Meridian Optimist Calendar of Events


  • Jan

    Optimist Essay Contest

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - Friday, February 7, 2020

    The Optimist Club of MERIDIAN is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2019-2020 school year.

    The Meridian Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?and will determine the top local winners.

    Deadline for essays to be turned into the Meridian Optimist Club is February 7, 2020.

    The Meridian Optimist Club awards the first three places with cash awards.

    First place receives $200

    Second place receives $150 and

    Third place receives $100.

    In addition the Club-level winning Essay will be submitted to the District Level Contest for the opportunity of winning a $2,500 college scholarship.

    Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can download an entry form here or contact the club chairman Mike Harris at 208-484-8529


  • Feb

    Optimist International Oratorical Contest

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Wednesday, February 26, 2020


    Optimist International Oratorical Contest

    Sponsored by The Optimist Club of Meridian


    Topic: “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries?”

    When: Club Contest: Will be held Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

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

    Who: Students under the age of 19 years as of October 1, 2019 and are not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. 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 from our website 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 Longview, WA on April 25, 2020.

    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 870-7975


  • Mar

    12th Annual Luck o' the Irish Casino Night

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Saturday, March 14, 2020

    12th Annual Luck O' the Irish Casino Night

    The Meridian Optimist Club, together with the Meridian Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund, will be co-sponsoring our 12th annual “Luck O’ the Irish” Casino Night.  This event will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.  The event is being held at the “Center at the Park” in the Julius M. Kleiner Park, next to the The Village, 1920 N. Records Avenue, Meridian, Idaho.

    Proceeds from this event will go to the Meridian Firefighters Burnout Fund, Meridian Optimist Club’s Youth Programs, and the Meridian Optimist Junior Rifle Club.   

    Entry tickets are $5 per person, which includes play money and a door prize ticket.  Bring two non-perishable food items for the Meridian Food Bank and receive $5 off admission and an extra $100 in play money!  Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the evening with many great items to be raffled.  There will also be three door prizes given away throughout the evening of $50 cash each.   If you are interested in purchasing advanced entry tickets, please contact Bill or Kim at

    Click here for more information and a flyer for our event


  • Apr

    Annual Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled

    Saturday, April 11, 2020

    Due to the current events and in the interest of everyones safety we have cancelled our 43rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11.

    We hope to see you next year!