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Optimist Club to Sponsor Essay Contest for Students

Optimist Club to Sponsor Essay Contest for Students

Club News, Essay, Scholarship Opportunities
The Optimist Club of Van Wert is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase "Can Society Function Without Respect" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2017-2018 school year. The contest is open to all Van Wert County students who were under age 18 as of October 1, 2017. The Essay Contest entry deadline is February 15, 2018. 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 essay will advance to the district contest to compete for a $2,500 scholarship and…
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Christmas Update

Christmas Update

Club News
On Friday, December 1st, our club rang the Salvation Army Bell at Walmart from 10:00 to 7:00, and the club raised $461.31! Salvation Army was very happy! The club has asked members at the Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th meetings to donate to “Blessings in a Backpack” to be used for a special Christmas treat and towards the purchase of cans of meat. We have raised $157.50 so far. We will be collecting again this week – December 14th with a goal of a total of $250 – so just $92.50 to go! We have decided to meet on Thursday, December 21st for a regular Optimist Meeting. We will be having a White Elephant gift exchange. Please bring a $10 item that can be a gag type gift and does…
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Van Wert County Hospital Donation

Van Wert County Hospital Donation

Club News
Yesterday after our club meeting, Judge Kevin Taylor delivered toys to the Van Wert County Hospital. The Optimist Club has been providing plush toys to the hospital for over 30 years for children in the pediatric department as well as in the emergency room. These toys bring comfort to children who are scared and/or nervous and we are blessed to be able to provide them. Fun Fact - when the toys are purchased, a portion of the proceeds of each sale goes to charity - so it's a double win! Together in our community we are all #OptimistStrong.
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New Member Alert – Rachel Davis

New Member Alert – Rachel Davis

Club News, Membership
  An official welcome to new member Rachel Davis. Rachel joins us from Eaton in Van Wert where she is an HR Manager and was officially installed as a club member during the November 2nd meeting, though she has been a member since October. Pictured left to right is Ray Able - Lt. Governor Ohio District and Secretary Treasurer for Optimist Club of Van Wert, Rachel Davis from Eaton in Van Wert and Optimist Club President Diana Cearns with First Federal of Van Wert, OH.   Way to be #OptimistStrong!
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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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