Welcome To the Dearborn Optimist Web Site!


The Dearborn Optimist generally meet on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month (see calendar below for dates).  The Wednesday meeting is a noon lunch format followed by a program. The location for meeting will be posted on this web site calendar one week prior to the meeting -  SEE CALENDAR BELOW 


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Visitors are always welcome to attend club meetings.  

Thank you for visiting our site!! 


Dear Students, Teachers and Optimist Friends,

The Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak on their thoughts of the future.  This year the topic is “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Realty?”   The Optimist Club of Dearborn would like to invite any Dearborn student under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2018 to participate in our Optimist Oratorical contest.  This age limit is changed from prior years.  It used to be 18 years of age.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three students who participate in the contest.  This year we will be having a combined gender contest.  This is also a change that Optimist International made this year.  In prior years, we selected 3 top males and 3 top females.  Because we are only awarding 3 students instead of 6, the Dearborn Club has elected to increase the monetary award amounts.  The prize money to be awarded for 1st place will be $700.00, 2nd is $400.00, and 3rd place receives $250.


Students should contact the assigned teachers for the official contest application submission.    The contest is February 20th, 2019 and we will be hosting the event at the Auditorium at the Dearborn Library from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  All students are required to submit their speech, their birth certificate and a completed contest application. (attached).

Please call or email me with any questions you have.  Thank you for your interest!

Lorraine Neuman
Direct:  (313) 216 – 1085
E-mail:  Lneuman@FairlaneFord.com


Dearborn Optimist Club Essay Contest 2019 official prompt:

“When All the World’s Problems
are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”

The official deadline to submit essays is Monday, January 7, 2019, 10am.  Essays MUST be paper clipped to the completed official application.
Essays should be submitted to the student's teacher.  I will then collect all the essays from the school at the main office before 12 noon on 1/7/19.  NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.  Home schoolers may submit essays to me either by e-mail:  Divislori@gmail.com  or US Mail:  Dearborn Optimist Club, 4801 Oakman Blvd., Dearborn, MI  48126.

The DEARBORN OPTIMISTS have been conducting annual contests for students in order to pursue our mission:  BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN YOUTH, for more than 40 years, including:

ESSAY (January)
ORATORICAL (February)
ART (March)
RESPECT FOR LAW (May)

The contest is open to students under age 19 as of October 1, 2019.  However, please know past winners are generally writing at the high school level.

With thanks,

Lori Divis
Dearborn Optimist Club
Essay Contest Chair, 2019

 

Last Years (2018) Winning Essay Contest Entries 



The top three Essay Contest winners attended the Wednesday, February 14, 2018 meeting. 

1st Place:  $500 - Maria Vena, Freshman, Divine Child High School (Essay # 3)
2nd Place:  $250 - Nicholas Rachwal, Junior, Divine Child High School (Essay #16)
3rd Place:  $150 - Fatima Taj, Senior, Fordson High School (Essay #12)



Pictured left to right:  Leslie Herrick, Councilwoman, City of Dearborn, Jane Falletti, Teacher, Divine Child High School, (Back Row) Zachary Ornelas, Teacher, Divine Child High School, Maria Vena, Student, Divine Child High School, Nicholas Rachwal, Student, Divine Child High School, Fatima Taj, Student, Fordson High School, Melinda Dakhlallah, Teacher, Fordson High School, Hannah Hawthorne, President, Dearborn Optimist Club, Lori Divis, Essay Contest Chair, Dearborn Optimist Club.
 
Pictured left to right:  Leslie Herrick, Councilwoman, City of Dearborn, Jane Falletti, Teacher, Divine Child High School, (Back Row) Zachary Ornelas, Teacher, Divine Child High School, Maria Vena, Student, Divine Child High School, Nicholas Rachwal, Student, Divine Child High School, Fatima Taj, Student, Fordson High School, Melinda Dakhlallah, Teacher, Fordson High School, Hannah Hawthorne, President, Dearborn Optimist Club, Lori Divis, Essay Contest Chair, Dearborn Optimist Club.

The Next meeting of the Dearborn Optimist will take place at 12:00 noon on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at Millers Bar.  A briefing on the Huron Clinton Metro Parks is the featured program.  See you then!!

 



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