Meridian Optimist Calendar of Events


  • Jan

    Optimist International Essay Contest

    Monday, January 01, 2018 - Thursday, February 01, 2018

    The contest is open to students under age 18 as of October 1, 2017

    Contestants are eligible for only one Club’s contest during any given year. No student who has previously won and Optimist Essay contest scholarship will be eligible to compete at any level of the competition again. The Meridian Optimist Club awards the first three places with cash awards. First place receives $200, second place receives $150, and third receives $100. The District winner receives a $2,500 college scholarship.

    The official 2017-2018 topic is:

    "Can Society Function Without Respect?”

    Submission deadline is January 31, 2018
    Entry form

    For more information contact Mike Harris (208) 484-8529


  • Mar

    10th Annual Luck O' the Irish Casino Night

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    The Meridian Firefighters and the Meridian Optimist Club are sponsoring their 8th Annual Luck O' the Irish Casino Night at the Center at The Park 1920 N Records Way in Meridian on Saturday March 10, 2018 from 6:30 PM till 11:00 PM.

    This promises to once again be a great time with lots of great prizes to be raffled including $500 cash along with some exciting Casino Style action.

    Click here for more information and a flyer for our event

  • Mar

    41st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Saturday, March 31, the Meridian Optimist Club will be holding its 41st Annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held at the Meridian Elementary School located at 1035 NW 1st Street, Map Meridian. Egg Off will be at 11:00 a.m. sharp so get there a little early for a great spot! We invite kids ages toddler/special through 10 years of age to participate.

    The field will be divided into four lanes, one for each age group. There will be signage near the starting line indicating which age group is in that lane.

    Adults are asked not to enter any of the lanes with the exception of the toddlers. Adults are welcome to accompany the toddlers.

    There will be marked "Laffy Taffy" with a sticker indicating 0-3, 4-5, 6-7 or 8-10. (Each lane is assigned a number) Take your winning "Laffy Taffy(ies)" to the prize table set up at the end of the lane you picked them up in to claim your prize(s). Make sure you are at the correct table by age group.

    The hunt will begin when the fire truck and police sirens go off at 11:00 a.m. sharp! This is when the fun begins!

    There will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and bottled water available at the refreshment table located at the playground entrance. There will be a donation jar at this table and donations will be very much appreciated.

    See you there!


  • Apr

    Optimist International Oratorical Contest

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Topic: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” 

     When: Club Contest: Will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

     Where: Meridian Police Department Conference room 1401 E Watertower, Meridian, ID 83642 Map

     Who:Students under the age of 18 years as of October 1, 2017 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. This is a combined gender contest where boys and girls compete against each other. There is no minimum age.

     How to Enter: Fill out the entry form available at Entry Form and send to: Meridian Optimist Club PO Box 681, Meridian, ID 83680

    Bring a copy of your speech and a copy of your birth certificate or Passport to the contest.

    The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships are awarded annually from this program.

    First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year.

    The winners at the Club level receive medallions and First, Second, and Third place cash awards of $200, $150, and $100 The Pacific Northwest District provides a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000. The District Contest will be held in Vancouver WA on May 12, 2018.

    Winners of the District level will be eligible to compete in a regional competition in St. Louis Missouri at Saint Louis University.  Winners of the regional contests will compete in the World Championship also held at Saint Louis University.  Students could possibly win up to $22,500 or more in scholarships!

     For more information contact:

    Bill Garcia (208) 870-7975