Optimist Indiana South District

Conventions, Events & Links



Friday & Saturday, April 12 and 13, 2024

Kimball International Headquarters
1600 royal Street
Jasper, Indiana


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3rd Quarter Conference April 12 – 13, 2024 Kimball International Headquarters

Agenda Overview

Friday Night Dinner will be at the Schnitzelbank  393 Third Ave, Jasper, IN 47546 7:00 pm EST

8:00-9:00       Registration – Past Governors Association Meeting
9:00-9:15        General Session 1, Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation, Introductions, First Timers Recognition,
9:15-9:35        Catch A Rising Star, Walt Willms
9:35-9:45        International Convention Update – Paula Reyling
9:45-10:15       District Meeting – Minutes and financial report – Rick, Election of Lt. Governors – Kent
10:30-10:45    Break/Oratorical Contest Set Up
10:45-11:55     District Oratorical Contest
11:55-12:00     Essay Winner Reading
12:00-1:00      Lunch – Oratorical Award Presentation
1:00- 1:30       Optimist in Action – Small Group Discussion and Presentation
1:30-2:00        Committee Updates: CCDHH, ITYS, Jr. Golf
2:00-2:45        Mike Novak Comments and Introduction, Fatima Platter, Optimist International Foundation – The Value of Giving
2:45-3:00        Indiana South District – website features and functionality
3:00-3:15         Digital Diary Video and Happy Dollars
3:15-3:30        Wrap Up-Optimist Creed

Optimist Indiana South District

3rd Quarter Conference



FRIDAY & SATURDAY, April 12 – 13, 2024

Kimball International Headquarters
1600 Royal Street
Jasper, Indiana


Message from Governor …

Greetings Fellow Optimists,

As we enter our busy season, I wish you all well. I know we are busy with TriStar Basketball, Oratorical
and Essay competitions among other events. Let me hear about your club activities, I know clothe-a-
child projects are planned at a few clubs.

Our upcoming district conference in Jasper will feature the oratorical finals. In addition, we will be
holding lieutenant governor elections for 2024/2025. If you are willing to serve, we need you.
Down the road, we are planning for our Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on May
17 th , at the Indiana School for the Deaf, 1200 E. 42 nd St. in Indianapolis. This is a change from the past
years when the contest was held on the first Friday.
Junior golf will be held at a new location this year – Oak Tree Golf Course, 4712 U.S. Rt. 40 in Plainfield.
The event date is June 14 th .

Hope to see you in Jasper on April 13 th !

Greg Kuhn
Indiana South Optimist Indiana Governor

Fatima Plater

Our Special Guest for our conference is Fatima Plater, Optimist International Foundation Board Member.

Fatima N. Plater is a native of Detroit, MI, who graduated from Western Michigan University with a
BS in Special Education. She received a Masters Degree and an Educational Specialist Degree in
Special Education Administration, from Wayne State University. Her professional career has

encompassed teaching in the Detroit Public School system (retired) as a special education teacher-
consultant, reading specialist and regular education teacher.

Fatima is a charter member of Metro Riverfront Optimist Club, Loving Community Optimist Club and
and International Centennial Optimist Club
Fatima has built 27 clubs, and has recruited 175 members; over her 28 years as an optimist. She was a
Distinguished and Outstanding OI District Foundation Representative (2004-2005).
She has served on Optimist International Board of Directors. and as a Northeast- Great Lakes
Region Vice President and presently is on the Optimist International Board of Directors as Chair of the
Health & Wellness Committee and OIF Treasurer.
Fatima’s daughter and son-in-law, Amani and Marcus Pollard, finished in 3rd place on Season 19 of
the Amazing Race. Marcus is Director of Player Development and Engagement for the Jacksonville
Jaguars. He played 10 years for the Indianapolis Colts and lives in St. Johns’s, Florida with her four
Fatima embraces the beliefs of Marion Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, who
stated, “ We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily
differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”


Renew, Refresh and Revitalize

Begin now to Renew, Refresh and Revitalize your Club to be the best that it can be! What is the 3 “R” program and what can it do for your Club? Experience the results of this program designed especially for your Club IF you:

  • Renew: Embrace Teamwork by utilizing all of your resources at your disposal efficiently
  • Refresh: Take steps to discover improvement opportunities and find new challenges
  • Revitalize: Follow-up on the development of your Members – Share information

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