Meridian Optimist Calendar of Events


  • Mar

    Optimist Oratorical Contest

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019


    Optimist International Oratorical Contest

    Sponsored by The Optimist Club of Meridian


    Topic: “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”

    When: Club Contest: Will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 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, 2018 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 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 Bellingham WA on April 13, 2019.

    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

    11th Annual Luck O' the Irish Casino Night

    Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Saturday, March 16, 2019

    The Meridian Optimist Club, together with the Meridian Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund, will be co-sponsoring our 11th annual “Luck O’ the Irish” Casino Night.  This event will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, 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 $15 per person, which includes play money and a door prize ticket.  Bring two non-perishable food items for the Meridian Food Bank and receive 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

    42nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019

    42nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Saturday, April 20, the Meridian Optimist Club will be holding its 42ndt 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!


  • Nov


    Saturday, November 30, 2019 - Saturday, December 21, 2019

    This is our major fundraiser for the year which supports the many projects we do throughout the year such as our essay and oratorical scholarship programs, annual Easter egg hunt, food baskets for those in need, Meridian Optimist Junior Rifle Club, The Meridian Food Bank and much more.

    BONUS Bring two non perishable food items for the Meridian Food Bank and receive a $5.00 discount on your purchase!

    We moved our lot this year to the Meridian Speedway parking lot 335 S Main St.

    Meridian Optimist Christmas Tree Sales Flyer


    6’ – 7' = $50                

    4' - 5' = $45
    5’ – 6’ = $55
    6’ – 7’ = $65
    7’  - 8' = $80
    8' - 9' = $125
    10' - 12' = $150

    Christmas Tree Lot Location
    Meridian Speedway Parking Lot - 335 S Main Street (Next to Storey Park)