After a very successful Teen Song Writing Contest held at The Vineyard on Friday, April 6th, we are happy to announce the results - third prize and $250 went to Cadence Sherwood from Rosedale Traditional School; the $500 2nd place prize went to Riley Zacharias and his band also from Rosedale Traditional Schoo; First place $1000 and a recording session with Tractor Grease Studio went to Kristina Bosch from Unity Christian School. Congratulations to all ten students who entered.
Optimist Song Writing Competition
Hey Kids! Do you have a passion for music and enjoy writing and/or performing your
original tunes? The Optimist Club of Chilliwack is hosting a song writing competition
for students aged 18 or younger who are in grades 7 - 12. First prize is $1000! Second
prize is $500 and third prize is $250. There will be seven honourable mention prizes of
$50 each. The first place winner will also receive a professional recording session for
their original tune at Tractor Grease Studio.
In keeping with the Optimist Club philosophy we would encourage contestants to write songs that will uplift and inspire others as that is part of the judging criteria!
General Rules and Guidelines:
Contestants must be 18 or younger and in grades 7 - 12 to participate.
Participants may collaborate to write and perform their song as long as all
participants are in grades 7 - 12 and 18 years old or younger. Team submissions
are acceptable but the prize money will remain the same.
Lyrics and music must be original with a focus on inspiration and optimism.
Songs should be no more than 4 minutes long.
The first 3 individuals or groups to pre-register from each of the participating
secondary and middle schools will compete at an Optimist Club meeting on
Thursday March 15 for the top 10 spots. (3 - 5 judges will determine the winners)
The top 10 contestants from this elimination event will be chosen by a panel of
judges during an event held at the Lions Riding Club Hall on Thursday,
March15th. The top ten entries will move on to the final competition. There will
be a maximum of 10 entries competing in the final.
The final competition will be held at 45892 Wellington Avenue at the Acoustic
Emporium - April 6 from 7 - 9pm. Registration starts at 6.
There is no fee to enter.
Contestants are responsible for their own sound equipment (eg: guitar and
amplifier;) but a microphone will be provided.
All candidates must pre-register by submitting their registration information
online to: Optimist Club of Chilliwack email@example.com - you will
be notified by email and a phone call if you are one of the contestants.
If you have questions contact Glenda Standeven 604-997- 5787
Registration Requirements (to be sent in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org -
the successful registrants will be confirmed via email and phone). Include the primary
contact name for the group even if there will be more than one person performing.
Subject: Registration for Optimist Song Writing Contest
Phone and email:
The FIRST 3 contestants to register for the event from each school will move on to
the semi-finals to be held at the Lions Riding Club Hall on March 15th.
Registration begins at 6:30. The event starts at 7. Guests are welcome to attend.
There is no charge. The top 10 performers will be announced that night and will
advance to the finals to compete for:
$1000 - 1st prize and a professional recording session at Tractor Grease Studio.
$500 - 2nd prize
$250 - 3rd prize
7 x $50 - runner-up prizes
Semi-Finals - Potential Number of Entries:
Chilliwack Secondary - 3
Chilliwack Middle - 3
Rosedale - 3
AD Rundle - 3
Sardis Secondary - 3
Vedder Middle - 3
GW Graham - 3
Homeschool/Private - TBD
TOP 10 Advance to the finals.
Learning to Lead for female youth at UBC
Minerva is once again offering the highly successful Learning to Lead™ program for 50 BC grade 11 girls on May 25th – 27th, 2018 at St. John’s College on the UBC campus. I am writing to invite you to put forward a nomination (or nominations) for this cost-free leadership weekend.
We invite all high schools in BC to nominate grade 11 girls. Indigenous young women are encouraged to apply.
Minerva is looking for applicants with strong leadership potential and a desire to create a better world. We want to reach those students who may not usually have access to this type of unique programming. Please also consider the more quiet leaders in your community—girls who have big ideas, but have not yet found their voice.
Throughout this interactive weekend, the young women will participate in workshops on values-based leadership, assessing their strengths, power of mentorship and networks, and how to build inclusive communities. These workshops will guide each participant as they explore their own leadership style and potential.
Please see the attached nomination package for further details on this year’s program. Please share the following link with the students you wish to nominate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2L17. In addition to an expression of interest, they will be asked to upload a letter of support from their nominating sponsor.
Nominations are due by 4 PM on March 21st, 2018. Please contact me at this email or 604-683-7635 ext. 221 for any questions regarding the Learning to Lead™ program.
