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Package Programs

Has your Club been looking for a new activity to work with the youth in your community? Package programs are designed to make running a new program simple and enjoyable for your Club and the youth involved.

Package programs include all the materials your Club will need to run a program. You will find job responsibilities broken down by position and a project timeline. You will also find some sample letters and press releases to send before and after the event. Keep in mind that the responsibility breakdowns and timelines are only suggested and should be modified to fit your Club.

Please remember the package programs are not substitutes for the program planning guides. Clubs should download the new program planning guide for the scholarship contests each year to learn about any new rule changes.

Essay Contest (International Program)
The Optimist Essay contest is the 3rd most popular Optimist activity. It is open to students under the age of 18 (as of October 1, 2015). Please see the program planning guide for the theme and contest rules. The project will take approximately 12 weeks to run from start to finish and will need at least 3-5 Club members working on it.

Essay Contest Program Introduction
Job Responsibilities by Position
Project Timeline
Essay Contest News Release - Prior to event (.doc)
Follow-up Letter to Parents
Sample Judges Thank You Letter
Essay Contest News Release - After event (.doc)
Club Project Evaluation Form

Oratorical Contest (International Program)
Since its start in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. It is open to students under the age of 18 (as of October 1, 2015). Please see the program planning guide for the theme and contest rules. The project will take approximately 12 weeks to run from start to finish and will need at least 3-5 Club Members working on it.

Oratorical Contest Program Introduction
Job Responsibilities by Position

Project Timeline
Oratorical Contest News Release - Prior to event (.doc)
Follow-up Letter to Parents
Sample Judges Thank You Letter
Oratorical Contest News Release - After event (.doc)
Club Project Evaluation Form

Poster Contest – Youth Safety
These materials can be modified to fit a poster contest on any topic or theme. The project will take approximately 8 weeks to run from start to finish and will need at least 2-5 Club Members working on it.

Youth Safety Program
Poster Contest Job Responsibilities
Job Responsibilities by Position
Project Timeline
Sample Location Request Letter
Sample Principal Permission Letter
Sample Sponsor Prize Donation Request Letter
Sample Sponsor Donation Request Letter
Poster Contest News Release
Contest Judging Sheet
Sample Judges Thank You Letter
Sample Sponsor Donation Thank You Letter
Sample Main Contact Thank You Letter

Raffle Fundraiser
This is to hold a cash raffle to raise money for the Optimist Club. This project is relatively easy but does require participation from Club Members in order to be successful.

Program Introduction
Raffle Job Responsibilities
Job Responsibilities by Position
Project Timeline
Text for Raffle Ticket
Fundraiser News Release (.doc)
Fundraiser News Release (.pdf)
Community Calendar
Dollar Thermometer
Ticket Sales Tracking Chart
Raffle Evaluation Form

If you have questions about the package programs, please contact the Programs Department at (800) 500-8130 or via e-mail at programs@optimist.org.