Robert's Rules -cont.-


3. Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition shall govern convention proceedings, not inconsistent with the Constitution and By laws and these convention rules. (OptimistInternational Bylaws, Article MX, Section 2)


4. The Credential Committee shall report at the first session thereof and periodically there after, or when directed to do so. The report of the Credentials committee to the convention shall include only those clubs with properly accredited delegates. The Committee may amend the report of the Credentials Committee before or between convention business sessions.


5. A member holding membership in more than one club may become an accredited delegate for such clubs provided he has completed registration and paid a registration fee as a delegate from each club for which he intends to vote.


6. The program as printed shall be the official program of the convention.


7. Any registered delegate may speak on any issue. To be entitled to the floor, said delegate must rise, address the presiding officer, and give his name and club affiliation.


8. Only accredited delegates may make or second motions.


9. Main motion shall be put in writing when the Chair so directs.


10. The Chair shall entertain no motion unless seconded, and shall not be open to debate or amendment before the Chair has repeated it.


11. Debate shall be limited to five minutes per speaker. A registered delegate shall not speak a second time to the same question at the same sitting if another registered delegate who has not spoken thereon rises and asks for the floor.


12. The Candidate Qualifications Committee shall nominate qualified candidates for the office of Governor elect. 


13. Following the report of the Candidate Qualifications Committee, the Governor shall call for the nominations from the floor and then call for the closing of nominations.


14. There shall be no nominating speeches if there is only one candidate nominated.


15. If more than one candidate is nominated, there may be nominating speeches on behalf of all candidates.


16. Nominating speeches shall be limited to two (2) for each candidate, one for five (5) minutes duration and one of two (2) minutes duration.


17. All voting shall be by voice, hand raising, balloting or roll call, at the discretion of the Chair. A vote by ballot on any question may be ordered by a majority vote of the accredited delegates. A roll call on any question may be requested in writing by not less than 10% of the clubs represented. In the event of a vote by ballot is ordered, the chair shall appoint a committee of tellers and name its chairman. At the conclusion of the balloting, the tellers shall certify the tabulated results, in writing, to the chair. If the balloting has been conducted for the purpose of electing an officer, the chair shall announce the name of the winner only and then entertain a motion to destroy the ballots.


18. The vote on a question, once commenced, shall not be interrupted except only to ask that the Chair restate the question.


19. An accredited delegate may change his vote from one side to the other, provided he rises and asks for the floor promptly and before the Chair declared the result final.


20. No appeal from a decision of the Chair shall be in order unless based on a point of order, and shall be seconded. The vote thereon shall be put not on sustaining the appeal but on sustaining the decision of the Chair. A majority vote in the negative reverses the decision of the Chair.


21. Not more than two amendments to any question shall be ending at one time, but after disposal of one or both of them, other amendments may be proposed.


22. The convention may, to expedite the handling of business, limit as it chooses, the time or the number of speakers for each side on any question or the total time for debate by a two-thirds vote.


23. Chairmen of committees may make partial reports during lull periods of the convention unless otherwise ordered.


24. Adoption of convention rules shall be the first business in order. These convention rules shall be adopted by a majority vote, but they may be suspended, rescinded or amended after their adoption by a two-thirds vote. (Optimist International Bylaws, Article X, Section 6




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The Optimist Creed


Promise Yourself …


To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and Prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.