on them. We move mountains for the things or people we are devoted to and nothing will deter us from accomplishing them if we are truly dedicated. Are we dedicated to our club? Can we be more dedicated to the children? What I want to promote is “what” or “how” can we do rather than what we don’t have time for because every little bit adds up to a great mass. We are a great mass of people that can do little things that count. Let us rededicate to Optimism! Commitment • Responsibility - something that takes up time or energy, especially an obligation • Loyalty - devotion or dedication, e.g. to a cause, person, or relationship • Previously planned arrangement - a planned arrangement or activity that cannot be avoided This is a tender subject because it infringes on how the individual allocates time spent. What I commit to will be different from most others purely because it is a personal choice based on prioritizing events. They say it costs to care and this is true but it doesn’t only relate to a financial cost. In fact, the cost is greater because it is time that we are paying with and we all only have 24 hours. Where money has many variables from the rich to the not so rich on one hand, time on the other hand does not care of financial status and therefore is considered a precious commodity. “I can’t do that because I have to do this!” This is when one thing takes priority over another, when something takes a back seat, when complacency sets in and someone else can take over happens. Has this happened to you? A new job with more responsibility or a new child or anything that takes the focus from serving and places it to another. I urge you not to misunderstand these are important events but allow me to encourage you not to underestimate the power of the relationship and the power the relationship has on each one of us! Time management is critical… How can I make time? What amount of time can I afford? When can I slot in a project to participate in? Do something because there is always something to do. Let us be loyal and responsible and make this movement a part of the busy schedule 14
we all have to manage instead of leaving it off to the side to fall victim to slow death. I want to encourage us to focus on the passion, dream and desire of giving back and at the same time, I want to challenge us to make this a reason to do instead of an excuse to let it pass. There is a child waiting for the opportunity that we will bring so we must press on, we must strengthen our passion, we must refine our commitment, and we must rejuvenate our dedication. Let us rededicate ourselves to helping bring out the best in children because they deserve every opportunity. Finally, recommit to the purposes, tenets, values and mission of the Optimist movement because we do it for the children first and then for ourselves. Let us make this a priority in our lives and when we do, I am confident our Optimism will shine and be reborn! In closing we must work at keeping our Optimism Alive for the sake of each “one” of the children needing just “one” of us to care. This is the price we pay for being Optimist and I would pay it a thousand times over to see the look of joy on “one” more child’s face….. ….. Join with me and make Optimism a priority again. WOULD YOU?
Sterling Updates… by Shauna King, CP Eat What You Grow
he “Eat What You Grow” project was launched on April 15th 2012. This project was implemented to teach the children to be self-sufficient and involved the planting of vegetables and greens (carrots, tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, cabbage, lettuce, string beans) , seasonings (thyme, marjoram, oregano, basil, chives), and tubers (yams, sweet potatoes). Ninety percent of the items necessary to conduct this project were received by donation! These included plastic drums, soil mix, sand, seedlings and seeds, and varying tools for the tending and management of the garden. We would like to thank Carter’s General Store, West Indies Rum Distillery, Walkers Sand Quarry, CCP Haulage and our very own Optimist Mike for their assistance and generous donations. Our plants are growing well and we plan on helping the children tend to them at our visit this month on June 24th at the usual time, 4pm.
We had a last minute change of plans which worked out quite well. Optimist Lynda had arranged for a band of musicians to visit the children, but they unfortunately had to travel at the last minute. Optimist Sandra brought her neighbor and his partner who own a music school. Their interaction with the children was excellent. Things were quiet and subdued at first but after snacks ... what a change! See the excerpt below from Optimist Lynda: “Sometimes a simple moment in time is magic and we had one of those moments this evening at Sterling Children Home, thanks to one drummer, his partner, 2 drums and a variety of percussion instruments. After 1 hour we had drummers, dancers with a beat of their own. Kids who wouldn’t talk, were shy, introverted responded in their own time; they developed their own beat, a single dancer came forward and suddenly a chorus line of dancers appeared. Finally as the drums were slid along the floor to the waiting car, there were at least 3-4 drummers who followed drumming in time on a single drum, through the doors, on the garden pathway and into the waiting car and still the beat went on. Those on the first drum continued even when it was put in the car and those on the 2nd drum stayed on the pathway drumming not wanting to stop, until that too was put in the car. Those moments are the ones we Optimists treasure. Those are the moments when we know we are making a difference.” 15
The Optimist Club Manor Park Respect for Law Programme 2012
The week of May 27- June 2, 2012 was observed as Respect for Law Week by the O.C Manor Park. Two programmes were conducted by the club at the North Street Primary School. On Monday May 28, 2012 the club organized a talk on the theme “God’s Laws”. The presenter was Mr. Kevin Williams, Marshal to the Houses of Parliament. The basis of his presentation was the 10 Commandments which were simplified for the understanding of the children. He spoke about the laws which are created in the Parliament which are the laws of the land but specified that there were higher laws created by God which are designed to keep mankind safe both in heaven and on earth. He introduced the principle of the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE) to demonstrate God’s law. The session was very interactive. On Thursday, May 31, 2012, forty (40) students and two (2) teachers from the North Street Primary School visited the Parliament of Jamaica which is the legislative branch of government in Jamaica. The Club felt that the visit to the Parliament was very fitting as a part of the Week’s activities as the Parliament is the highest Court in Jamaica, the place where all laws are passed and one of the purposes of Optimist International is to inspire respect for law. The children got an opportunity to sit in the Chamber in the seats of the persons who currently form the Legislature. They were given an insight into the historical significance of the Parliament; the roles of Parliamentarians; Parliamentary proceedings and the significance of certain paraphernalia such as the mace which represents the Queen, (since Jamaica is a titular State), and the Court of Arms. They were also given a lesson in civics as they learnt that the Parliament is a bi-cameral body composed of an appointed Senate and an elected House of Representatives. One might wonder why a visit to the Parliament since currently many Jamaicans are trapped in a cycle of political apathy and cynicism but it must be recognized that there must be adherence to the spirit of the law and the Parliament is integral to the process. The visit is certainly an educational experience for these 40 children and will remain indelible in their minds in the years to come.
