Monthly Archives: January 2016

Harper Creek Robotics

The Harper Creek Robotics Organization, under the direction of Harper Creek High School science teacher Steve Barry, presented an informative and interesting program to our club during our weekly meeting on January 21st. Robots that the 5th/6th grade team and the 7th/8th grade team constructed were demonstrated by team members. District competition for those two teams has concluded for the year with the 5th/6th grade team placing 3rd out of 32 schools and the 7th/8th team placing 15th. The High School team is presently constructing their robot for competition which will commence with two meets in March. Our club has helped financially support this worthwhile organization the past few years and this year donated $750 towards their endeavors.

Standing in front with their robots are 5th/6th grade team member Avery Kushion and 7th/8th grade team member Mykhalia Kintigh. In the back (L-R) are 5th/6th grade coach Dr. Jeromy Myers, High School team member Patrick Rowe, High School team member Amy McGlothen, 7th/8th grade coach Macey Kintigh, High School team member Sami Pajik, Program Director and High School coach Steve Barry and High School team member Travis Holton.  IMG_4600

Essay Contest

Attention: Young Essayists

Our club is again sponsoring the Optimist International Essay Contest. If you do not turn 19 years of age by October 1, 2016 and are interested in winning the local writing contest for $300 and potentially the District contest for $2,500, here’s your chance to step up. This year’s topic is “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”. You must adhere to the rules of the contest. For specific information and an official entry form, please download the entry form: Essay Entry Form  The contest is open to all local youth and the deadline to enter your essay for judging is Monday, February 22nd. Please submit your essay and entry form via email to or in hard copy to 4275 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek 49015 (an Optometry office). The entry form is a .pdf file fill-in form. The Sponsoring Optimist Club Name is Harper Creek Optimist Club and The Sponsoring Optimist Club Number is 17200. Please direct questions to 269-979-1561 and ask from Dr. Miller. Our club did not participate in the contest last year, but please go to the above link: Youth Service Projects and click on Essay Contest to view information and read the winnings essays from 2014 and 2013.

2016 Cash Raffle

Again this year, our club invites you to a great fun evening and a chance to win $8,000 plus numerous other smaller monetary denominations. The Harper Creek Optimist Cash Raffle will be held at the Riverside Country Club on Saturday, March 5th. The dinner with new catering will commence at 6:30 PM and the drawing begins at 7:30 PM. Although you’ll miss out on the community camaraderie, you do not have to be present to obtain your winnings. Click on the link for a flyer of this year’s event and to obtain an on-line ticket, click on the Home Page 2016 Cash Raffle link. All proceeds from our club’s main fundraiser are channeled back into youth community projects.

Cash Raffle 2016