Sewell named governor-elect of Georgia Optimists


Hal Sewell, elected to serve as 2012-2013 governor-elect of the Georgia District of Optimist International, speaks to participants of the district’s convention at Sea Palms Resort at St. Simons Island.

From Staff Reports
At the annual convention of the Georgia District of Optimist International, Hal Sewell of the Senoia Optimist Club was elected to serve as the Georgia District governor-elect for the 2012-2013 administrative year that begins Oct. 1, 2012.
As such, he will serve as Georgia District governor effective Oct. 1, 2013.
Sewell was nominated by the district’s Candidate Qualifications Committee, headed this year by Mark Shriver. Shriver, a member of the Woodstock Midday and the Woodstock-Towne Lake Optimist Clubs, is a past president of the entire Optimist International organization which has its headquarters in St. Louis, Illinois.
“I am humbled that you have asked me to take this position,” Sewell told the convention audience at the Sea Palms resort on St. Simons Island. “I’ll also tell you, I’m more than a little nervous and scared. I only ask for your support as we all work together to bring out the best in kids. With your help and God’s strength, we will achieve greatness together.”

Sewell and his wife, Vicki Chambless Sewell, have two grown children: Mandy Sewell Betts and James Sewell Jr. In addition to Optimist activities, they are both active members of the Senoia United Methodist Church and the Senoia Area Historical Society. Hal also serves as treasurer of Clearwater Lake Inc.

Sewell first joined Optimist International on June 6, 1985, when the Optimist Club of Senoia was chartered. He served as the new club’s charter president and has served the club as president on a number of other occasions.

He has twice served the Georgia District, which is comprised of all of the Optimist clubs throughout the state of Georgia, as lieutenant governor for the local zone that currently includes Optimist clubs in Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Senoia, Newnan, LaGrange, and Columbus. For the current year that ends Sept. 30, 2012, he has served as the Georgia District membership chair. During this year, the Georgia District has enjoyed a growth in overall membership.

“I’m very proud of what Optimist International does to help youth and the clubs’ local communities around the world” Sewell explained.

The motto of Optimist International is “Friend of Youth.” Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.

To learn more about Optimist International, visit the organization’s website at .

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