Meridian Optimist Events


  • Oct

    12 Guns of Christmas Raffle

    Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - Wednesday, December 13, 2023



    For more information or to purchase tickets contact Bert Moore at 208-949-3763,

    Kirk Farnsworth at 208-850-6729, or Mike Harris at 208-484-8529



  • Nov

    Meridian Optimist Christmas Tree Sale

    Saturday, November 25, 2023 - Wednesday, December 20, 2023

    This is the major fundraiser for the Meridian Optimist Club each year and it 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; the Meridian Optimist Junior Air Rifle Club; and 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!

    Our Lot is located at the Meridian Speedway parking lot 335 S Main St.

    Meridian Optimist Christmas Tree Sales Flyer




  • Dec

    Optimist International Oratorical Contest

    Friday, December 1, 2023 - Saturday, March 30, 2024

    Topic: “How to Change the World with Optimism”

    When: Club Contest will be on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 6:00 pm.

    Deadline for entries: All entries must be received by March 6, 2024

    Where: TBD

    Who: Students under the age of 19 years as of October 1, 2023, who have not yet completed secondary school. 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 enclosed entry form and send to: Meridian Optimist Club PO Box 681, Meridian, ID 83680 or download one from our website:

    You will need to submit a copy of your speech and birth certificate with your application

    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 First, Second, and Third place winners at the Club level receive medallions and cash awards of $200, $150, and $100 respectively. 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 Kenewick, Washington on April 12/13, 2024.

    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 2023 World Championship also held at Saint Louis University.  Students could possibly win up to $22,500 or more in scholarships!

     For more information contact:

    Triniti Wagner (208) 284-2443

  • Dec

    Optimist International Essay Contest

    Friday, December 1, 2023 - Monday, April 1, 2024

    Deadline for essays to be turned into the Meridian Optimist Club is January 31, 2024.

    The Meridian Optimist Club awards the first three places with medalions and 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 or