DPLtg. Sonia Barr, Opt. Carolyn Neil and Pres. In front of Shortwood Basic School.
Vice President Josephine Harris presenting a copy of the Creed to Guest Speaker.
DPLtg. Sonia Barr presenting a plaque to Corp. Brown of the Matildaâ€™s Corner Police Station.
Members of Barbican Pines in front of Shortwood Basic School. This gentleman is making sure he does not step on the paint.
Members of Barbican Pines and Pres. Delrose of Central Circle working with NWA Representatives. Opt. Beth Robinson in background with rake in hand. DOPLtg. Fay, S/T Maxine, Opt. Marcia Daley and NWA Rep. working hard.
Dir. Linnette & Opt. Marcia with NWA Rep. Opt. Marcia Daley of Barbican Pines & Pres. Delrose Hemmings of Central Circle along with NWA Representatives.
Guest Speaker Franklin Johnson at Juneâ€™s Business Meeting.
Members of Barbican Pines posing with NWA Representative in front of Meadowbrook Prep.
Pres. Delrose, Opt. Marcia Daley of Barbican Pines and NWA Reps. NWA Reps. and Pres. Delrose of Central Circle.
L-R Sgt. Sharnet Griffith, Pres. Sonia, Corp. Steven Larmond, DPLtg. Sonia and Corp. Tammar Green at Meadowbrook High School.
Sgt. Sharnet Griffith talking to students at Meadowbrook High about the importance of respecting the law.
Students at Meadowbrook listening to Police Officers.
Law Week RESPECT FOR
Students at Shortwood Basic School.
Sergeant Griffith and Corporal Green of Grant’s Pen Police Station waiting patiently while students settle down. DPLtg. Sonia looks on.
Corp. Green talking to students of Shortwood Basic about the importance of respecting the law.
Corporal Green talking to this young man all decked out in his Soldier Outfit in keeping with the theme ‘Respect for Law’. 19
Sergeant Sharnet Griffith questioning students. Their participation was excellent.
Christmas treat for the children of Grants Pen.
St. Thomas OPTIMIST CLUB OF
he Optimist Club of St. Thomas has been working consistently with the Winchester primary school and recently at their school leaving ceremony VP Nichole Buckley presented the ten students that were successful in their GSAT with gift bags and certificates of recognition. The student with the highest average in GSAT was also given a bursary
Central Circle LABOUR DAY PROJECT 23rd MAY 2012 DONE JOINTLY WITH BARBICAN PINES
SHORTWOOD ROAD BASIC SCHOOL CROSSING
MOVIE TIME ST. RICHARDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
n recognition of “Child Month” we provided entertainment in the form of a movie for the Children of St. Richards Primary School – Class 520. We provided popcorn and juice – real theatre style.
RESPECT FOR LAW PRESENTATION ST. RICHARDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Little Alicia Fraser gave the vote of thanks and presented a token to Mr. Simpson 23
All smiles as Mr. Simpson accepted his gift while Optimist Daun – the form teacher gave her support to Alicia and Optimist Omar joined in the action.
Attorney- at –law Ewan Simpson gave the presentation on “Respect for Law” to class 520
We all listened attentively during the presentation, very interesting interactions from the children.
Falmouth Optimist Club Of
1.Child Month Treat at Refuge Basic School 2. Suzette Green (teacher) introducing the team 3. Optimist Bridgette at work 4. Optimist Bridgette giving the students a pep talk 5. Optimists Bridgette, Beverley and Richard with teacher Suzette 24