McPherson Optimist Club

PO Box 293, McPherson, KS

McPherson Optimist Club News

Apr 20, 2017

The move to Grant Park for the 2017 Easter Egg Hunt caused some
anxiety. It was the first time we tried the North end
of town, far away from the central location of Lakeside Park, and the
goose droppings that created concerns for the safety of the kids.

However, the move turned out to be a very good one! The new venue
allowed for a safer environment and easier crowd control. The parents
and kids came out in droves, and this year's hunt was a huge success.

The Mac High Softball team again helped distribute the eggs and the Easter
Bunny was there to greet the kids.

Mar 2, 2017

Late last year, the McPherson Optimist Club announced it would provide a scholorchip opportunity in the form of an essay contest for high school age students with a $250 award going to the winner. Ericka Shook, a teacher at MHS, agreed to administer the contest. Three students from MHS took on the challenge and submitted their essays for judging. Students were required to write an essay on thie topic of "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges" of no less than 700 words and no more than 800 words. Three judges were selected to review the essays and choose a winner based on the contest rules. 

At our club meeting on February 21st Ericka and the three contestants were our guests to announce the winner and read the winning essay. The contestants were Alayna Wallace, Elisabeth Evans, and Thomas Smith. Alayna Wallace was anounced as the winner and read her essay to our club members. A big thank you to Ericka, Alayna, Elisabeth, and Thomas for the hard work. 

Alayna's essay will now be submitted to a district level contest with an opportunity to win a $2,500 scholorship from Optimist International. Good Luck Alayna and thank you for your Optimism.

Click here to read Alayna's essay

(pictured below from left to right: Alayna, Elisabeth, Thomas, Ericka, and Brad Miller-Optimist President)

Nov 4, 2016

The 2016 GIFT program is underway. Many volunteer opportunitues are available. This is one of the most impactful activities the McPherson Optimist Club does each year. Please click on the Sign Up link in the left-hand menu and choose some times you can volunteer to help make a great holday for the youth in our community.

To Sign Up to volunteer - Sign up to Volunteer for an Event

To learn more about the GIFT program - Gifts Intended for Teens (GIFT)


Nov 3, 2016

Don't put away your golf clubs just yet! You have another chance to have your name put on the Optimist Club Golf Trophy. We will play on Saturday, November 19, at Turkey Creek beginning at 11 am. The entry fee is $10 per player, and you pay your own fees. We usually share carts. Please make plans to join us.

Click here to Sign Up

Sep 26, 2016

Please help us in congratulating Jerry and Carol Fithin. They were honored with the 2016 Optimist of the year award. Jerry and Carol are true Optimists. Jerry and Carol both have been involved in club leadership, Jerry has taken on a leadership role with the MAC Classic, and they generally get involved in about every club project. Thank you Jerry and Carol for all of your dedication to the youth of our community.


Oct 1, 2015

Please see the Thank You leter we received from Circles of McPherson County.

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