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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!

Bismarck Optimist Oratorical Contest

Our Bismarck Optimist Club hosted its annual Oratorical contest on April 11th. The first place contestant at our local club level is awarded $500 and the district level winner receives $2500. The topic for this year's contest was "Where are my Roots of Optimism." 

​Congrats to Rylie Fode on taking top honors at this year's Oratorical contest for the third consecutive year. Rylie represented our club at the District Oratorical Competition held in Watertown, SD on April 28th and took 2nd place and received a $2,500 scholarship. Congratulations Rylie!

​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 to upgrade their audio systems.

2020: Optimist Bowling Tournament

Our 6th annual Optimist Bowling Tournament on October 10, 2020 was a smashing success! We had our most teams ever (16) and raised our most funds ever ($3,175) through the tournament and silent auction! The proceeds from this year's event
were split between our Optimist Club and our selected charity, the Anne Carlsen Center. We are very grateful to all the local businesses and individuals that donated items for our silent auction which helped make things such a success with fundraising.

 Congratulations to BNC Bank for winning the Battle of the Banks bowling competition for the 2nd year in a row. Also, congratulations to Bill Dean's team, the Urban Achievers for having the highest team bowling score. We also created a new award this year- Team Spirit, which was awarded to RADD Team #2. A special thanks to our bowling committee members, Wes Engbrecht, Sylvia Burgess and Brooks Grotte for all their help in putting this event together. We are looking forward to next year!