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Pacific Northwest Optimist

Welcome to the
Pacific NW District of
Optimist International



    As Optimist organizations, we bring out the best in youth. Having a myriad of projects, like Football, Soccer, Speech contests, Baseball, Hockey, Curling, Sign Language contests, Essay contests, Golf and other Scholarship programs. We help families train and care for their children.

    The Pacific NW is a vast area, including Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. The total distance between our clubs is 2800 miles one way and 700 miles the other way. We drive a lot, but the scenery is spectacular.

Things To Do List

Finish up the 2016-17 year - 09/30/2017

Complete all required tasks for the year. Clubs requirements for honor club as follows:

  • Membership - Increase by Net 3, NOW meeting
  • Club Projects - At least 3
  • Finances - Pay your bills
  • Reports - Club Officer Elect (May 20), Presidents Pride (Sep 30)
  • Foundation - Club Rep, Club Donation
  • Community Recognition - A club member or someone in your community
  • District Meetings - Club Member attends at least one district meeting during the year
New District Administration - 10/01/2017

Please welcome, Governor Bruce Gilbertson, Secretary Treasurer Mary White and the new 2017-18 administration. Looking forward to a fun year.

News Articles

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The theme of the conference, "Celebrate Our Youth," was kicked off during the Saturday luncheon when the Essay Contest winner was announced and allowed to present her winning essay. Trenna Garcia, Meridian Optimist Club, serving as the District Essay Contest Chairperson introduced Alena Arounpradith who was accompanied during the ceremony by the sponsoring club representative, Roger Hampton.

Later on Saturday, the Awards Banquet was kicked off by the Mistress of Ceremonies, Rose Brodie, Mission B. C. Club. Rose, pictured here was assisted throughout the evening by an interpreter to insure all in attendance were able to take in the celebration.

It was then up to Ray Hilts, District Chairperson for the Oratorical Contest. Ray introduced the participants and the winners of the contest. The first place winner was May Fan, sponsored by the Coquitlam, B.C. club; second place, Cleo Chang, sponsored by the Vancouver, B.C. club; and third place Andrew Welch, sponsored by the Tacoma, Washington Club.

It was then Teresa Wallace's turn to introduce high achieving youth. Teresa, District Chairperson for the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced the scholarship winners were Jacob Gerlitz who was sponsored by the Vancouver, B.C. Club. Jacob was awarded the OI Scholarship. Then the scholarship awarded by the Pacific Northwest District was given to Chastity Davis from Mission, B.C. This scholarship, wholly funded by donations from within the District was recently memorialized in the names of two devoted Optimists. Connie Pollock and Dr. Thomas Hammond were to be honored by the distribution of the scholarship. This year the scholarship would memorialize Connie Pollock as the contest was won by a Canadian student.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017