Fatima Plater Optimist International Foundation Board Candidate
As a member of Optimist International for the past 26 years, I have seen the power of giving from our membership on a club, district and regional level. When asked to give with informed understanding, our members give of their time, talents and monetary resources.
I’d be an asset to the Optimist International Board of Directors due to my ability and experience as an Award Recognized Educator, grant writer and Optimist International Trainer, past member of the Optimist International Activities Committee and Optimist International JOI Committee.
My goal would be to reach our untapped resources, club by club, member by member, to explain our foundation’s mission and vision and the role each of us play in their achievement.
I have not only served on the Board of Directors of Optimist International, its Finance Committee, Northeast Great Lakes Vice-President, MI District Governor but also, currently serve on the Board of Directors of Renaissance Head Start which impacts 300 families in the Metropolitan Detroit Community with a $3,000,000 budget and have served on the City of Detroit’s Human Right’s Commission. These experiences have given me first-hand knowledge of budgets and program management.
My passionate commitment to the Optimist International Foundation is shown by my efforts as the Michigan District Distinguished Foundation Representative (DFR) raising $50,000. I hold membership in Christian D. Larsen, Friend of Today, President’s Club, supporter of Women’s Philanthropy, Distinguished Benefactor and Dime A Day. I also, have initiated the Fatima Plater Scholarship Fund through the Optimist International Foundation’s Campaign program, which has raised to date approximately $13,000.
As I look toward a position on the OI Foundation Board of Directors, I pledge to work tirelessly toward the mission of the OI Foundation: “Seeking, receiving and managing funds and real personal property for the benefit of Optimist International and its Member Clubs for charitable, literary and educational activities.”