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Optimist Club of Solon sponsors essay contest for students

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon 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 Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on this year’s theme and determine winners who will receive a medallion and a $300 college scholarship. The winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.
“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” club President Bob Upmeyer said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”
The Optimist Club of Solon has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for over 40 years and has been active in the community since 1966.
Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include an Easter Egg hunt, bicycle rodeo, fishing derby, the Tri-Star basketball contest and several others.
Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more by contacting the club at 319-624-3401, extension 1139.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations, with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout the world.
Following the mission statement, “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves,”
Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call 314-371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.