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Our Projects

Claire Ruehl Scholarship 

In memory of Claire Ruehl, who was an active member of the Caldwell community and it's youth programs, the Caldwell Optimist club has dedicated two college scholarships in his name.

Each year two scholarships, $1,500 and $1,000, are awarded to seniors attending school in the Vallivue or Caldwell school districts. These scholarships can only be used to attend an Idaho college.


Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

There vision is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society, through understanding and action, based on effective and compassionate leadership. The Caldwell Optimist provide a breakfast for the Idaho HOBY conference each year. This is a one morning project that allows the club members to meet some of Idaho’s brightest young people. 


Junior Golf International Qualifier

The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship is one of the largest and most prestigious junior golf events in the world. In addition to top-level tournament golf, participants can compete against other Junior Golfers from all around the globe, make new friends and have a great deal of fun. The Caldwell Optimist help put together the Jr. Golf tournament for Idaho. The tournament winners qualify for the Optimist International tournament. The clubs help pay two qualifies way to the international tournament.  At the current time we are working with the City of Caldwell golf professional.


Caldwell Public Library

The Caldwell Optimist Club works to provide support to the Caldwell Public Library Summer Reading Program. Designed to help put books into the hands of local kids, the Optimists contribute yearly to this great program. Additionally, we sponsor the monthly Optimist Family Movie at the Library every 3rd Saturday of the month at 2 p.m.

Other Youth Supported

Caldwell Mayor's Youth Advisory Council
Caldwell High Girls Soccer
Ridgevue High Robotics
Heritage Charter School 
Caldwell High Robotics
Caldwell/Ridgevue High Safe Senior Night

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