In the next six weeks, students will be facing off in the annual Optimist International Oratorical Contest. The topic this year is "How my best brings out the best in others."
Beginning at the Optimist Club level, students prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the official topic. Complete rules may be found at this link.
Club-level winners advance to the Super Zone Contest on April 2, 2016. Locations in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia may be learned by contacting committee chairperson Dick Disney.
The winning contestants from each Super Zone will advance to the PNW District - Optimist International competition taking place in conjunction with the 3rd Quarter Meeting in Vancouver, Washington, April 29-30, 2016. Meeting details follow:
Hampton Inn & Suites
315 SE Olympia Drive
Vancouver, WA 98684
Hotel registration should be made by March 29. Rates from $129 USD/night.
Each year, Optimist Clubs award $240,000 in scholarships to youths during the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. Beginning in 2016, there will be an extended contest bringing the prize money available to more than $300,000.
District-level winners will advance, for the first time, to a Regional Contest and 8 Regional winners will then move forward to an International-level competition. The Optimist International Oratorical World Championships will be conducted in conjunction with St. Louis University and will include contstants from around the world. A single scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded at this level. Learn more about the new program here.
A little more than 100 people were in attendance at Linn Benton Community College on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, as the Optimist Club of Albany, Oregon honored 21 students at the annual Youth Appreciation Awards event.
A keynote presentation given by Doug Marteeny. He shared 4 of the 5 secrets of success.
March is for members. At least that is what I've always thought. March is the time that we come out of our winter hibernation and host the Optimist International Oratorical Contest and begin planning for end-of-the-schoolyear activities. It's when we get our broadest publicity in our communities because we are out and about doing good deeds.
Optimist International has come up with an idea that will allow Optimist Clubs to target market membership to certain segments in our communities. It is called Honoring our Heroes. For the next four months - March, April, May and June - your Optimist Club can add three heroes, pay their membership dues, and then get three additional heroes at no charge. In other words, it is a buy-one, get-one free deal.
For this purpose, heroes are defined as educators, active duty military personnel or veterans and first responders. Click to hear about the Honoring our Heroes promotion directly from International President Dave Bruns.