Events

Gift Wrapping

The Christmas wrapping station at West Acres Mall is conducted by the Optimist Club in Fargo/Moorhead with the help of the Kiwanis club of Fargo and many volunteers from local schools, universities, businesses, along with individuals and families from the community. We spend the "12 days of Christmas" volunteering at the West Acres Mall wrapping presents for the community. We use the proceeds from these services to further children's programs in our community.

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Safety Town

SAFETY TOWN is a 20-hour course where children learn safety procedures through involvement in both classroom and outdoor instruction. The specific topics covered are: pedestrians, fires, strangers, pets and animals, traffic signs and signals, poisons, buses, and general play at school and at home. The program is taught by professional teachers. Visits by Fargo Police and Fire Department officers provide children with an enjoyable learning experience.
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Click here for the Safety Town brochure.

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Holiday Lights

The Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park is organized and setup by the FM Sertoma Club and Optimist Club of Fargo. This project was started by FM Sertoma Club in 1998. Each year we welcome local businesses to create their own holiday light displays. There are also many options for rental displays available. The money that is raised by this project is given back the community. Some of the groups that the Optimist Club supports are Big Brother Big Sister, Special Olympics, and many others. Click here for more information.

All Star Volleyball

The Fargo Optimist Club partners with the North Dakota High School Coaches Association (NDHSCA) to sponsor the Optimist All Star Volleyball Series. The All Star teams are chosen by the NDHSCA and consist of the best graduated seniors in the state. Six Class A and Six Class B players on each team square off in an East vs West Battle. The 2017 matches will be held Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Fargo Shanley High School Gym and Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 7:00 at the Bismarck Legacy High School Gym. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and 12 and under are Free. Proceeds from the event are used to benefit youth in our community.
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Click here to view the 2016 All Star volleyball roster.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

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Who: Students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.

How to Enter: Interested students submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to their local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Programs Department at programs@optimist.org.

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.

First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

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  • About Us

    The Fargo Optimist Club is a group of concerned business and professional men and women who have joined together to sponsor service projects that benefit youth and our community. The Fargo Optimist Club serves several thousand youth each year through service projects and donations. The Fargo Optimist Club was chartered on June 30, 1966.