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Coming Up Next

Join us for a club meeting or one of our events!

  • Optimist General Meeting
    Optimist General Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jun 18
    Sumter
    Jun 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sumter, 32 E Calhoun St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    All are welcome to join us as we discuss upcoming events.
  • Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer
    Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jul 11
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    Jul 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Gather monthly for our crochet night, crafting blankets for children with cancer. All levels of crocheters welcome. Join us in weaving warmth and hope for these young fighters.
  • Highway Clean-Up
    Highway Clean-Up
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Aug 18
    Location is TBD
    Aug 18, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Every other month, we unite to clean up our community roads and highways, fostering pride and environmental responsibility. Join us in making a difference, one piece of litter at a time.
  • Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer
    Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer
    Sat, Sep 14
    Sumter Rotary Plaza
    Sep 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Sumter Rotary Plaza, 1 S Main St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    "Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off" is a mouthwatering event dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer. Teams from the community come together to compete for the title of the best burger, offering an array of delicious creations to tantalize taste buds. Burgers will cost 3 tickets each.
  • Sumter Microbrew - HippieFest
    Sumter Microbrew - HippieFest
    Fri, May 10
    Sumter
    May 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Sumter, 21 N Main St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Mark your calendars for Friday, May 10th, 2024, from 6-8:30 pm for the Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival, brought to you by the Palmetto Optimist Club. Military or Senior Discount of $5 - Use the coupon code "military" or "Senior" on the check-out page. Valid ID checked at the door.
  • Reading in the Park
    Reading in the Park
    Sat, Apr 20
    Sumter
    Apr 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Sumter, 417 W Hampton Ave, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    "Reading in the Park" is a cherished event where every child receives free books, igniting their passion for reading and learning. As part of the larger celebration of creativity and culture known as "Art in the Park," attendees can donate or swap books, promoting literacy and community engagement.
  • Crochet (and Knit) Hats and Lap Blankets for Childhood Cancer
    Crochet (and Knit) Hats and Lap Blankets for Childhood Cancer
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Dec 14
    Sumter
    Dec 14, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Sumter, 1835 Camden Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153, USA
    For new and experienced crocheters and knitters. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Yarn, hooks, patterns and snacks are provided. Want to learn? Come on! Hats and lap blankets are donated to children battling cancer through Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
  • Downtown Sumter Fourth Friday
    Downtown Sumter Fourth Friday
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Sep 23
    Sumter
    Sep 23, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Sumter, 21 N Main St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    During the free concert series hosted by Downtown Sumter, we sell cotton candy and popcorn and give away free children's books.
  • Savor Sumter Burger Cookoff
    Savor Sumter Burger Cookoff
    Sat, Sep 16
    Sumter
    Sep 16, 2023, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Sumter, 10 S Harvin St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Burger Cookoff benefiting Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
  • Reading in the Park
    Reading in the Park
    Sat, Apr 22
    Sumter
    Apr 22, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Sumter, 417 W Hampton Ave, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
    Free Books for Children! Purchase our amazing Optimist Burgers and Fries as you enjoy Art in the Park!

Scholarships

Topics are announced by Optimist International each August.  Applications and Instructions are published at that time and contests are held between January and March of each year.

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Essay Scholarship Contest

$150 at the Club level and up to $2,500 at the District level.

Oratorical Scholarship Contest

$150 at the Club level and up to $22,500 at the International level.

Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

$150 at the Club level and up to $2,500 at the District level.

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