Monthly Archives: January 2017

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, 2017and are interested in winning the local writing contest for $300 (2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100) plus potentially the District contest for $2,500, here’s your chance to step up. This year’s topic is “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”. You must adhere to the rules of the contest. For specific information and an official entry form, please download the entry form: Essay Application & Rules 2017  The contest is open to all local youth and the deadline to enter your essay for judging is Wednesday, February 15th. 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 for Dr. Miller. On the website Menu click on Essay Contest under Youth Service Projects to view information and read the winning essays from previous years.

A Magical Presentation

Doug Gancer, grandson of club member Carson Gancer, provided our club with a touch of his magical expertise during our weekly meeting on January 19th. Club members and guests in attendance were mesmerized and perhaps a little confused with his professional presentation.

Doug, along with 5 other magicians will be the star performers at our club’s first Magic Show, which will be offered to the public on May 19th at the Harper Creek High School Auditorium. It will be a two hour spectacle starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the show are only $10 and will soon be available for purchase. This is a first-time fund raiser for our club and we are hoping for community support in our efforts; all proceeds from the event will be channeled back into the community for youth projects. Pictured below is Doug in action.  IMG_5423 IMG_5424

New Optimist Members

During our club’s weekly meeting on January 19th four new members were ceremoniously installed into our club roster by President Dustin King. Our club is proud and honored to have these active community residents join our ranks. The new members with President King are pictured below: Stacey DeMoss (supported by her niece Berkley King), Debbie Lampert, President Dustin King, Joe Sobieralski and Eric Gymer.IMG_5430