GATEway Optimist District Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Georgia and Tennessee Optimists, we are preparing for the 2017-2018 CCDHH Contest. As in the past we have contacted The Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired and The Georgia Interpreting Services Network to assist with the program. Services will be contacted in Tennessee.

Contest information and forms will be sent to all Lt. Gov. and club presidents the first of January 2018. Please consider the following ideas as you begin planning:

1. There will only be club contests and those winners will go on to the District Contest, April 28th, 2018 in Rome, GA. There will be an entry fee of $35 for each club entry to the District competition. All club contest winner’s information must be sent to the District Chair by April 1, 2018.

2. When you read through the Optimist CCDHH information you will notice that only one contest is mentioned. Our District has two contests, Oral and Signing. A $2500.00 scholarship from the Optimist International Foundation is presented to one winner and another $2500.00 scholarship is presented from The GATEway District to the other winner. The above is mentioned so you can prepare young people for both contests.

3. Contact your local school system and seek out the names of the teachers in charge of programs for the deaf students. Ask if teachers will help the young people prepare for the contest.

4. Contest judges and interpreters are very important to this program, please follow rules for their selection.

A program will be held at the 1st Quarter Conference and all aspects of the program will be discussed and contest material will be given out to those attending. For further information or questions contact Ellen Strait at or 478-922-3611.

“GATEway Optimists Bringing Out the BEST and Providing a Brighter Tomorrow For the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Youth of OUR States”


Ellen Strait

125 Wake Forest Dr

Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478-922-3611), (478-957-5960)



Fees:  The winning entry from each club must be accompanied by an entry fee check in the amount of Thirty-five dollars ($35), made payable to Gateway District, Optimist International. This fee applies to ALL winning entries advancing to another level of competition. These fees are normally paid by the sponsoring club.


Online Info: Planning Guide, application, and contest rules can be accessed: click on this link to the OI website.


Download: the Application and Contest Rules form.