Programs

The Lancaster County Optimist Club serves the community's youth through a variety of activites. Being an Optimist Club member means volunteering time and talents to projects which make a difference in the life of a child.

 

If your organization is in need of volunteers or would like to partner with the Lancaster County Optimist Club, please contact us through the "Members" page contact form.

Annual Initiatives:

Essay Contest
Essay Contest

Effective October 1, 2019 the contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1 of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1-September 30) and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. Students must compose a 700- to 800-word essay around a central idea. The contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. One scholarship of $500 awarded at the local level. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year.

Oratorical Contest

Effective October 1, 2019, the contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1 of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1-September 30) and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. Students are required to prepare a 4- to 5-minute speech on a pre-assigned topic. This contest is designed to assist youth in gaining public speaking experience and provide them with an opportunity to compete for a scholarship.

Envirothon

For more than 10 years the Optimist have partnered with the County Park's Envirothon. Each Lancaster County school who chooses to organize an Envirothon club for grades 4-8 spends a school year learning about the environment in 1 of 4 rotating themed courses of study. In May, the students meet at the County Park to compete and test their knowledge of that years particular theme. The 4 winning teams are awarded $100 worth of books to take back to their school library. 

Youth Citizen & Achievement Award

Awarded yearly to two graduating seniors from Lancaster County area high schools in honor of their volunteer service to the community. Each winning student wins $100, with the winners announced during a celebration. 
2019 Winners:
Sameeha Hossain

Evan Lyons

Better Food Make Better Kids 

in partnership with Lumina

Hooked on Fishing Derby

Bears at Camp Chimaqua

Each summer the Lancaster County Hospice Center sponsors a bereavement camp for those children who have lost a loved one during the year. Lancaster County Optimist provide the softest, most cuddly bears they can find to give to each camper at the beginning of the camp session.

OI Junior Golf Tournament

The Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament is one of the largest junior golf tournaments in the world. Each year, more than 600 golfers participate in THE OPTIMIST. 
This year, our club is sponsoring Sawyer Marten, a sophmore at Hempfield High School. Sawyer qualified for the tournament during an event held in Bethlehem. He will compete in THE OPTIMIST on July 21-26th in Florida.

OPTIMIST INFORMATION

ADDRESS

Optimist Club of Lancaster
P.O. Box 1215
Lancaster, PA 17608-1215

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