May 18 at the Community Pool lot sponsored by Central Bank of Boone County - South County Bank - click a pic for full size image
2019 Oratorical Contest Winners
Topic: Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?
The contest was held at our club on Sunday, April 7 The 1st and 2nd place winners are invited to the District Contest, May 4th at the 3rd Qtr District Conference in St. Louis. They will be competing for up to $2500 in scholarships and the opportunity to move on to win more scholarship monies. 3rd place is the alternate. The alternate will be invited should 1st or 2nd not be able to attend.
1st - Morgan Moats, sponsored by Rolla Optimist; 2nd - Miles Cone, sponsored by Ashland Optimist; 3rd - Collin Hale sponsored by Rolla Optimist.
- photo courtesy Janet Popejoy
Morgan Moats, Miles Cone, Collin Hale
Tri-District Conference Selfie! Celelbrating 100 Years of Optimism, The Eastern MO, Western MO and Kansas districts combined their second quarter conferences to meet together February 15-16, 2019 in Kansas City. Despite inclement weather over 150 Optimists attended! That's Optimist International President Rebecca Butler Mona front left. Photo provided by Janet Popejoy.
January 5, 2019 - at Ashland Optimists:
The Nat'l Assoc of Women in Construction held a Building Block Kids competition in our building after our breakfast meeting Saturday for grade school aged children.
Photos by Janet Popejoy Click an image to enlarge
Building Block Kids 1
Building Block Kids 2
Building Block Kids 3
Breakfast meeting - December 22, 2018 Elmer delivers the Chirstmas Gospel, and sings Stille Nacht, then Blake, Bonderer and Travlos do it again!
Another breakfast masterpiece, featuring Robert's Christmas Crescent Wreaths!
Robert Blake's Christmas Crescent
Elmer recites the Christmas Gospel
Guests Katie Gowdy and Hannah Taylor lead the chow line
100 Years of Optimism: Lena Barrett Lee and Janet Oct 2018
2018 Cattlemen Days Rodeo Parade Saturday August 25 Photos courtesy Janet Popejoy
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Optimists at Independence Day Parade July 4, 2018 -photos courtesy Janet Popejoy Click a pic for full size image
Safety On Wheels May 5, 2018 photos courtesy of Rich Ward & Bryan Chapman (click an image to enlarge)
2 kids raring to go
Prizes and medals
Navigating the Slalom
Kids riding the course
Walking School Bus
Navigating the course
Setting up the cones
Busy Bingo Kitchen 11/17/17
Cooks Nov 17 Bingo Night - photo by Rich Ward
Kitchen Help at Bingo Night - photo by Rich Ward
Veterans Day Breakfast November 11, 2017 Click on an image to enlarge
Ashland Optimist Float 2017 Cattlemen Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, August 26, 2017
Thanks to Janet Popejoy for sending in these great pics!
SRO Crowd at Optimist Building for July 5 Town Hall Meeting
Optimist and Rodeo signs
Big crowd at our building for Town Hall
Sen McCaskill at Optimist Town Hall
Safety On Wheels Ashland Optimist Club June 3, 2017
WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST SATURDAY? Can John Travlos, Bern Bonderer, and Rober Blake do it again on June 10? ...and did we mention, Guests Eat For Free? You bet! See you on Saturday - and bring a friend!
Pancake Breakfast Chefs - Feb 4 2017
Mike & Traci Howard at Optimist Social
Debbie & Jim Bowden at Optimist Social
Optimist Social: Friends of Youth
Sharon & Wes Donley enjoy the Social
Glenn Sapp & Lena Long socializing
Optimist Board being sworn into Office
Lt. Gov. Pat Brauner swears in Officers
WINTER 2007/2008 BASKETBALL
Youth enjoy participating in the Optimist recreational basketball league. Games are held at the Primary, old Elementary and Middle school gyms each Saturday morning through March 1rst. This program provides a healthy activity during the winter months, and the Optimists greatly appreciate the use of school gyms. Parents are encouraged to attend and show positive support, clean up trash after the games, and not let children run in the hallways.