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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Students are asked to choose optimism for the Optimist International scholarship contests

As we head into a new administrative year for Optimist International, we also head into a new season of scholarship contests for students. 

We're excited for the Optimist Clubs in the Pacific Northwest District to help students choose optimism by writing, speaking, or signing about these topics. 

The Optimist International Essay Contest takes place between September and February. The official topic for 2020-2021 is "Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism." Download the entry form.

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest takes place between January and May. The official topic for 2020-2021 is “Healing the World with Optimism.” Download the entry form.

Optimist International partnered with St. Louis University to expand the Oratorical Contest in 2016. This year, in the fourth year of the partnership, we expect it to improve even more! District winners will compete on an international stage where they have the opportunity to win up to $22,500 in scholarship money.The Optimist International Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) takes place betweenJanuary and May. The official topic for 2020-2021 is “Healing the World with Optimism.” Download the entry form.

When specific dates and the PNW District Chairpersons are announced, we will update the information on this website. For now, please share this contest with students, parents, teachers, and all others who are helping students learn from home. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Where flowers bloom, so do people

 On Saturday, September 12, I shared my optimism with the PSW District - Optimist International. The presentation is called "Where flowers bloom, so do people." It might be subtitled "The resilience of optimists during the pandemic." Please take a look. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Zoom with Cathy Hicks at the Optimist Coffee Cafe

Fueled by Optimist Club members across the continent, Optimist International has launched a series of Zoom chats called the Optimist Cafe. With different hosts and hostesses, and many different topics to choose from, the Coffee Cafe is a way to stay connected to Optimist Club friends and optimistic thoughts. Find the schedule for the series here. 

Beginning September 21, 2020, Cathy Hicks, Vice President-elect for the West Coast Region, Optimist International, will lead the Coffee Cafe with a West Coast twist. She invites all to participate, especially those Optimist Club members who call the West Coast Region home. 

The West Coast Region includes the following districts: Arizona, Pacific Central, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southeast, Pacific Southwest, and Southern California. 

Click here for the link. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Boise Optimists Chalk the Walk for Childhood Cancer

 The Boise Optimist Club has been a long-time supporter of childhood cancer programs. It has partnered with the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) to provide Beads of Optimism for children completing steps in their cancer treatment and held many activities to support the children and their families at Christmas and beyond. 

At Christmas, the club would bring Santa to visit with Mrs. Claus, the elves, and presents. In the spring, the club would host a prom for young students who couldn't attend theirs because of their treatment, and typically, in late summer, it would host a picnic, treating families to a carefree day where all children had the opportunity to run and play. 

That project couldn't happen this year due to COVID-19. Like the resourceful Optimist Club that they are, the Boise Optimist Club decided on a different way to lift spirits and timed their event to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Bishop Kelly High School Art Club joined with the Boise Noon Optimist Club to Chalk the Walk in front of the Children's Oncology Clinic at St. Luke's Hospital in downtown Boise, Idaho. The club shared the accompanying photos with us. Thanks to all for sharing your optimism. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

#BeAnOptimist - Be an Honor Club

Welcome to September

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our daily lives, Optimist Clubs are preparing for the final push of the Optimist International administrative year. 

Now is the time to add new members, conduct those favorite service projects in a new way, make donations to the Optimist International Foundation, and the Children's Optimist Foundation of Canada. 

Now is the time to show the resilience of a true optimist by making every Optimist Club an Honor Club.

And please, #BeAnOptimist and keep wearing your mask when you leave your home on personal or Optimist Club business. 

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