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Bismarck Optimist Club #35014  

Meeting Location:    Bismarck Public Library
Meeting Day/Time:   Tuesdays at Noon

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                                                    *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.

Avenue of Flags Sponsors

Adjust Life Chiropractic
Ameriprise Financial
Bismarck Mandan Home Builders Association
Bismarck Elks Club
BEK Communications
BNI Energy
Braun Intertec
Capital Credit Union
Capital Electric Cooperative
Century 21 Morrison Realty
Cottingham Insurance
Cross Country
Dakota Community Bank
Dakota Eye Institute
Daniel Companies
Doosan/ Bobcat
Finish Line Truck & Auto
First International Bank & Trust
Gate City Bank
Grand 22 Theatres
Ideal Image Dentistry
Kyle Herman Agency
Lewis & Clark Animal Hospital
Mann Energy Services
MDU Resources Foundation
Metro Collision Center
Puklich Chevrolet
Quality Inn
Railway Credit Union
Schmitz Holmstrom CPA's
Starion Bank
Security First Bank of ND
Toman Engineering

Individual Sponsors
Keith Magnusson
Amanda Bakkedahl
Jerry Haas
Tom & Donna Miller
Keith & Danita Hunke
Wallace & Betty Owen
Stuart & Cheryl Tracy
Dan & Cindy Werner
Wes Engbrecht
Shane & Tonya Holmstrom
Mert & Karen Johnsrud
Sandy Wiedenmeyer
Michael Place
Steve Vauhan
Dennis Kraft
​Patrick and Doreen Brown
Charlie & Julie Jeske
Roger Anderson
Christa and Randy Schwartzenberger
John and Lou Sagsveen
Gordon Eckroth

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
Youthworks Donation

Recently the Optimist Club BOD approved $300 to be used for a need that Youthworks has. They requested items to furnish kitchens in apartments they have available for 18-22 year-olds who might be transitioning from foster care, for example. Tuesday, May 18, Emily Yanish from Youthworks spoke at our noon meeting and was presented one of three kitchen sets purchased by the Backpack committee, who took on this project. 
Bismarck Optimist Essay Contest
Our Bismarck Optimist Club was proud to once again sponsor the Optimist International Essay Contest at the local club level. The winning essay writer at our local club level is awarded $500 and the district level winner receives $2500. The topic for this year's contest was "Can Society Function Without Respect?"

Congrats to Taylor Adamski from Mandan High School on being selected as our Club's 2021 Youth Essay Contest Winner!
2021 Funds for the Future Grant

Our Bismarck Optimist Club was honored to present two $5,000 check to Dorothy Moses and Miller Elementary Schools. Dorothy Moses used the funds to purchase violins and Miller used the funds to upgrade their audio systems.
2021 Impact Grant Application

​The Optimist Impact Grant awards up to $5,000 for a qualifying project or initiative that makes a direct or lasting impact on the youth of Bismarck-Mandan. Any local nonprofit groups and organizations are eligible to submit an application. Requests for funding must be for a project-based initiative, and awarded grant money must not go toward operating expenses of the requesting non-profit.

Click here for an application