A Student Organization : A Worldwide Volunteer Organization

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“Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local clubs whose members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.” (Optimist International, 2017) It is a service organization that follows five pillars. Although all are equally important, the primary focus is “to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.” (Optimist International, 2017) As with many service organizations, Optimist started out as a group of business men who gathered socially to discuss business problems over lunch.…show more content…
Optimist International President Jim Kondrasuk states that the organization’s strengths are, “Its members serving their communities through the local clubs, personal development and the friendships gained not only locally but throughout the world.” (Kondrasuk, 2017) Jim Boyd the Director of Strategic Growth of Optimist International states, “The strength is how it is in the people building business. It helps young people grow and enhances the local community.” (Boyd, 2017) Looking at the S.W.O.T. Analysis, other strengths are long standing clubs, dedicated members, and leadership programs and opportunities to lead. All organizations have weaknesses and Optimist International is no different. Some of these are cost of dues and the events such as quarterly conferences and international conventions. The cost seems to limit young people from participating in the organizational events and prohibits young people from joining the club. It also has an aging membership which if not corrected brings the demise of local clubs. Optimist President Kondrasuk goes on to say that the local club structure is a major problem. Millennials are not interested nor have the time to attend weekly, biweekly, or monthly meetings. Some local clubs meet for breakfast, others at lunch and some in the evenings. These times make it hard for working people to attend these meetings. Most young people just

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