Optimism in Action
JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT
For over 20-years The Breakfast Optimist Club Junior Golf Tournament has an exciting and unique junior golf program for ages 10-18. Boys and girls from around Northern Colorado compete to qualify for the Colorado-Wyoming District Tournament. Age group winners will be sent to the district tournament and may be able to go on to the National Tournament in Florida. Our tournament has produced 5 junior golfers in recent years that have gone on to the national Optimist Tournament.
The annual visits of Miss Valentine and chaperone, Norma Jean Goodheart, reflect the 50 plus year history of the Optimist Club supporting and recognizing the youth of Loveland from preschool through high school.
Norma Jean Goodheart always brings Miss Valentine to the February meeting so she can share her story about her life and family inspiration of life in Loveland.
Miss Valentine (Ellen Colpitts) came to last weeks meeting. Also with Ellen are Norma Jean Goodheart and Optimist Club member Steve Armfield.
Optimist club members stuff Christmas bags, with markers and soft animals, to be handed out by "Santa" (Steve) at TV preschool on Dec. 22 and 23. We make about 100 bags for the children.
THOMPSON VALLEY PRESCHOOL
Our club as supported this preschool for some 30 years in various ways, including reading to the kids, providing supplies, and helping with Christmas Santa.
Thompson Valley preschool is a non-profit preschool using a sliding tuition schedule to help children from lower income levels, to have access to preschool.
The preschool is designed to help kids socially and educationally be prepared for kindergarten and the school system.
RESPECT FOR LAW
This has been a yearly celebration honoring a Loveland police officer and a Larimer county deputy for their outstanding service to our community.
The first week of May, we bring together their commanders, families, and friends to honor them with plaques and thanking them for their service going above and beyond what is expected.
POLICE EXPLORER AWARD
This award started 4 years ago to honor students who volunteer with the Loveland Police department doing crowd control and safety management.
The student who receives this award has demonstrated a wiliness to lead, give time and give their time and efforts to help enrich our community, nominated by the Loveland police department.
First annual hear our hands hear our voices event February 2nd 2019. Deaf and hard of hearing students at Monroe Elementary sign to music from the 80s. Fun afternoon. Raised funds for hearing equipment and scholarships.
HEAR OUR HANDS
On February 9, 2020, the Monroe Elementary Sign Choir and the newly formed Bill Reed Musical Pantomimes Sign Choir will present the 2nd Annual Benefit Performance of “HEAR OUR HANDS! HEAR OUR VOICES!”.
Again this year, this benefit performance is to raise funds for Bluetooth Hearing Equipment for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP) at the Thompson School District. Additionally, we are designating funds to DHHP for the Northern Colorado “DHH Host Day 2020”. Thompson School District is sponsoring the regional event held on May 1, 2020 and will provide students and teachers an opportunity to establish friendships and socialize with other deaf and hard of hearing peers. They will participate in fun activities, engage in sign language and learn about the equipment used to teach deaf and hard of hearing students. This event is held throughout many school districts in Colorado who have Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs.
YOUTH APPRECIATION AWARD
In 1989 the BOCL started a program “Youth Appreciation Award” along with the teachers in several of the elementary schools. The Optimists would go to the assemblies and present a certificate and pencil to students that were chosen by teachers that represented good citizenship in class and friends in school. We continue to go to Lincoln, Centennial, Truscott, Garfield, Winona and Monroe Elementary Schools to present these “Citizenship Award” certificates, signed by the Loveland Police Chief, Principal of the school, Teacher of the student’s class and a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club. This is one more opportunity for members to be involved with youth in our community. On February 9, 2020 we will be having another performance with the Monroe Elementary and the newly formed Bill Reed Middle School Sign Choirs. Come join us for another opportunity to work with the youth of Loveland.
CAMP SWEET PEA
Youths with Type I Diabetes have a tougher than usual teenage life style, due to the necessity of having to control their disease. At the annual Camp Sweet Pea they meet other kids with the same challenges. In this group setting, they build self-confidence and gain an awareness of a healthy lifestyle through education, nutrition, exercise, emotional well-being and glucose control.
The Optimist Club has been a longtime sponsor of CSP and are helping the youth of our Loveland community to become the best they can be.
The 2019 Oratorical contest held in Loveland on March 13 - topic: "Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?" Sean Kouma won first place, and went on to win the District 2nd Place with a scholarship of $1,500.
Optimist International established the Oratorical Contest in 1928, giving youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,00 in college scholarships is awarded annually through this program.
Each participant under age 19 competes at the Club level, giving a 4 to 5 minute speech about an assigned topic. The contest for 2019-2020 is titled, “Just iMagine a World Without Boundaries.” The deadline for entering the contest is January 31, 2020. At the Loveland Club level, the winner receives a $300 award, and 2nd place receives a $200 award. They continue to complete at the Zone and Regional levels, and if winning at the CO-WY District level, they receive $2,500, and move on to the International contest held in June. The awards at that level are $15,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place.
The application can be found online under the Optimist International website, or by calling Mary Hall, 970-663-7638.
Other contests sponsored by Optimist International are: the Essay contest, and the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH).
FERGUSON HIGH SCHOOL
For the past 6 years, the Optimist Club has granted a scholarship award to a graduating senior at Ferguson High School. The applicants are screened for their involvement in the high school community activities, academic achievement, and are interviewed about their goals after graduating from high school.
Since 1979, the Breakfast Optimist Club has been honoring
“Optimist Scholars of the Month,” chosen by their counselors.
The 2017 Ferguson High School Scholarship winner is Alexis Garcia.