Dear Optimist Club Leadership,

I am writing to you to share a unique summer golf tournament that positions our District as one of the best supporters of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. Our goal this year is to gain the support of 50 or more junior golfers. Our region, the states of Alabama and Mississippi, are blessed to have a great number of youth golfers. Our mission is to find them and encourage them to participate in our Alabama Mississippi Optimist District Championship and International Qualifier on June 10 at the Foley Golf Course in Foley, Alabama.

Your club is encouraged to become an event sponsor and your club members are encouraged to participate as volunteers. A hole sponsor is priced at $125 (including the cost of preparing the sign). Clubs that make the recommended $100 contribution to the event will receive a hole sponsor placement. Naturally, any support that your club or individuals in your community gives will be greatly appreciated.

The entry fee is $75 and includes the green fees, range balls, water, and drinks on the course awards. Players interested in playing a practice round on Sunday, June 9th can secure their practice round for a fee of $25.

What makes this tournament so unusual is that each of the participants is also competing for an opportunity to qualify for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship at the Trump Doral Country Club & Spa in July. Those players that qualify for the Junior Golf Championship will receive financial assistance from the Optimist Clubs in the Alabama Mississippi Optimist District #29 to compete at the next level.

The District Qualifier includes seven age levels, four divisions for boys and three divisions for girls. The age groups are Boys 10 & under; 11 – 12; 13 – 15, and 16 – 18. The Girls 11 – 12, 13 – 14 & 15 – 18.

Our goal with this golf tournament is to support the youth golf movement in Alabama and Mississippi. We know that we have more interest in golf at the Middle School and High School levels. We are also seeing growth in the number of golf courses offering youth leagues and lessons. The goal of an Optimist Club is to improve the lives of young people, the community and ourselves. This golf tournament is just one of many ways that Optimist Clubs around the world make a difference in the lives of young people.

In closing, please share the information on this tournament within your Optimist Club and externally to any of the golfing relationships that you have. We hope to secure event sponsors that include supporting one age group qualifier ($730 per qualifier) and those that support a hole sponsorship. In all sponsor levels, the cost of creating the signage rests with those organizing this event.


Jeffrey A. Keener

Jeff Keener, Governor

Alabama Mississippi Optimist District #29

251-210-9081 / 859-991-4619


The Achievement and Awards (A&A) Program is an excellent way to share with the district how committed you are to Optimism through great projects and programs your club is doing to make a positive difference in the life of children, supporting Optimist International and experiencing personal growth and development.

The chart below is the1st Quarter 2023-2024 awards.

Optimist Clubs are essential to our communities. Many people are unaware of the talent they possess, that we help the youth to pursue their dreams, promote leadership, talent, and prosperity. The first Thursday in February is International Optimist Day.

Wear your Optimist apparel to help spread the word that we are here to help.

Congratulations to the Perdido Bay Optimist Club for earning the ALMS District 1st Quarter Membership Growth Trophy. The club had a net 7 membership growth. The trophy could be your club next quarter if you just recruit and retain.

106th Optimist International Convention,

Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 22-26, 2024

The 106th Optimist International Convention will be held at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario from June 22 to 26, 2024. It promises to be a fantastic chance to hear motivational speakers, attend workshops, meet and socialize with other Optimists, and have fun!

Did you know, the Optimist Club of Toronto was the first club to be chartered outside of the united States in January 1924? Since then, over 500 clubs have been chartered across Canada. Don’t miss the opportunity to help celebrate 100 Years of Optimism in Canada during the Convention! Interested in learning more about the 100 years of Optimism Canada?

Take in some of the best views of Niagara Falls from your guest room at Sheraton Fallsview Hotel. A stunning $50 million transformation is complete. From the unrivaled location overlooking Niagara Falls, the hotel offers an indoor walkway to Casino Niagara, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, and top local restaurants, attractions, and shopping nearby. Located moments from Niagara’s Iconic Boat Ride and Niagara Parks and a short drive to Niagara Wineries. During your stay, indulge in celebrity chef-inspired cuisine at Massimo Italian Fallsview Restaurant, Niagara’s #1 Italian restaurant; relax at Christienne Fallsview Spa, named the #1 Spa in Ontario; or visit Niagara’s only Fallsview rooftop pool and bar.

Click the button at the right to make your hotel reservation at the Sheraton Fallsview for the International Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada June 23-26, 2023.

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MAY 20

Club Officer-elect Report due

to Optimist International

MAY 24 - 26

HOBY Seminar - Alabama

MAY 30

JOI Club Officer-elect Report due

to Optimist International

MAY 31 - JUNE 2

HOBY Seminar - Mississippi


District Junior Golf Tournament

Glen Lakes, Foley, AL

JUNE 22 - JUNE 26

106th Optimist International

Convention, Niagara Falls, Ontario