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Ginny PhotoVirginia A "Ginny" Ricker
Columbia-Downtown (22045)
1204 Covenant Road
Columbia, SC 29204

Fellow Optimists,

I feel very proud to be serving as Governor of the South Carolina District during the 2016-2017 Optimist year, and I assure you that I will do my best to ensure that your faith in me has been duly placed.  I am willing to assist you in anyway I can.  Working together, we can accomplish much this year!

As I look around our great State, I am very proud of what I see.  I know that the future of our organization is in the right hands, for I see the strongest leadership our District has ever known.  Already, you are putting plans into action, and working towards goals and objectives. You are setting a positive, enthusiastic tone for our members, and as a result, we will accomplish much!

During this Optimist year, Service, Growth, Friendship, and Fun will be our goal; "South Carolina Optimists...Helping Children, One Child At A Time!" will be our District brand, and; The "Optimist Creed" will be our personal mantra.

Thank you for your commitment to the children of South Carolina.  By working together, we will have the best year ever!


Virginia A. Ricker