Talbot Optimist Club to Sponsor Oratorical Contest for Youth

Easton, Maryland – The Talbot Optimist Club is encouraging area youth to speak their minds about the topic “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On to Greater Achievements of the Future,” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2014-2015 year.  This year’s contest will be held at the Avalon Theatre in Easton on April 15, 2015.  The Talbot Optimist is accepting entries from Talbot County youth and the surrounding counties as well.

The Optimist Club will judge the local youths’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine top winners.  The winning speeches will be sent to the zone level, and possibly the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.  Last year’s Talbot Optimist winner, Tyler Judd of Easton, went on to also win the district competition.

Students under the age of 19, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible to participate.

“As they prepare for their future, many of our local youth need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience,” Club President Rick VanEmburgh said.  “The Oratorical Contest challenges them to do just that and also offers an opportunity for scholarships.  In this way, our club hopes to bring out the best in each of them and help them to achieve their goals for the future.”

The deadline for submitting applications to participate is April 14th.  Youth wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Club President, Rick VanEmburgh at 410-253-8484 or emailing rick.vanemburgh@gmail.com.

The Talbot Optimist has been an active member of the Talbot County community since it was chartered in 1996.  Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include the annual Christmas tree sales and the Talbot Optimist Golf Tournament held each year in May at the Harbourtowne Golf Resort in St. Michaels.  The Talbot Optimist Club has raised over $200,000 to aid Talbot County youth activities since its charter.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 75,000 members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world.  The Optimist Oratorical Contest is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more than 2,000 clubs participating annually.  Carrying the motto ”Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimist conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year.  To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.  For more information regarding the annual Talbot Optimist Golf Tournament to be held on May 8, 2015, contact the Harbourtowne Golf Resort Pro Shop at 410-745-5183 or email golf@harbourtowne.com.