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New Members Alert – George Scott and Rev. Janine Foster

New Members Alert – George Scott and Rev. Janine Foster

Club News, Membership
It was a banner day at the noon Optimist club meeting! We inducted 2 new members: George Scott with Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Rev. Janine Foster with Trinity Lutheran Church- Convoy, OH. Help us congratulate them in joining! Pictured from left to right: George Scott with Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, W. Ray Able - Lt. Governor Ohio District and Secretary Treasurer for Optimist Club of Van Wert, Rev. Janine Foster with Trinity Lutheran Church and Optimist Club President Diana Cearns with First Federal of Van Wert, OH. Together we are #OptimistStrong.      
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Marie Miller named Ohio District Bulletin Editor

Marie Miller named Ohio District Bulletin Editor

Club News
The Ohio District-Optimist International Governor Tom Kendo is excited to announce that Marie Miller, Van Wert Optimist Club, will assume the position of Ohio District Bulletin Editor for the 2017-2018 “Optimist Strong” year. Come and meet, Marie Miller from Brand It Marketing Communications. Social is the perfect work to describe Marie. Marie has been in the marketing industry since 1998 and started her career in the graphic design industry, having graduated from Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne with a graphic design degree. Throughout her career, she found that communication plays an integral role in the relationship between businesses and consumers. By utilizing social platforms to build and nurture relationships, the communication barrier can be lifted. Social media provides businesses with measurable data to determine the success (or failure) of a particular…
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2018 Officers Installed

2018 Officers Installed

Club News
Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts 2018 Officers and Board Members On Thursday, September 28 - The Optimist Club of Van Wert is inducted the 2018 officers and board members. Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts 2018 Officers & Board Members. Officers are Diana Cearns, President; Marie Junk Miller, First Vice-President; Sean M. Sauer, Second Vice-President; Thaison Leaser, Past President; Ray Able, Secretary/Treasurer. Board Members are Michelle Kimmey Gunter, Michele Purmort Mooney, Jennifer Kimmel Smith, Andy Manz, Gloria Waterman & Trevor Webster. The Optimist Club of Van Wert has been proudly serving the Van Wert County area since the 1980s. We are comprised of men and women dedicated to the community, friendship, fun, service to youth and the promotion of Optimist as a way of life. Our positive approach, upbeat…
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Membership Luncheon

Membership Luncheon

Membership
You may not have heard, but the Optimist Club in Van Wert is the place to be.  We have room for new members, and would love for you to consider joining our organization.  Maybe you have employees looking for ways to give back to the Van Wert community, or maybe you have a passion for assisting the youth in our area. Whatever the desire, the Optimist Club of Van Wert can help you meet those goals. The purpose of the Van Wert Optimist Club is to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world. “Providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in the youth,…
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2017 Essay Contest

Club News, Scholarship Opportunities
For Immediate Release | January 16, 2017 Optimist Club to Sponsor Essay Contest for Students The Optimist Club of Van Wert is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017. The contest is open to all Van Wert County students who were under age 18 as of October 1, 2016. The Essay Contest entry deadline is February 15, 2016. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, and determine the top winners. Local winners will receive medallions along with cash awards of 1st place ($300) and 2nd place ($150). In addition to developing skills for written expression and winning local cash awards, participants also have the opportunity to win a scholarship! The winning…
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2017 Oratorical Contest

Club News, Scholarship Opportunities
Optimist Club of Van Wert to Sponsor Oratorical Contest for Students The Optimist Club of Van Wert wants to inform you about its annual Oratorical Contest for students to be held Sunday, February 19, 2017. The topic this year is “What the World Gains from Optimism.” Students’ speeches will be judged based on content and presentation to determine the top boy and girl winners. First-place winners will receive a $300 prize and advance to the zone or regional level, and possibly the district level for the opportunity to win scholarships. The Oratorical Contest challenges students to express their thoughts and opinions to an audience with the opportunity to win prizes and scholarships. Our club hopes to bring out the best in each of young person and help them achieve their…
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Avenue of Flags Program

Avenue of Flags, Club News
The Optimist Club of Van Wert is proud to bring you the inaugural Avenue of Flags program. We invite you to participate in our patriotic community service program and fundraiser called the Avenue of Flags. It is a wonderful way to honor our troops and help us support our youth programs and activities. We will place a 3’ by 5’ high-quality, American flag on a 10’ flag pole within 15’ of the curb in front of your home or business for the following days surrounding five national holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day. For $50/yr, we deliver and place your flag prior to each holiday and retrieve after the holiday. Remember, the Optimist Club of Van Wert is responsible for replacement of the flag…
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