Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

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Regional Event set for Saturday May 10 in St. Albert.  This contest is for winner's  from Zones 3, 5 & 6 to compete for Alberta title and to be eligible for the District Contest in Saskatoon.   Contact LG Patti for details.

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Club Contest is now closed.

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Last call for the Club Contest

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Zone Contest set for Saturday March 22 10AM at Maple Leaf Club House

Club contest date as required to be held before. Contact Opt Brian at 780-487-6241 for details

Topic: “How My Passions Impact the World”

Who: Students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and who are educated in Canada.

How To Enter: Interested students submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to the Dinner Optimist Club of Edmonton. Contact Brian Wallace at 780 487-6241. If outside of Edmonton and to find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Programs Department at


TBA - contests are typically held by late March

The deadline to enter is determined by the sponsoring Optimist Club. All Club-level contests are typically held in March.

For an application with contest rules, click here.

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is 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 Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

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