Cadet of The Year
Our Club provides a $250 scholarship each year to a member of the West Bend Police Explorer Post to recognize his or her dedication to the activities of the Post and to assist with their future education.
Fran Wajer Memorial Scholarship
Our Club presents an annual $1,000 scholarship to one area high school senior or two $500 scholarships to two high school seniors in memory of Fran Wajer, a former Optimist Club of West Bend member. Criteria is sent to each public and parochial high school in the West Bend area. A committee of Club members chooses the recipient based on our application process. Presentation of the check is at a Club meeting in May.
Crossing Guard of The Year
We distinguish a school crossing guard chosen by the West Bend Police Department because he or she has exhibited dedication to the care of children in his or her duties as a crossing guard. This guard is invited to lunch where he or she receives an award and is acknowledged by the Police Department.
Optimist International Oratorical Contest
This is an annual competition where youth gain experience in public speaking and the opportunity to compete for college scholarships. The first and second place winners move onto a district competition and can continue onto additional competitions that lead to a World competition. Over $150,000 in college scholarships are awarded.
2021 Oratorical Contest First Place - Chloe Loether
2021 Oratorical Contest Second Place - Tianna Loether