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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?
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                                                    *Optimist Event Calendar*

Avenue of Flags 

This is a beautiful display of 120 American flags which will line State Street from I-94 to the south entrance of the N.D. State Capitol from dawn to dusk on these patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence DayLabor Day, and Veteran's Day.  
Please consider an annual Avenue of Flags sponsorship!  

Click here for the 2017 sponsorship form and renewal details! 

A Special Thank to our 2017 
Avenue of Flags Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor ($750)

Silver Sponsors ($500 to $749)

In-kind Sponsors: 
Traffic Safety Services - without their support & trailer use, this project would not be possible!
Indigo Signworks -donated Bismarck Optimist Club trailer signs for during set-up and tear-down of flags.

Bronze Sponsors $250 – 499
ABATE of North Dakota
APT Inc.
Comfort Inn
CrossCountry Freight Solutions
Edgewood Vista
First International Bank & Trust
Ideal Image Dentistry
Starion Bank

Individual Sponsors $50 – 249
Amvets Community Color Guard
Anderson, Roger & Esther
Arrow Service Team
Bismarck-Mandan Retired Teachers Association
Capital City Construction, Inc.
Capital Electric Cooperative
Central Dakota Optimist Club
Century 21 Morrison Realty - Jerry Schlosser
Dakota Community Bank & Trust
Daniel Companies
Escape on 3rd Salon
Flohr, Hannah, Patty, and Dave
Grand Theatres
Haas, Jerry
Holmstrom, Shane & Tonya
Jeske, Julie
Johnsrud, Mert & Karen
Koppinger, Rob & Mary
Kopseng, Loren
Leftwich, Dave & Jackie
Lockrem, Derek
Magnusson, Keith & Mary
Metro Collision Center
Midway Lanes
Miller, Tom & Donna
Owen, Wally & Betty
Place, Michael (in memory of Juanita Arndt)
Prairie Patriot Firearms Training
Pro Forms
Schmitz, Michael and Janel
Toman Engineering Company
Tracy, Stuart & Cheryl
VanderLinden, Leroy
Venture Real Estate


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.

Jerry Haas, Past-President of the Optimist Club of Bismarck was recently recognized at the Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota District Meeting as the Roger L. Haas Memorial Optimist of the Year award recipient. Jerry was a very active leader with recruiting several new members to the club and also took the lead on a few new projects. Jerry also helped initiate a new event, the club’s Easter Egg Hunt which took place on the ND Capitol Grounds. He helped increase community participation in the club’s Avenue of Flags and also led the efforts to create a Pay-it-Forward program for the Optimist Gift Wrap fundraising project.

Jerry continues to lead by example, helping others to share in the success and Brings Out the Best in Youth, the Community and Ourselves. Jerry truly displays the Optimist Creed saying of “To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.” He looks for the positive in people and helps to make them realize what they are capable of doing.