Bismarck Optimist Club
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Bismarck Optimist Club #35014  

Meeting Location:      Elks Lodge, 900 S Washington St., Bismarck, ND
Meeting Day/Time:     Tuesdays at Noon, Elks Dining Room

Do you want to make a difference to kids?
Join our Bismarck Optimist Club today!

View and print our: Membership application

                                                    *Optimist Event Calendar*

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.

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2018 Avenue of Flags Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Capital Credit Union

Silver Sponsors

The Family of Leroy Vander Linden
Bismarck Mandan Home Builders Association
Bismarck Elks Club
MDU Resources Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

Ideal Image Dentistry
Starion Bank
Puklich Chevrolet
First International Bank & Trust
Mann Energy Services

Individual Sponsors

Keith Magnusson
Amanda Bakkedahl
Jerry Haas
Capital Electric Cooperative
Tom & Donna Miller
Braun Intertec
Daniel Companies
Adjust Life Chiropractic
Grand 22 Theatres
Keith & Danita Hunke
Wallace & Betty Owen
Stuart & Cheryl Tracy
Dan & Cindy Werner
Wes Engbrecht
Shane & Tonya Holmstrom
Mert & Karen Johnsrud
Ameriprise Financial
Dakota Eye Institute
Toman Engineering
Metro Collision Center
Sandy Wiedenmeyer
Michael Place
Arrow Service Team
Lewis & Clark Animal Hospital
Quality Inn
Dennis Kraft
Charlie & Julie Jeske
Roger Anderson
Security First Bank of ND
Dakota Community Bank
Kyle Herman Agency

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
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3rd annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt 
12,000 eggs to find!!!
500 kids plus Governor Burgum
And they found them!!!
​   Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for helping out with this fun event for the kids in our community!
Amanda Bakkedahl, Past-President of the Optimist Club of Bismarck was recently recognized as the Roger L. Haas District Optimist of the Year award recipient. The Optimist District covers North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba. This award recognizes an Optimist member who goes above and beyond in service to their Optimist Club and their community. Bakkedahl serves as co-chair of our annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt, co-chair of the Optimist Bowling Tournament and serves on numerous Optimist committees. Thank you Amanda for all that you do for the Bismarck Optimist Club and the Bismarck-Mandan community!
Optimist Impact Grant

Local nonprofit groups and organizations have the opportunity to submit an application towards the Optimist Impact Grant which will award up to $5000 for a qualifying project or initiative. Requests for funding must be for a project-based initiative that makes a direct or lasting impact on the youth of Bismarck-Mandan. 

Here is a link to the grant application with more information: