Member Issue - December 8, 2014



Club Christmas Party - RSVP by Monday 12/8 TODAY (link below)

Service: Free Gift-Wrapping - currently no volunteers for Saturday 12/13!

Outreach: Christmas Caroling at Metropolis (followed by dinner at Stone Creek)

Tri-Star Basketball Competition - info table at PHS basketball game Friday, 12/12


Information submitted by Club Secretary Andy Tice


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Part of Something Bigger

It is a fairly well-known fact that the Plainfield Optimist Club is part of a worldwide volunteer organization know as Optimist International (OI).

Less are aware that Plainfield Optimist Club is a member of the larger Indiana South District (ISD) which encompasses all Optimist clubs in the southern half of Indiana. Member clubs within the ISD gather quarterly to meet and greet fellow Optimists and exchange ideas on better serving the youth of their home communities.

ISD's 2014-2015 1st quarter meeting was held November 14-15 at the beautiful Spring Mill State Park Inn. Plainfield was represented by ten club members, including current ISD governor, Mike Underwood.

Governor Mike discussed 2014-2015 goals and shared an inspiring message from OI president Ken Garner. Break-outs included sessions on membership retention, starting new clubs, and intentional investment in membership growth and club involvement.

Branding is a key element to each of these tasks. First and foremost, we must keep the Optimist mission in front of our community.

The ISD 2nd quarter conference is scheduled at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Edinburgh, Indiana, on February 6-7, 2015. We'd love you have you attend and share your "journey of Optimism" with other club members from southern Indiana!

Governor Mike Underwood addresses Club members at the 1st Quarter Indiana South District Conference in November

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CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY hosted by Bill & Beth Verhonik

Thursday, Dec. 11th, 6:30pm

Verhonik Home, 6383 Amber Pass, Plainfield, IN, 46168


Plainfield Optimist members and their spouses


1 - Your favorite hor d'oeuvres or dessert

2 - Something special around your home you'd like to share? Perhaps a gift that needs "re-gifting"? They are perfect for the WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE! ($10 limit if purchasing an item)

RSVP by Monday, 12/8 - even if you are unable to join us!


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Donations made after this week will be applied to next year's NEEDY FAMILY CHRISTMAS program.

Service Opportunity: Free Gift Wrapping

We have no volunteers for Saturday, December 13th!

Check available dates/times and sign up at this link: SIGN UP

Can't wrap? Volunteer in another way:

If you are unable to wrap but would like to participate in another way, please consider:

  • donating wrapping paper, gift tags, gift boxes/bags, tape, etc.
  • take some photos of the festivities
  • we will be collecting at-will donations...stop in and say hello!
  • volunteers love treats!
  • tell others about what we're doing! Printable Flyer

Questions? Please contact Gayle Kline at gaylekline@sbcglobal.net or call 612-751-0611.

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Plainfield Optimist Club

Bringing out the BEST in our Kids, Ourselves, and our Community