The District Essay Contest is an Optimist International Scholarship Program and based on our District's response on this program I believe this is our most paramount project. All regions of our District participated and we received a total of 18 Essay entries. Many Clubs held local level contests and one club reported the upwards of 60 entries. This is terrific news. That means an approximate average of 500 Essays were written within in our District.
I am pleased to announce that Ian Chang of Calgary is the District winner of the $2,500 scholarship. The trophy presentation was made at the Calgary Dinner Club meeting on May 21st.
Now is the time to make contact with local schools to determine interest in running a local Essay Writing Contest for the youth in your community. Refer to the Optimist International Essay Contest web page for information from this year as you plan for the 2013-14 contest. The topic should be announced in late September / early October.
Submitted by Opt Brian Wallace, District Essay Contest Chair