GATEway District
2017 - 2018 Optimist Year



After a record breaking Oratorical Contest this last year in the GATEway District, we look forward to yet a better contest this year.  Our goal is to have 40 Clubs participate this year.  Start now preparing for your club to send a boy and girl up the “Oratorical Ladder” with the opportunity to win $22,500 in scholarships.  Look to the District Newsletter for information and come to the District Meetings to gather insight, suggestions, and hear of the joy of doing this for our kids!  And How Are The Children in your community?  

Tentative deadlines for the contest are: 
Local Club contest winners received by the Lt. Governors:  March 14, 2018
Zone Club contest winners received by the District Regional Chair:  March 28, 2018
District Regional contest winners received by the District Chair: April 11, 2018
District Contest to be held in Rome, Georgia, April 28, 2018
The Oratorical Contest was first conducted in 1928.  The topic for the 2017-2018 year will be “WHERE ARE MY ROOTS OF OPTIMISM?”
Here is contact information for the GATEway District Oratorical Chair:
Richard Newman
202 E. Washington Avenue
Athens, Tennessee 37303
Again, we look forward, WITH YOUR HELP, having another record breaking year in both participants and clubs.  

The contest is open to students under the age of 18 by October 1, 2017. Students must enter in the District in which they reside.

Fees:  Each winning contestant from a 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.


Your next step?   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.