The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is seeking candidates for the annual Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s topic is: “Optimism Should be a Priority”. Students who are under the age of 19, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible to participate. The contest is designed to give young people valuable experience in expressing their thoughts in a public forum and compete for local and state prizes. At the local level (BOCK) the prize for first place is $200. At the District level the prize for first place is a $2,500 scholarship.
Click the following link (http://www.optimist.org/Forms/Essay_RULES_PAD-E_14-15.pdf) for a copy of Essay Contest Application form including the Essay Contest Rules. Essays, hard copy only, are to be submitted to the address below, no later than 5:00 pm Thursday, January 29. Essays will be judged at the local level and then sent on to the District Essay Chair by February 28, 2014.
Please let me know wish to participate in the contest by contacting me at (269-341-1239 or at [email protected]) by Thursday, January 22. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me.
Let’s think warm weather by planning to participate in the BOCK CCC Golf Outing on Sunday, June 22nd. It will be at the The Prairies Golf Club on W. Main. The event is a 4-person scramble to raise money for OI’s Childhood Cancer Campaign as well as supporting local events for kids with cancer. Last year we supported Bronson Children’s Hospital Journey Bead Program. You don’t have to be a professional golfer to participate so spread the word to friends, family, and co-workers. There’s snacks, prizes, raffles, awards lunch and more.
Registration forms are attached. We are also looking for hole sponsors. Individual levels are $50, $100 or $250 (see Sponsorship form for more information).
If you are interested in participating please contact Nicole Ingersoll at [email protected] or (269) 217-0513.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the “How Dreams Lead to Success” essay contest.
First Place – Daniel Saba, Second Place – Emma Jean VandenBrink, and Third Place – Maddy Kindler. They each were awarded with a medallion and monetary scholarship.
We judged 34 essays from students at Portage Central High School and Cathy Balik. The winners read their essays at the meeting on March 20th and we are hoping Daniel’s will win at the Michigan District meeting in May.
Congratulations to Hattie Foley and Noah Pyzik for winning the 2014 Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo Oratorical Contest. Each student spoke on the topic of “How My Passions Impact the World.” The contest was held on February 22, 2014. Noah and Hattie competed against Michael Williams, Scott Solomon and Katelyn Kring. All are students at Portage Central High School.
Both students will participate at the Michigan District Optimist Region 1 competition at Muskegon Baker College on April 12, 2014 with other students from the Grand Rapids, Ludington and Muskegon area. If they win at this level, they will proceed to the competition at the 3rd Quarter Michigan District Optimist meeting in Bay City on May 17th.
The Oratorical Contest is a program of Optimist International which gives youth a chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.
A special thank you to the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtor’s for sharing their building for this event.