The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold  


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OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL ORATORICAL CONTEST                                      presented by                                                                                                                              The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold

This contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016.  There is no minimum age and no grade level requirement.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Submit your 4-5 minute speech and application on "What the World Gains from Optimism” to the Sunrise Optimist Club Oratorical Contest chairperson Sylvia Allen ( by March 20, 2017  Speeches will be given on Saturday, April 1, 8:30 A.M. at CentraState Medical Center.

Participants will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Strict adherence to the time allowed
  • Content of Speech
  • Delivery and presentation of speech
  • Overall effectiveness
  • Level of professionalism

1st and 2nd Place winners will each receive $500 scholarships and the 1st Place winner will compete in the District contest for additional prizes: 1st Place $2,500, 2nd  Place $1,500 and 3rd Place $1,000.  The winners from the eight other Optimist districts will compete for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The winner of the Regional competition will advance to the International level and compete for $15,000, $10,000 or $5,000 in World Championship Scholarships.

Press Ctrl + Click on the link below to access the Application.  A complete set of rules are available at:     

Any questions:  Contact Bill Woodard (732-446-9782) or Sylvia Allen (732-946-2711)

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The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold is a community service organization dedicated to "Bringing out the best in children". We’ve been working with kids in the Freehold area since 1984. Optimist clubs are members of a worldwide service organization dedicated to serving the youth in their communities.

The purpose of The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold is to develop “Optimism” as a philosophy of life and to aid and encourage the youth of our community. 

We are a group of people that care about kids. Our members include people from every aspect of our community: business, civil service, social, educational, cultural, retirees and even young people. The club is open to all adults.

Are you in good standing in the community, have integrity and a heart for serving kids? Come join us! We’d love to meet you as our guest at our weekly meetings.

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold

Fridays @ 7:00 am
3445 US Hwy 9
Freehold, NJ 07728


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