Holdrege Optimist Club Bringing Out the Best in Kids

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                       Registration Forms For The 2014 Holdrege Optimist Tournament Are Now Available To Download On The Wrestling Page

                  Oratoricle and Essay Contest Information is now available on the Academics Page

2014 Officers and Board of Directors

In September of this year, the Holdrege Optimist Club installed our new officers and board of directors for this year. We are pleased to welcome several new faces to the board as well as many of our veteran volunteers. Together with our members at large and other volunteers, we are looking forward to another exciting and successful year of providing service, sports, and scholastic opportunities to our area youth and communities. Please feel free to contact our club or any of our board members at any time with questions or concerns.

2014 Officers

  • President Amy Rademaker
  • Past President Corey Wiese
  • Treasurer Tonya Denton
  • Secretary Marge Melroy

2014 Board of Directors

  • Rod Melroy
  • Sean Rademaker
  • Sheila Furgison
  • Troy Melroy
  • Jonathan Sand
  • Nicki Schultz

 Giving Back

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of our volunteers and donors, the Holdrege Optimist Club was able to help fund several equipment upgrades for the High School athletic department.

As a way of saying “Thank  You” for the continued use of the school facilities for our sports program, we were able to donate nearly $10,000 towards the purchase of equipment including helmets, wrestling mats, travel bags, and volleyball nets for the middle school.

Because of your support, we are able to help make sure our athletes have the best and safest equipment possible!

  Mission Statement

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

 Vision Statement

Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all  children and helps them develop to their full potential.

About Us

The Holdrege Optimist Club started in September 1969 as a service organization providing positive athleticand academic programs for are youth. Members and volunteers strive to build a strong foundation of sportsmanship, fair play, and civil service with emphasis on “Fun and Fundamentals” as well as parent involvement in all of their activities. Driven by the Optimist International mottos, “Friend of youth” and “Bringing out the best in kids”, the Holdrege Optimist Club has provided athletic and academic opportunities to thousands of area youth.

Points Of Interest About Our Club

  • Over $100,000 has been donated to Holdrege Public Schools by our club
  • High School coaches and athletes are active in our programs
  • We are a non-profit organization ran by members and volunteers
  • We are part of the larger Optimist International Club that promotes youth activities worldwide
  • Optimist participants are eligible to qualify for national competitions
  • Holdrege Optimist Club works with other service organizations in our community to enhance opportunities for our youth
  • All activities are offered at a minimal cost or for free

Kearney Hub Freedom Award Winner

The Holdrege Optimist Club has been selected to received The Kearney Hub Freedom Award in the Service Organizations category. Members of our club will be attending a banquet and awards presentation on March 22nd in Kearney to receive this award along with many other wonderful people and organizations receiving the award in other categories.

We would like to thank all of our members for the hard work, time, and efforts they put into our club to make this award possible. Together we have helped to make our community a better place, as well as offer many opportunities to the youth of Holdrege. GREAT JOB EVERYONE!


Postponements and Cancellations

Also, if for any reason, practice or events are cancelled or postponed, we will post the notice on this page or our Facebook page  as soon as the information becomes available to us.