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Bismarck Optimist Club #35014  

Meeting Location:    Bismarck Municipal Country Club, 930 N Griffin Street
Meeting Day/Time:   Tuesdays at Noon

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The Optimist Creed
Promise yourself...

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your piece of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and greet every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

2023 Avenue of Flags Sponsors

Business Sponsors
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Century 21 Morrison Realty
Daniel Companies
First International Bank & Trust
Abate of ND
Gate City Bank
Capital Credit Union
Cottingham Insurance
BNI Coal
Arrow Cleaning & Restoration, Inc
Kirkwood Bank & Trust
Legacy Financial Partners
Dakota Community Bank & Trust
Puklich Chevrolet, Inc
MDU Resources Foundation
Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge 1199
McCabe United Methodist Church
VFW Post 1326
Kyle Herman Agency
Grand 22 Theatres
Adjust Life Chiropractic
Toman Engineering
Metro Collision Center Inc
Schmitz-Holmstrom CPA
Railway Credit Union
Dakota Eye Institute

Individual Sponsors
John and Lou Sagsveen
Patrick and Doreen Brown
Caroleene Jorgensen *in memory of Donald Jorgensen
Keith and Danita Hunke
Keith Magnusson
Sandy Wiedenmeyer *in memory of Leroy Vander Linden
Larry and Rita Klemin
Tonya and Shane Holmstrom
Michael Place *in memory of Juanita Arndt
Roger Anderson
Jerry Haas
Julie and Charlie Jeske
Rob Koppinger
Tom and Donna Miller
Mert and Karen Johnsrud
Duane and Darlene Bentz
Russ Harkness
Angil and Zach Koper

Special thanks to Traffic Safety Services for the use of their trailers during the set up and take down of the flags throughout the year.

Avenue of Flags
9th Annual Optimist Bowling Tournament 
A record 19 teams participated with over 40 silent auction items raising money for the Roughrider AMBUCS!

The tournament/silent auction brought in a net of $3,920.23! These funds were split 50-50 between our Bismarck Optimist Club and this year's selected charity, Roughrider AMBUCS. They will be using their funds towards the purchase of amtrykes for local children with mobility issues. We appreciate all that Roughrider AMBUCS does in order to make a positive difference in the lives of kids in Bismarck-Mandan!

A big shout-out to the winners of this year's tournament:

  • Battle of the Banks competition - Security First, Bowling Second
  • Highest Team Bowling Score - Splittin' Headaches
  • Most Creative Team Name - Splittin' Headaches 
  • Best Team Spirit - 1 Hick and 3 Chicks

Special thanks to our fellow bowling committee members - Co-chairs Jerry Haas and Amanda Yellow with Brooks Grotte, Sylvia Burgess, Wes Engbrecht and Rhonda Krueger for all of their work in helping put this together!
The 2023 Optimist Impact Grant 

Awarded to the Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center. They plan to provide services in the gap period when traumatized children present at DCAC to when they are able to get them into therapy services. This is a critical time, and there is currently a wait list to get services for these children who are in grave need of such services. This grant brings the total amount of Impact Grant funds awarded to $30,000 over 6 years.
Optimist Gift Wrap 2023 
Booth Open Daily December 7th through December 24th

Leave your gifts to wrap and keep shopping! 

New Payment Methods: Credit card machine and a QR Code.

Want to help out? You can volunteer even if you are not an Optimist member. Volunteer for 2-Hour shifts here - Gift wrap sign up