Optimist Flag Project Growing

Optimist Flag Project 2018

Optimist Flag Project 2018

In 2012 the Optimist Club of Oskaloosa began a project of placing flags in city resident’s yard as part of a club project to promote patriotism and help fund the club’s projects. There were 65 flags the first year and participation has grown each year since.

This past week the Optimist Club has kicked off its 2018 campaign and hopes the project continues to grow.

“The project has been wonderful for our city and club,” said RD Keep, secretary-treasurer of the club. “We have been able to support many community activities such as events at the George Daily Auditorium, Oskaloosa Middle School PBIS program, public library programs and movies for kids. We have been able to partner with the Oskaloosa Shooting Team to assist them with their activities and in return they help us place the flags.”

President Katelynn Nimtz said, “It is all about promoting patriotism in our town and allowing us to give back to our community. We are looking at a large project in conjunction with the new Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center.”

Project details are simple. For a $40 annual fee the Optimists will place a tube that juts up just above the ground (but easily mowed over) in the public right-of-way approximately four feet from the curb or edge of the road. On five holidays, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day the flags go up at sunup and are taken down just before dusk.

“We use a cotton cloth flag attached to a 10-foot standard that is inserted into the tube,” said Keep. “It is most impressive when several flags are fluttering in the breeze in a neighborhood. Edmundson Drive, 15th Avenue West and Westfield Drive have nearly 40 flags each time. We also have the Elmhurst Housing development with all participants. It is quite a sight to see.”

The Optimists will be at Penn Central Mall this Sunday for the Discover Mahaska event and residents may renew or sign up at the event. For the first time the club will be able to take card payments. Current subscribers should be receiving their renewal notices in the mail this week.

Keep said anyone interested in the placing a flag in their yard could contact him at 641-673-0123 or send a check for $40 with name, address and phone number to: Oskaloosa Optimist Club, PO Box 381, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.

“We hope more residents will join us this year,” said Keep. “We live in a great country and should celebrate our freedom and what better way than to display a flag.”

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