ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY – Tom Clinton

Since 1989 the Weddington Optimist Club has participated in the NC Adopt-A-Highway Program by picking up litter and trash along two miles of Hwy 84 where Optimist Park is located.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Rick Beaulieu

Every December the Weddington Optimist Club serves an all you can eat pancake breakfast for families that also includes crafts and pictures with Santa.

CHRISTMAS TREES – Dave Arone

Since 1980 the Weddington Optimist Club has been selling Christmas trees as a fund raising activity. Profits are used to support community service projects.

5 x $2,000 SCHOLARSHIP – Milton Sheffield

The Weddington Optimist Club started this program in 1997. Today, five deserving graduating students from Union county high schools can qualify for these scholarships.

ESSAY CONTEST – Bruce Sterrett

The Weddington Optimist Club conducts competitions for youth under 19 in the 10th, 11th & 12th grades. These 700-800 word essays can earn a $2,500 college scholarship at the District competition.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Dale & Sandy Whitney

This is an annual fund raising activity for the Weddington Optimist Club. Funds are used to support youth programs in our community.

CHRISTMAS FAMILIES – Ron Stamey

Each Christmas the Weddington Optimist Club provides gifts, clothing & food to one or two deserving families in Union county to insure they have a happy and joyful Christmas.

ORATORICAL CONTEST – Greg Babineau

Middle and high school students under age 19, give a 4-5 minute speech on a given topic. District level winners qualify for a $2,500 college scholarship.

IMPROVED STUDENT PARTY – Dave Arone

The Weddington Optimist Club recognizes students from 3rd-5th grades from all Union county schools who are selected by their teachers/counselors as making efforts to improve themselves during the school year.

VISUAL ARTS CONTEST – John Varda

The Visual Arts contest is open to elementary students who are 11 years old and under. It encourages and celebrates visual art skills in painting and drawing. It gives youth an outlet for their creativity.

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - Gabriella Dunkel

Provides an opportunity for high school students to use their creative skills to visualize one of the statements from the Optimist Creed.