Welcome to the Colorado/Wyoming Optimist District


Impacting the Future

As Governor, I want to thank you for visiting our Colorado/Wyoming Optimist website where we keep all fifty-six of our Optimist clubs connected. As an Optimist since 1987, I am amazed at how we impact the future of the children in our District. I remember from my first days as an Optimist my participating in an after-school reading program, reading to first and second graders and seeing the excitement in their eyes as I read to them. I had never had that experience in my life and it was very fulfilling. I remember assembling Easter baskets for kids who didn’t have the opportunities that other children took for granted and passing them out to those children.

I come forward and reflect upon my home club just recently doing a pumpkin carving with young boys who reside at Shiloh House. Our club has monthly events with these boys; game nights, outings to the Broncos Practice Facility, The Rockies and even a fishing outing where each boy was able to catch a couple of fish each and had a great fish fry the next evening. Not only does my club participate in these types of events but clubs all across Colorado and Wyoming have many different, but just as impactful events upon the children in their communities.

We as Optimists exist because we strive to “Bring out the Best in Kids.” As I write right now we are preparing to hold our annual Oratorical Contest. But this isn’t your ordinary Oratorical this year because contestants will be able to compete for scholarship monies totaling $22, 500.00 in our world competition held in St. Louis at St. Louis University. Their topic will be, “How my Best brings out the Best in Others.” WOW! I just get excited writing about it. Not only do we have an Oratorical but we also have an Essay Contest and that topic is “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction.” If you are interested in either of these contests please go to www.optimist.org.

As Optimists we are proud of what we accomplish in our communities. We truly work towards making a difference in those communities. But, we need more help. We need YOUR help. We impact approximately 54,000 children each year through our projects and events. We would like to take that to 60,000 or more. We can do it with more help. If you would like to learn more about us please click on the list of clubs and find the one club nearest you. You will certainly be welcome. Help us help the children in your community BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE.


Curt Merrill

Governor CO/WY Optimist District

Impacting the Future: One Member, One Child



May 2016
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April 25, 2016 April 26, 2016 April 27, 2016 April 28, 2016 April 29, 2016 April 30, 2016

Category: GeneralColorado-Wyoming District Oratorical Contest

Category: District EventsDistrict Oratorical Contest

May 1, 2016

Category: GeneralColorado-Wyoming District Oratorical Contest

Category: District EventsT1DOC On-line Auction

May 2, 2016 May 3, 2016 May 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 7, 2016 May 8, 2016
May 9, 2016 May 10, 2016 May 11, 2016 May 12, 2016 May 13, 2016

Category: GeneralExecutive Board Meeting

Category: District EventsT1DOC of the Rockies Auction

Category: District EventsCasino Night

May 14, 2016

Category: GeneralCCDHH Oratorical Contest


Category: GeneralColorado/Wyoming 3rd Quarter District Conference

May 15, 2016
May 16, 2016 May 17, 2016 May 18, 2016 May 19, 2016 May 20, 2016 May 21, 2016

Category: District EventsUncorked! Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

May 22, 2016
May 23, 2016 May 24, 2016

Category: District EventsGolf Scramble Fundraiser

May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016 May 27, 2016 May 28, 2016 May 29, 2016
May 30, 2016 May 31, 2016 June 1, 2016 June 2, 2016 June 3, 2016 June 4, 2016 June 5, 2016