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Coming Up Next

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

  • Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer
    Crochet Night for Childhood Cancer
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Mar 14
    Sumter
    Mar 14, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sumter, 1835 Camden Hwy, Sumter, SC 29153, 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.
  • Optimist General Meeting
    Optimist General Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 19
    Sumter
    Mar 19, 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.
  • Highway Clean-Up
    Highway Clean-Up
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Apr 13
    Location is TBD
    Apr 13, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer
    Savor Sumter Burger Cook-off for Childhood Cancer
    Sat, Sep 14
    Location is TBD
    Sep 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    "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 creative and delicious creations to tantalize taste buds.

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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