Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

One Ohio Contestant to win $3500 scholarship!

TOPIC: “How my Best Brings out the Best in Others”

Cincinnati contest to be held at West Chester Library March 22nd 5pm

Northeast Ohio contest to be held at Strongville BW3’s April 9th 12:30pm

Columbus and Centerville Dates and Locations TBD  (Late March/early April)

Local contest winners will advance to Ohio District competition May 6th or 7th where the Ohio District winner will receive a $3500 scholarship.

Please contact me if you know of any organizations or individuals who can help promote this event, or feel free to  forward this link to them.  Currently, only two other clubs in the entire state are holding contests so this is a great opportunity for a young student to win a sizable scholarship.   The C.C.D.H.H. is an annual contest held by the Ohio Optimists, along with our Essay and Oratorical Contests which are all announced in late August or early September.  We have been struggling getting Optimist clubs in Ohio to participate in the C.C.D.H.H. as there are difficulties in finding students that qualify and who are interested in participating.  We would like to get more people and organizations aware of this event so that more students throughout the state will take advantage of this great opportunity.

Looking for high school students with 40 decibel hearing loss to compete in 4-5 minute communication contest delivered by voice or ASL or some combination.  For more details and contest rules, visit:

Are you an ASL interpreter looking for a volunteer opportunity?  We’d love to have you judge the students.

Questions please email Heather Craaybeek  513-441-9648

Successful Christmas Tree Drive

Centerville Noon Optimist completed another very successful Christmas Tree Sale this season. This annual fundraiser generates about one third of the budget for the kids activities sponsored by the Optimist club. Also, much fellowship is had by club members serving together to make the Christmas tree lot run smoothly.

Welcome to Centerville Noon Optimist! “It’s not what we do…it’s why we do it.”

Watch our three-minute video presentation that explains how bringing out best in ourselves brings out the best in others.


The Noon Optimist Club of Centerville is a fellowship of people who get things done. We set examples and embrace an optimistic mindset for the community to see. We display leadership skills and working relationships locally, regionally and nationally. Whether you are searching for an outlet to give back and help your community or are looking for personal development, you will find what you are looking for in our club.


Oratorical Contest

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club supports Optimist International with the annual Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest.  This contest provides an opportunity for students to develop important public speaking skills.  Students under the age of 18 as of October 1st are eligible to participate.  Contestants deliver a four to five minute speech at regular club meetings in January or February.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition, and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Winners at the state level receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Optimist International Oratorical Link and LIVE  STREAMING

The topic is determined annually by Optimist International.  For 2019, it is “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”

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Click here to download an application form.

For more information or to submit an application form:

Liz Fultz

c/o Washington-Centerville Public Library

111 W. Spring Valley Rd.

Centerville, OH  45458