Capital-Virginia District Optimist International


District Oratorical Competition Winner
Takes Home $2,500 Scholarship

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Pooja Muthuraj, a Freshman at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies in Richmond (center), was the winner in the Capital-Virginia District Optimist International Optimist Oratorical Competition.  The contest was based on a theme of “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?” As the winner of the contest, Ms. Muthuraj will receive a $2,500 scholarship.  Linda Van Le (right) placed second and Ishan Joshi (left) placed third.  Tom Shearer (far left) was Master of Ceremonies and Chester Grizzard (far right) is the the Capital-Virginia District Governor.  Click here for pictures and more information…

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

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