Optimist Club of Reno Offers Scholarships to Area Youth

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Optimist ClubWho are the Optimist Club of Reno?

For 76 years the Optimist Club of Reno has been helping to Bring out the Best in Kids.

Made up of local business people, civic-minded people, and community leaders, the Optimist Club of Reno helps to bring out the best in kids with scholarships, Challenger Little League baseball for handicapped children, rock climbing events, and many other events to help the kids grow and experience things they may not have the opportunity to experience in any other way.

This year the Optimist of Reno will be awarding five $1,600 scholarships to area youth. Surprisingly, finding students to award the scholarships to has been a bit difficult for the group. The area schools and education administrators have been a bit less than helpful in getting the word out that the scholarships are available.

As well as awarding scholarships, there are contests that encourage kids to stretch the way they see and interact with the world around them. One of these is the Optimist International Oratorical Contest; this contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. Students under 18 will submit a speech on a pre-assigned topic. This is their chance to speak to the world for a part of more than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

This group has been helping kids for 76 years and many do not know about them and the good work they do. The Optimists Club of Reno is looking for new members who would like to take part in the work that they do while enjoying the camaraderie of a community dedicated to helping others succeed.

The Optimist Club has a simple creed that sums up what they are all about.

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace 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 be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
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 give 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.

For more information on the programs, scholarships, and membership check out their website:  http://optimistclubofreno.com/

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