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Optimist Club Hosts Oratorical Contest for Students

Optimist Club Hosts Oratorical Contest for Students

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The Optimist Club of Van Wert held its annual oratorical contest on March 14 online via Zoom. The topic that local students were challenged to address was “Healing the World with Optimism.” Austin Yinger, a fifth grade student at Crestview Elementary, earned first place in the contest. Derek Yinger, an eighth grader at Crestview Middle School, garnered second place, and Myles Moody, an eighth grade student at Lincolnview Middle School was third. All three were awarded medallions and prize money of $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. Abbie Mengerink from Van Wert High School and Garrett Mosier from Lincolnview Middle School also competed in the competition. Austin Yinger advances to the regional contest on Apr. 17. The winner at the regional contest moves on to…
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2021 Avenue of Flags

2021 Avenue of Flags

Avenue of Flags, Club News, Volunteer Opportunities
The Optimist Club of Van Wert is gearing up again for the 2021 Avenue of Flags program! Each year, the group places American flags around town during 5 summer and fall holidays. This year the club plans on displaying about 400 large flags in front of homes and businesses. Besides being a community patriotism activity, this is the group's largest annual fundraising activity.  Just by participating, you are able to showcase your patriotism and thank those that have served or who are currently serving. Did you know you also benefit area youth? The money earned by this program is directly reinvested into other programs we offer that benefit the youth in the area. Program details: For $50/year, our club will deliver and place your flag before each holiday and retrieve it after…
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2021 OPTIMIST CLUB ORATORICAL CONTEST

2021 OPTIMIST CLUB ORATORICAL CONTEST

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The Optimist Club of Van Wert invites area students to enter its annual Oratorical contest, for the opportunity to win prize money and the possibility of earning thousands of dollars in scholarships. The Optimist Club Oratorical Contest is set for Mar. 14 and will be conducted online via Zoom. Students are asked to craft a four-to-five-minute speech addressing the topic, “Healing the World with Optimism.” Winners will receive cash awards of $300 for first-place, $200 for second-place, and $100 for third place. The top two local contestants will advance to zone, regional, district, and possibly international level competitions for the opportunity to win $2,500 up to $22,500 in scholarships. The contest is open to all Van Wert county students who are under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 and…
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Essay and Oratorical Contests Announced for Area Students

Essay and Oratorical Contests Announced for Area Students

Club News, Essay, Oratorical, Scholarship Opportunities
The Optimist Club of Van Wert invites area students to enter its annual Essay and Oratorical contests, for the opportunity to win prize money and the possibility of earning thousands of dollars in scholarships. ESSAY CONTEST The Optimist Club Essay Contest encourages area students to write about the topic, When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?  Optimist Club members will judge students’ essays and determine the winners of medallions and cash awards of $300 for first-place, $150 for second-place, and $50 for third-place. Winners of the local contest advance to the district contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. Essay contest applications are available now at Crestview, Lincolnview, and Van Wert middle and high schools, or may be obtained by contacting Diana Cearns at 419-238-1463.…
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Optimist Communication Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

Optimist Communication Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

Club News, Oratorical
$3500.00 in Scholarships Will Be Awarded to the Winner By Optimist International & the Ohio District! The Ohio Optimists are, once again, offering a fantastic scholarship opportunity to students who are deaf or hearing impaired and a chance to improve their oratorical skills at the same time with their C.C.D.H.H. Please share with anyone you know who may be interested. Download the Flyer here:     Download the Application here:       Last year, only 8 students participated state wide in this contest so I'm not sure if it is due to lack of interest or the students not receiving the information.   This year's topic is: “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality? Interested students should complete their application and turn it back in to me…
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Optimist partners with Service Club to Host Van Wert Children’s Christmas Garden

Optimist partners with Service Club to Host Van Wert Children’s Christmas Garden

Club News
Jim Clay and his family have dedicated six Christmas seasons to bring joy to the Van Wert and surrounding communities in the form of a whimsical Christmas Garden - A place where imagination becomes a reality. From free candy canes to a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, area residents were delighted to get into the holiday spirit. This fanciful display was made possible by many corporate and private sponsors. When it was shared that the event may not continue, two area clubs were inspired to join forces to continue the Christmas display at Smiley Park. Thanks to their volunteer spirit, The Van Wert Service Club and the Optimist Club of Van Wert are joining forces to continue the Christmas joy that is the Children's Christmas Garden at Smiley Park…
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2019 – Avenue of Flags Program

2019 – Avenue of Flags Program

Avenue of Flags, Club News
Veteran's Day is right around the corner. If you are a participant in this program, be on the lookout for our members who will be installing our beautiful flags across the city of Van Wert. Just by participating, you are able to showcase your patriotism and thank those that have served or who are currently serving. Did you know you also benefit area youth? The money earned by this program is directly reinvested into other programs we offer that benefit the youth in the area. Program details: For $50/year, our club will deliver and place your flag before each holiday and retrieve after the holiday. The Optimist Club of Van Wert is responsible for the placement of the flag and proper storage after the flags have been recovered. If you…
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2018-2019 Club Leadership

2018-2019 Club Leadership

Club News
Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts New Officers and Board Members On Thursday, September 27, The Optimist Club of Van Wert inducted the 2018-2019 officers and board members. 2018-2019 Officers & Board Members include: Officers are Marie Miller from Brand It Marketing, President; Sean Sauer from Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Vice President; Michelle Gunter from Schrader Realty, Second Vice-President; Diana Cearns from 1st Federal Bank, Past President; Ray Able, Secretary/Treasurer. Board Members are Andy Manz, Gloria Waterman both from Bashore Reineck Stoller & Waterman, Inc, Trevor Webster of Edward Jones, Judge Kevin Taylor, Greg Yinger of Community Health Professionals and Amanda Miller from The Van Wert Community Foundation. The Optimist Club of Van Wert is proudly serving the Van Wert County area since the 1980s. We are comprised of men and…
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Optimist Club to Sponsor Art Show during Peony Festival

Optimist Club to Sponsor Art Show during Peony Festival

Club News, Peony Festival
In conjunction with this summer’s Peony Festival event held June 1-2, Optimist Club of Van Wert will again sponsor an art show for talented students from Van Wert County. Earlier in May, letters were sent out to area school art teachers asking for submissions from their students. Participants will need to have all submissions matted for ease of display, no larger than 18” x 24”. All submissions will be on display during the festival.  Friday, June 1, all winners will be identified with first place designation.  Everyone will have an opportunity to vote for People’s Choice until noon on Saturday June 2, 2018. Winning submissions will be professionally matted, framed and displayed at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
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2018 Avenue of Flags

2018 Avenue of Flags

Avenue of Flags, Club News
The Optimist Club of Van Wert is bringing back the Avenue of Flags program, a patriotic community service. The positive feedback the Optimist Club of Van Wert has received from the 2017 Avenue of Flags program was incredible. We are grateful for those who participated last year, and wish to extend an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for a 2018 membership. If you sign up by May 1st, you will receive a $5 discount on one single flag for a total cost of $45.00 for the year. (Original price: $50.00) Multiple flags at the same address are $40 each. You can also sponsor a flag! How it works Participants in this program receive a 3-by-5-foot, high-quality American flag on a 10-foot flagpole within 15 feet of the curb in front of a home or…
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