Youth Programs Coordinator
p: 604-683-7635 ext 221
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Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.
Barbara Reid, award-winning Canadian author and illustrator, is the Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day!
Download Barbara's activity sheets for ways to learn at play with modelling clay: English Français
Read a Q&A with Barbara Reid
ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to "Learn at play, every day."
I Hope you might join the Dolly Parton Library Presentation coming February 1st ....time and place TBA soon! Learn how you can help start a young person on the road to reading!
Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”
Who: Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.
How To Enter: Interested students submit a speech on the topic to the Optimist Club of Chilliwack at OptimistclubofCHWK@gmail.com
When: March 2018
Oratorical Contest Quick LinksStudents
The deadline to enter is March 15th, 2018. All Club-level contests are typically held by late March.
Clubs and Districts
The District deadline to submit winners to Optimist International is May 15, 2018. Optimist International does not set Club/Zone/Regional deadlines.
For an application with contest rules, click here.
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.
Optimist International Essay Contest 2017-18Contest Deadline: All Club-level contests are held in February 2018. The Optimist Club of Chilliwack MUST receive your essay by February 15th, 2018.Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is: “Can Society Function Without Respect?”
Who: Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.
How To Enter: Interested students must contact Optimist Club Chilliwack at OptimistclubofCHWK@gmail.com
Download contest rules and details here.
StudentsStudent submissions will not be accepted after February 15th, 2018.
For an application with contest rules, please click here. The application must be submitted to the Optimist Club of Chilliwack.
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!
The guidelines require that contestants be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 and attending school in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundation.
For more information, please contact the Optimist Club of Chilliwack at OptimistClubofCHWK@gmail.com
Thank You!!!! To Everyone who showed up and donated so generously! Thanks to you we were able to donate more than four grocery carts full of non perishable food to the Salvation Army of Chilliwack, a Station Wagon full of unwrapped toys to the Chilliwack Community Services, and over $8000 was raised to help our Chilliwack Youth become Awesome Citizens of tomorrow! Special Thanks to our volunteers, we could not put this together with out you! TyCrop in the kitchen and table duties! Crusaders Rugby Team for Bartending and Security Services!
Once again, the Optimist Club of Chilliwack is pleased to sponsor the ‘Just Say No’ drama presentation at the Chilliwack Secondary School Theatre. This production is open to ALL grade four students whether or not the school has a Just Say No Club in effect. District 33 will donate the cost of the busing for all public schools attending.
We are very pleased with the Chilliwack Secondary Drama Department’s production over the last 22 years under the guidance of Mr. Brent Moore. Mr. Moore says there are some exciting updates in the show this year. The performance just keeps on improving. The students really enjoy the program with its blend of humour and drama. This year, with three dates to choose from, we are again hoping that every school will be able to attend including many of the private schools.
The new Chilliwack Secondary School Theatre holds up to 230 (including wheelchair spaces) per session. The production dates and times for the six performances are as follows:
Wednesday, May 24th/17 first performance 9:15 - 10:30
second performance 12:15 to 1:30
Thursday, May 25th/17 first performance 9:15 - 10:30
second performance 12:15 - 1:30
Friday, May 26th/17 first performance 9:15 - 10:30
second performance 12:15 to 1:30
Join us JUNE 16th at The Falls Golf Course for our first Paint Nite Fundraiser!
June 16th at the Falls Golf course. Please join me and my fellow Optimists at our first paint nite fundraiser. this is the link to buy tickets https://www.paintnite.com/events/_1184901
Tickets are $45.00 and 15$ goes to our club to continue to fund our programs for youth in Chilliwack.
The 4th Annual Optimist Circles of Friends fundraiser for kids in need in our community takes place on December 2nd. Tickets are $25 each and include a fabulous night of dancing to the oldies with Rockwell (Fred Webber, Frank Kozel & Mark Tarras). Bring along a new, unwrapped toy and/or food bank item. This event sells out EARLY so do contact Glenda Standeven at 604-997-5787 for your tickets soon! Also, half tables will be reserved in your name for 8 friends in your circle or reserve full tables for 16. Cold buffet (meat and cheese platters from Hofsteads), assorted salads, and desserts open from 6:30 - 11:00pm.
Optimist Club of Chilliwack
Optimists believe that a positive approach will bring out the best in our kids!. We would like to acknowledge and Thank the people of Stó:lō Nation for allowing us to live, work and help the Kids on their Traditional Territory. We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō.