Major Club Events


SOC Sponsors various activities throughout the year. Listed below are a few of our major events.


SOC CHRISTMAS PARTY

SOC Sponsored Christmas Party for the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove

Christmas Party for the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove

SOC believes that all kids regardless of their situation should enjoy a memorable holiday season, and for over 25 years we have partnered with the Garden Grove Boys and Girls Club to host a Holiday party for less privileged families. This has become one of our most enjoyable traditions. However due to the COVID 19 situation a party could not be scheduled this year, so instead a drive through Christmas dinner was provided. This event is chaired by Sharon Okazaki.

 BOY AND GIRL SCOUTS RECOGNITION 

Each year the SOC organization strives to advance its mission of serving the youth and continuing to make a difference in the community. One of our events is a dinner to recognize the the achievement of the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award. The 2021 Recognition Dinner was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but we plan to resume this celebration event in 2022.

This annual event is chaired by Kent Suzuki.

SOC/OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL SPONSORED CONTESTS

Our annual events chaired by Kent and Nancy Suzuki. Contact Us for Additional Information
ORATORICAL

The contest is designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking, perfect self-expression, gain self-assurance, improve communication skills, and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a Optimist International sponsored college scholarship.

The contest is open to youth under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. There is no minimum age.

Interested youth should prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the assigned topic to be presented at SOC's event. The speeches are judged at the Club level, Zone level, District Regional level (if needed) and then at the District level prior to the Optimist International Oratorical World Championships. Clubs and Districts may choose to allow contestants to compete via online streaming.

ESSAY

The Essay Contest is to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.

Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

All Club-level contests are held by early February. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed. Topic for the 2020-21 school year is: "Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism" to be qualified you must be under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 (and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution). Applications are no longer being accepted.

SOC PANCAKE BREAKFAST

One of our major fundraisers to support activities to build self esteem in youth. Funds are used for our many youth activities including high school scholarships and sponsorship of SEYO youth athletic program. Tickets may be purchased from members of the individual SEYO organizations, Suburban Optimist members or at the breakfast. This event is normally held in Spring at Orange County Buddhist Church. This event is chaired by Dan Fukushima and Al Baez.

Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, the 2021 Pancake Breakfast has been cancelled. We hope to see you in 2022.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR RECOGNITION

An annual event since 1966, SOC honors Southern California graduating High School seniors of Japanese ancestry. The seniors are invited to a semi-formal dinner and have an opportunity to listen to a relevant guest speaker. Each graduate is acknowledged for their scholastic achievements and community involvement and receives the Suburban Optimist’s Youth Recognition Achievement Award that evening. Four to six scholarships are also presented to deserving applicants at the evening’s event. This event is chaired by Kasie Leung.

The 2021 SOC HS Senior Awards Dinner will not be held. Scholarships and awards will still be awarded for this year, please submit applications by: April 9, 2021

2021 Recognition Dinner Student Forms (Word Format) Linked Below: 


SOC would like to congratulate our 54th annual 2020 Senior Recognition winners:

Alyson Chang
Aidan Kosaka 
Gerrett Lim 
Caroline Mendoza 
Maia Oganeku 
Matt Okazaki (SOC octagon winner) 
Justine Sato 
Nolin Togashi 
Rachel Wong 


Due to Covid19, we weren't able to celebrate together with our seniors but we were able to offer the scholarship portion. With the generous of our sponsors, SOC was able to award total 9 scholarships. Huge Thanks go to the Tanaka family, Takata family and Fukushima family!
Congratulate to all high school seniors!

SOC GOLF TOURNAMENT

Another of our major fundraisers each year is the Annual Suburban Optimist Club Golf Tournament. Proceeds from this event support the many youth programs that are conducted throughout the year. This event is held on the Monday prior to Memorial day at Yorba Linda Country Club.

The SOC Golf Tournament for 2021 has been cancelled. Mark your calendars for our 2022 event on May 23, 2022 @ Yorba Linda Country Club. More information will be posted when available. 

This event is chaired by Eiji Yoshihiro: and Miles Yano.

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