Each year, there is an Essay Contest which begins at the individual Club Level, with their own contests.
From there, each club is elegible to submit their winning essay to be judged at the District Level.
A fourth opportunity is available to students with a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more.
The first place winner will advance to the Pacific Northwest District contest with the opportunity to win the $2,500 college scholarship.
This topic for our 2019 essay contest is: "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary? The contest will be of interest to students in Grades 9 through 12 attending school in Oakville.
The contest is open to students under age 19 (as of October 1, 2018) who have not yet graduated from high school.In addition to developing skills for critical thinking and written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a scholarship.The contest is open to students who have not yet graduated from high school." The 2017 winners of the Central Ontario District Essay Competition are: District Winner - Lexi - Optimist Club of Etobicoke2nd Place - Sara - Optimist Club of Oakville3rd Place - Charlotte - Optimist of Club Garden City - St.Catharines The photo at left is Optimist Sandra Stokes and our District Winner, Lexi receiving her plaque.Winners of the Central Ontario Distict Essay Competition receive scholarships, and the winner attends the Third Quarter Board meeting to read their winning essay to the members.Jim Dallimore and Katie Holmes are the Essay Chairs for the Central Ontario District.The Club chairperson first becomes familiar with the rules and sets the dates for the contest to begin and end. Benefits Participants get experience writing the essays. The Club winning essay along with the other required documents and the .00 District fee must be received by the District contest chair on or before February 28, 2019.He or she then gives the applications to schools, churches and other places where you serve youth in your area. The District winner receives a Scholarship of ,500.00. Invite the three winners to a meeting to read their essays and receive their awards. Clubs that do not have access to the Internet should contact the District Chair, Greg Lester, at (281) 597-1300 and leave your name, mailing address and a message requesting a copy of the rules and the application.The chairperson then selects three qualified judges who are not acquainted with the writers of the essays to pick the top three essays from all of the essays received. At the Club level, the judges may be Optimist Club members.